Sandridge ready for 900th anniversary

The sign for Sandridge village

The sign for Sandridge village - Credit: Archant

A ST Albans village is gearing up for a year of festivities to celebrate more than 900 years of history.

Sandridge residents, clubs, schools and businesses have been called upon to get involved in planning and organising events to highlight and celebrate the village’s changing face over the past nine centuries.

St Leonard’s parochial church council and Sandridge parish council are jointly sponsoring a programme of fixtures running from March to November in 2014 including a fireworks display, performances and parties.

Festivities will cover the entire ancient parish within the Wheathampstead, Ayot St Lawrence and Lemsford borders in the north, down to Sandpit Lane in the south, and from Simonshyde to Harpenden Road.

Sandridge is popular with visitors to St Albans district, including to the recently planted Heartwood Forest which has attracted television celebrities to the village.

Chairman of the Sandridge 900+ steering committee Vivian Nutton said he welcomed help from villagers with the celebrations.

Many had already provided suggestions for events such as bake-offs, guided walks around Sandridge, concerts and treasure hunts.

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The committee is keen to hear from those who can offer assist with merchandise, securing sponsorship, exhibition and business skills.

Offers of help can be emailed to