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.
As usual, there was eager anticipation for the yearly club auction.
Many fine examples ;0) of bonsai and pre bonsai were bought along so that new custodians could take over their care and development for the future.
This year we had opened up the auction for telephone bids from Japan....unfortunately the satellite link was faulty....or no one bothered ringing !!
Poor Tony, his wife had tied his hands behind his back again to prevent him bidding
Tony wipes a tear from his eye (after breaking loose from his bonds) after assessing the quality trees up for grabs
Shohin sized auction trees
Ted inspects an oriental bittersweet (I told you quality goods)
Tony & Derek checking out the goods
On auction night we also hold an annual competition where club members bring along trees purchased at previous auctions to compete for the Philip Anthony cup.
Derek (right) accepts the winners cup (for his cotoneaster) from Philip
We were lucky to be invited to put on a small display of trees last weekend at the Bonsai Bash 2012.
Corin Tomlinson at Greenwood Bonsai Studio kindly offered us some space to display so we jumped at the chance.
Here are a few pictures of our trees on display.
Peter Tomb's Juniper itoigawa
Lovely little ceramic kingfisher on reed
John Brocklehurst's shohin composition of white pine & Chinese elm
Semi cascade white pine
Cork bark Chinese elm
Moss ball with fern
John Brocklehurst's zelkova
Chris Dodds cedar
Collaborative shohin display
Peter Tomb's beautiful itoigawa juniper
John Brocklehurst's potentilla
Mike Rose's zelkova
Corin thinning out recently imported juniper, there is some great material for sale at the nursery, well worth a visit.
John Pitt's hawthorn raft
Mike Rose's trident maple
We had an enjoyable weekend, and made some new friends and hopefully may gain a new member or two.
Many thanks to Corin & Paul at the Greenwood Bonsai Studio for inviting us to display.
If you're ever in Nottinghamshire make sure you take the time to visit the nursery