1st RG Siberian Elm

It was a busy January meeting with a number of new members, which is always good to see. The tree of the month was won by RG with his lovely Siberian Elm. 2nd was a maple by AB and 3rd was a cotoneaster by MB.

2nd AB Japanese Maple
3rd MB Cotoneaster

Hopefully everyone had a good Christmas and New Year and is looking forward to a great bonsai year for 2022. Depending on where you live will of course have determine how you are looking after your bonsai over the winter months. If you are in the South of the UK around the Swindon area, the main focus has been stopping trees becoming water logged as it has been a fairly wet and mild winter, so far.

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It is with sadness that I have to inform everyone that Dianne peacefully passed away Monday morning [15th Nov] with her relatives and close friends present.

Dianne has been a club member for sometime and many will know her from local shows and her passion for any tree with a bit of colour on it, no matter it’s shape.

Back in August she was suffering with acute pain and they eventually found a  cancerous lump on her pancreas, which was inoperable, but typical Dianne she didn’t want any fuss.

 I believe that the funeral will be held at the Memorial Woodlands, Earthcott Green, Near Thornbury, BS35 3TA…. 

Funeral is at 1015 hours on Thursday the 2nd December 2021 until 1245, a celebrant then private cremation. If you want to attend let me know for catering.

I know that for the last few months she has been in acute  pain, which they had difficulty controlling and now she is at peace.

Dan Barton a revered and experienced bonsai artist has decided to offer his collection, stands and poly tunnel for sale as a job lot. Some of these are large mature trees. Anyone interested can contact the Swindon club via the contact page and we will put you in touch with Dan.

If you are looking for that special tree, he is open to offers on his individual trees.

You can nearly always set your weather vane knowing that the Wanborough Country show is on and the weather will change. We always seem to have rain, such a shame for the show organisers, eventually it cleared up a bit and the crowds started to arrive. Still we managed to get the marquee up before the real rain started, and again getting the wet canvas down at the end of the show. A nice bacon roll is always a welcome start to the day. Some lovely old cars to have a look at, [click the picture to open it up]

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The Club will be taking our large marquee to the event so that any Swindon club member can bring a tree along for selection to go on the display. We try to show trees of all abilities so that it is of interest to the public viewing and not off putting with just show trees being displayed. It’s always a good day out with plenty to see and do. This is a show that we as a club have attended for a number of years. https://wanboroughshow.org/

Yet another successful Bonsai boot sale, the new location near Southwick was a big area so everyone could spread out. The heavy rain and thunder forecast for the day held off, It was a light drizzle during the opening but that didn’t stop the hardy crowd of visitors. There was a good selection of bonsai things to buy, including garden plants and ornament traders this kept everyone happy. It was good to catch up with friends after months of lockdown as well as meeting new people in the hobby. Well done to Tony, Chris and all those involved with the event.

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