My Reflections of 2018
Well here we are again it's the AGM our last meeting of the year. With Christmas looming next month, we can reflect on another Solent Bonsai Society’s very successful year.
. Our yearly auction was again a great success with plenty of bargains and as usual was run with great humour by Clive and Robert.
was the clubs forth winter image show, Enid Jones won the Chairman’s Cup and was also presented with the Tree of the Month overall winner trophy for 2017. It was a very enjoyable evening.
February, for the second year, started the monthly workshop at Roberts, those who attended were well looked after by Lynn and Robert with Tea, Coffee, cake and biscuits and we all got a lot of work done over the next few months.
meeting was a repotting workshop, with the help of Robert, Collette and other members it was another great evening.
, Back again by popular demand was Amelia who gave a very informative talk on tropical bonsai, which I hope everyone enjoyed.
, The club meeting was an in-depth talk on Air Layering by Robert and Collette.
Solent attended the Wessex show at which we had an excellent display, for the second year running we won the Bellinger trophy at the show.
, Was our summer show. This year we had an all day show on Sunday 3rd June to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Solent Bonsai Society not only did we have Jock, a founder members of the society, but it was with great pleasure, at the show, that we made Jim an honorary member of the Solent Bonsai Society and presented with a red badge as he approaches his hundredth birthday. Some of our newer members may not know Jim, for many years he was a stalwart member of Solent and as he approaches his hundredth birthday it was with great pleasure that we made him an honorary member of our society and as the great day approaches we, along with the Queen, will be wishing him a happy birthday.
June meeting was a pruning and wiring workshop.
In June Solent took part in the Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Show and the Rose and Pea show at the Church of the Resurrection, Drayton.
was a very busy month first we had the Salisbury 30th anniversary show on the 1st July, then on the 7th and 8th July the Chichester Bonsai show, then on the 14th July we were split between two shows one at the Wallington Fete and the other at the Havant gardening show, great effort from members who helped.
July meeting was a Critique of members trees which is always an enjoyable evening, I hope members who brought trees went home happy with what was left of their trees, after Robert and Collette had had a go at the trees? (joke)
, Pine workshop with useful advice from Robert, Collette and other members.
once again Solent put on a bonsai display at the Woodfair Chandlers Ford on 1st September which was hosted by Amelia, we will be there next year, it's an interesting show worth a visit next year.
September’s meeting was an interesting and informative talk by Malcolm Driffield on Pines.
meeting was a talk by Robert on complementary accents such as figurines, animals, insects, bronzes, stones, etc. As reported in this newsletter
Solent also were represented at the Heathrow Bonsai show, report in this newsletter.
AGM, come along for updates and news for next year.
We had a great 2018 and 2019 looks like another exciting bonsai year, action in January, February winter show, workshops and shows Solent will be attending.
I can’t wait for spring, the best time for Bonsai when the new shoots start to break.
Roll on 2019.