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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Image credit: Dan Burn-Forti

One day I was eating a pomegranate when I had a sudden thought; could I grow one of these seeds. At Christmas I had been given a book on growing exotic fruit like oranges and lemons etc. In it they said to put the whole seed on a plate on the window sill and leave it until it started to go mouldy, then plant it in seed compost and place it in the airing cupboard, this was in 1991. Sure enough in no time several seedlings popped up, one of them I went on to develop into this tree.

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Only 3 weeks to go….There are about 39 seller pitches booked to date. These include top pot makers, tree suppliers, tools and soils. There will be trade sellers and private sellers. Sellers include Walsall ceramics, Gordon duffet, Dragonfly pots, Wood and clay, Collette’s Bonsai, Chris Thomas, Paul Rogers ceramics, Oceans organic bonsai feed, Troll pots, Spectre ceramics, and Oakfield Bonsai. Also 6 bonsai clubs have agreed to attend including Chichester, Swindon, Warminster, Blackmore vale, Salisbury, Staverton and UK Bonsai Association (UKBA).

Book your pitch to sale if you haven’t already through the contacts on the poster. And remember buyers are free entry.

Further info………. There is entry to site from pm the day before and you can free camp overnight. There is a barbecue for anyone wishing to do this. A burger van and ice cream van will be there on the day. Arriving to set up anytime Sunday morning if not the day before. Gates open at 9am for buying.

At last we are able to hold our club meetings back at the Coleview centre. The tables have been well spaced out so we can keep our distance from each other, if needed. There weren’t too many of us at the first meeting, due to many reasons but at least it attracted two new possible members to attend to ask many questions. Here are a few quick photos from the evening…….

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