It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the death of Ron Moorcroft a few days ago, He was a Lifetime Member of the Swindon Club.
Ron had been a member of the club since the 70’s until bad health prevented him from taking any active part in club meetings. His wife Jean also in the photograph was for a number of years the Club Chairperson.
Sadly Jean died a number of years prior to Ron. Both were always very enthusiastic about all club activities and some of the older bonsai enthusiasts out there will remember them both from the numerous shows that they attended around the country. Many traders will miss him, as he loved to purchase the bigger expensive trees and pots. He was always seeking out those larger trunks.
They both went out of their way to attract and encourage new members, I myself was taken under Ron’s wing well before I even had my own first tree and he trusted me with working on his own collection.
His funeral will be at Kingsdown Crematorium, Swindon on Monday the 21st July at 2.15pm.
A NEW look to a bonsai forum, so that it looks better, works faster and is more informative to all who take part. The European Bonsai Forum has a wonderful new look for all to enjoy.
The European Bonsai Forum was set up to discuss and promote discussion about the Native and Naturalized European trees and shrubs. The main instigator of this was Will Baddeley, who is well known for his lovely collection of trees, which have been displayed at most of the main events throughout Europe. He was one of the main Award winners at last years ‘Winter Image’ show and runs his own blog at http://wildwoodbonsai.blogspot.co.uk/. Come and try out this friendly forum that is available throughout Europe, it’s easy to register and you soon find your way around the site:-
John Trott at Mendip Bonsai Studio will have samples of the NEW bronze figures at the Swindon ‘Winter Image’ show on the 24th Feb 2013. He will be taking orders for delivery in early March or collection from him. He already has a large collection of bronzes which can be seen on his web site…http://www.mendipbonsai.co.uk/Gallery%20Bronzes.htm There are leaf-cutter ants, crabs, tree frogs and mushrooms. Mushrooms are designed to be inserted into a piece of log
The ‘Winter Image’ show will soon be here in less than 3 weeks. Here is a list of the Awards. The show and Main Awards are sponsored by John Pitt Bonsai Ceramics, John Armitage will be holding a tree demo/clinic so if you have any questions or tree problems, bring them along. He will be working on some of his lovely shohin trees.
I posted this picture on a Bonsai forum and several members thought that they were bronze/metal toadstools that had been used. In fact, my wife collected some large fir cones and put them on the wall out in all weathers.
While wandering around the garden on a cold morning I came across this and couldn’t wait to photograph them. It is a shame that I couldn’t freeze them and then use as an accent.