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

Friday 22 November 2019


The meeting held on the second Thursday in November is auction night, one of the highlights of the year. A chance to pick up (and move on) some material. Credit as always to resident auctioneer JB who kept the activities on track and with great humour. As usual I travelled home with more things than I arrived with, but some interesting projects for the winter.

As an encouragement to buy cheap material and develop it into show condition, we also hold the auction tree club show on the same night. Only trees or material bought through the auction over the years can be entered.

Last night’s winner was club secretary Paul who had bought the winning Pyracantha as a stump in a box from Chris (seem here handing over the trophy) and in quite a short period developed it into the show winning tree seen here in a lovely Dan Barton pot the colour which will really show the Pyracantha berries to good effect in future. Obvious mirth between the seller of the cheap raw material cheap, and the subsequent winner of the show. Great laughs as always.

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