The club was founded in 1993. Originally there was a single monthly meeting (in Sutton-in-Ashfield) but 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 just an occasional workshop. 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, however, we do invite one or two speakers of international fame to supplement our workshops 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 2014 the club members will continue to exhibit at major exhibitions, both at home and abroad. In particular, several trees owned by Ashfield members, have been accepted for display at the esteemed Noelanders Trophy Exhibition in Belgium. Also in the following month of February, the club has been invited to present a display stand at the Swindon Winter Image Show.
Monday, 27 September 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).