Sat Workshop with John Trott


Following John’s ‘Gold’ medal successes at various shows, we were lucky to have him at the club for a day workshop on Sat 20th June 2015. Here are a few photos from the day. Many needed a good prune, shame I forgot to get some photos when they had been finished, but then we were all busy working!!! For John’s workshops see

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NEW Range of Pots at the 2015 Show


I have only just found out today that John Pitt Ceramics has been working on a NEW Range of shohin pots and they will be on show for the first time at the 2015 Swindon ‘Winter Image’ show on Sunday the 22nd Feb. It is explained in an earlier post that John is the main Award sponsor for the Winter Image show, so a great opportunity to see this new range.

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Information for 2015 ‘Winter Image’ show

GOOD NEWS – The bridge is open as works have been cancelled. So just ignore whats below………..see you all at the show 

Railway bridge closure, November – April 2015

This information is for anyone attending the ‘Winter Image’ show on the 22nd Feb 2015.

I wasn’t going to post this just yet, but a number of people are already arranging their accommodation within the Swindon area and they may find this helpful.

It affects anyone attending the show venue, from the town side of Grange Drive. The railway bridge on the B4006 at Greenbridge, has been closed and will remain so until April 2015 while they renew and raise the bridge for the electrification of the main London railway system. There is a diversion signed, but it takes you back towards the town centre. See Map

The railway bridge on Ermin Street, which is off the A419 Swindon bypass, A420 Oxford Road junction is no problem and may be your best route to the show. It is controlled by traffic lights which keeps the traffic moving as it is busy at peak times. Luckily the show is on a Sunday as traffic is lighter.


Bonsai Bash at Greenwoods


6th and 7th September. Free demonstrations on both days.

Bonsai displays of both Corin and Harry Tomlinson’s private collections of bonsai. Food and drink available all day.


Greenwood Bonsai Studio
Ollerton RD

Call 0115 920 5757 for more details.

Open Gardens in Aid of Charity

Open Gardens


Reg & Jeff Bolton will again be opening up their gardens to the public. All proceeds will go to the Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool.

Reg as many of you will know has been growing Award winning bonsai for years.

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Sad Goodbye to an Old Club Member

Ron & Jean

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.