Carols in the Park

Saturday 23rd December, 4:30pm, Astwood Bank Park

The nights are closing in. Halloween and Bonfire Night have passed.  Whilst its still early to talk of Christmas we know plans are put in place early and this event gets more and more popular each year. We want to make sure it’s in your diary!

So it will be on Saturday 23rd December starting at 4:30pm in the park next to the traffic lights. Look out for further details in the next edition of Astwood Bank News and on the carnival website

Sunflower Competition Winners

Astwood Bank in Bloom Sunflower Winners

With some 100 residents receiving free packets of sunflower seeds through Botany Bay and the Astwood Bank in Bloom team there have been hundreds of cheery yellow sunflowers brightening up the village throughout the summer. The first weekend of September saw the Astwood Bank in Bloom judges going out to measure a multitude of sunflowers that residents had entered into the informal competition.

Prizes of gift vouchers were kindly donated by Botany Bay for the tallest sunflower and the flower with the largest seed head.

This year’s winners were Tessa Hawkes, who managed to grow a sunflower to the magnificent height of 3.56 meters, and Jenny Lightfoot who nurtured her plants to produce a seed head of 28cm in diameter.

A truly great effort by not only them but all of the entrants.

Pictured below are Jamie Ratcliffe of Botany Bay handing out prizes to our two winners.


Plans are already in place for another sunflower competition for next year. So if you still have seed left over from this year don’t throw it away, but we will have some new stock next year as well. If you want to register for next year’s competition just email