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 24 November 2012

Auction night November 2012

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.
 Acer Palmatum
Derek (right) accepts the winners cup (for his cotoneaster) from Philip


  1. What did you get for "me" this year John?

    1. Hi Simon,
      I only managed to win one item this year, the big boys were wafting their wads about. Picked up a needle juniper that will hopefully make a nice literati in a few years and challenge for the cup.