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

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


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'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

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