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.











Friday, 22 November 2013

Auction night November 2013

Another year has nearly passed as we gathered again in feverish anticipation of the yearly auction.

Unfortunately not as good a turn out as previous years but all the same another fun evening.

Here are some pictures of the usual suspects and auction trees.
There are also pictures of 4 trees from the annual competition held at the same time as the auction, these are all trees that were purchased from previous auctions, we feel it's a good way to show how even the humblest trees can turn into presentable bonsai, given time and proper training.

Looks like Mike's wife had been talking to Tony's wife, hands tied behind back !
A cracking Cedar with movement, taper, no visual graft point, and nicely ageing bark. Unfortunately this tree didn't reach its reserve of 350....pence
Nice mugo pine, I feel a cascade coming on
Tombsy struggling to spell leyllandi (spelling ?) for tree 1

Mr Pitt in his black leather gloves...kinky or what
Quince, white pine & juniper
Doddsy models a squamata juniper
Said Squamata, in fact 2 Squamata lovely starter material
Monty Python paid us a visit
Another lovely Cedar
Geoff checking whether anyone can see him giving Paul a wafty crank !
A bizarre bunch by all accounts !









And finally the competition trees

 
Mark's Lonicera
 Paul's Picea
Mike's Hawthorn, cracking little tree
John's Cotoneaster showing lovely autumn colour, pesky birds had the berries !

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