Club History

The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield), this was soon increased at the request of the members to two meetings a month.

Many more formal clubs depend on demonstrations, talks and slideshows with occasional workshops. At Ashfield the emphasis is very much towards the informal and "hands on". Members regularly bring their own own material to meetings. The club caters for a wide range of experience in bonsai and welcomes new members. Advice is available from the more seasoned and creative members and we try to foster a relaxed, "family feel" with everyone having a say in the clubs affairs. Each year we invite one or two speakers of international fame to present to us, and we occasionally organise weekend workshops with well known bonsai personalties. Presently our meetings are held in the comfortable and spacious church hall at South Normanton and new members are always welcome.

In 2019 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions both at home and abroad, with trees enterred for the Swindon Winter Image show in February (where the club has also been invited to present a display stand), and at the Bonsai Expo in April.

Members will also be attending the Trophy Exhibition in Belgium in February, the Doncaster show in March and other shows throughout the year

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Did we mention we'd been to Japan ?

Just reminiscing over my pictures from a fantastic trip to Japan in February

Monday, 27 September 2010

Sheffield BTA

Ashfield's Display of Shohin, which won the Gold Award for the Best Club Display at the Don Valley BTA Event 2010.

2010 annual club show

Ashfield Bonsai Club held its annual Club Show on 16 September.. The entries were of a particularly high standard this year and voting was close in all three classes. The winners were: Best Shohin -- Mike Rose (Trident Maple); Best Chuhin -- John Pitt (Itogoiwa Juniper); Best Large Tree -- Peter Goodhead (Trident Maple).

The Trident of Peter Goodhead was voted Best in Show and he is shown receiving the David Oliver Shield from Derek Hill (Club Treasurer).
The Winning Trees

Peter Goodhead (left) receiving his trophy

Monday, 12 April 2010

Club Meeting on 18 March 2010

The three members who had recently visited Japan (taking in several nurseries and the Kokofu Exhibition) gave an illustrated talk. Mike Rose had prepared an excellent slide show and it proved to be an absorbing evening.

John Brocklehurst

Mike Rose, Peter Warren & John Pitt

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

4th March Guest speaker Peter Warren

Regular visitor Peter Warren dropped in for the first meeting of March and gave a critique of members trees. He discussed the potential of 14 trees with his usual great expertise and attention to detail. He always finds a responsive audience at Ashfield. On the following Saterday he held a workshop for members, whilst alsospending several days with club members on a one-to-one basis

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Ashfield Bonsai Society

Ashfield Bonsai Society

18 Feb Workshop and show (winter images)

The members hard at work

The winning trees

The February workshop had the usual hands-on format, with members sharing experiences and ideas. It also encompassed the clubs fourth annual Winter Images competition. The standard of entries improves every year. The winning tree was a Kashima Maple and the runner-up a Nothofagus Antartica. Three members have recently visited Japan, taking in the Kokufu exhibition and trips to several nurseries.
An informal presentation will be given on the 18th March