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.











Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Simon Temblett visits Ashfield Bonsai Club

We were lucky to have Simon Temblett pay us a visit recently.
Members bought along trees for Simon to review and advise possible improvements and where required provide a drawing for the owner to work towards.

A very entertaining evening with an interesting and sometimes difficult selection of trees for Simon to work with.

Some of the trees brought along for Simon to review
More trees
Eeny, meeny, miney,
Nice little pine
Simon discusses Chris's English Yew
At work on a drawing for Chris to use as a reminder whilst developing the tree
Looking over Mark's Juniper
Several excellent drawings were provided for future reference
Paul's collected Hawthorn (Paul's Scarlett)
"Just like that"
Tony's contorted Juniper, this tree has been discussed many times at our club meetings and by visiting celebrities, Simon took it in his stride...eventually...and provided Tony with a drawing for reference


Mike's Rose
Paul's Korean Hornbeam
Peter's Hawthorn
Simon's drawing of a future design for the Hawthorn
John's Larch






"Last of the Summer Wine" anyone ?