Club History

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.











Saturday, 19 November 2011

ABC auction & competition for trees purchased from previous auctions

It was auction night, the most eagerly awaited night of the year.
Also this year we decided to hold a competition for trees purchased at previous auctions.

Here are a few pictures from the evening;

Philip Anthony awards the cup (sponsored by Philip) to Pete for his winning tree a Juniper Procumbens (shown below)
 Pete's winning Juniper Procumbens
 John's 2nd placed Juniper Procumbens
 Mike's 3rd place Trident forest planting
 Chris's Larch
 Chris's root over rock field maple
 Tony's hawthorn
 Derek's escallonia









PICTURES OF THE AUCTION TABLE


Mr Pitt braved the crowds this year and stepped in as auctioneer for the first half of the evening as I'd been to the dentist and was having trouble keeping my chin dry...
 A lovely planting of 3 chinese elms
 Cotoneasters, hawthorn and english yew
Tony scans the sales table....you'll notice that his wife had tied his arms behind his back so that he couldn't make any bids....
 Large white pine, 3 pines in a plastic tub, small acer and an escallonia
 Crab apple with lovely coloured fruits

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Welcome to our latest 3 followers.

A warm welcome to Will, Sandor & Pedro.
Thanks for joining us guys, we hope you enjoy the blog.

Monday, 7 November 2011

It's been a long time

Sorry it's been so long since our last post.
Here are a few pictures taken at our last club night.

Crazy Chris Dodds takes out his rage on an unsuspecting rock planting of larch on tufa


Mr Pitt and Mr Hill discuss the complexities of the world economic crisis and Derek's juniper
 Peter Tombs lovely juniper, recently worked on with Pete Warren
Mike Rose works on his pine group, Dave Shore snorts recreational drugs from Mikes shirt
Paul Warder's english oak...what a crap tree....mine died over the winter....I'm not bitter
 John's juniper rigida
 Deadwood detail to the rear of the rigida

John's hinoki, recently purchased from crazy Cris Dodds







Paul Warder's lovely mulberry







Vere works on his english elm, field grown from a cutting for 10 years, lovely bark texture.











In an effort to assist with getting the UK economy back on track, ABC are having their yearly auction on Thursday 17th November.
There will also be a competion for trees purchased at previous auctions, which will be voted on by club members.
New members or visitors are welcome to attend the auction, however we will not let you buy the good stuff....what good stuff I hear all the members shout !!
It's a great night not to be missed.......bring your wads of cash.