SOLENT BONSAI SOCIETY
Keith's News
FEBRUARY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.

This month’s meeting, on February 22nd, is the Solent Bonsai Winter Image show , this gives
members a chance to show other members some of the trees or suiseki that they have, discuss
and get advice on their trees etc, so please bring them along, it's always a great evening that
everyone enjoys. Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome.

24th February is the first show of the year, The Swindon Winter Image show , Solent are
showing this year, it is always a good show to start the Bonsai year with many traders selling trees,
pots, etc.
The meeting on the 29th March is a repotting evening, so bring those trees along that you would
like to repot at the club evening, or get some advice on.

Secretary’s Report

I start this report with the sad news that our great friend Jim Read passed away peacefully on 4th February, aged 100. He was a member of Solent Bonsai Society for many years, we had the great pleasure of making him a honorary member of the club at our summer show prior to his 100 birthday on 16th November, I and several other members had the pleasure of attending his birthday.
Our deepest condolences go out to Jean, we look forward to seeing her at future meetings.
Jim’s funeral service will take place at the Portchester Crematorium on Monday 4th March at 12.45pm.




















Jim our honorary member of the club at 2018 summer show.

Some more sad news this month was that Paul Canham from Pinecone Ceramics passed away, many of you will know him from shows were he sold bonsai and accent pots, he will be sadly missed.

January Meeting Auction Report
Once again the January auction was a great success, there were 116 lots. We all had some fun and plenty of laughs. Our thanks go to Clive our auctioneer who as usual gave us a master class in how to conduct an auction with the able assistance of Robert, also thanks to the hard-working Eddie and Jock and thanks to Alison for listing all the sellers and Richard who once again kept an eagle eye on me, making sure there were no mistakes during the auction on the spreadsheet. I hope all who bought trees, tables, pots, books etc. were happy with their purchases. Thanks to all who contributed to club funds and all those selling items, there was over £1500 total sales and the club, with the 10% of sales and donations, added an amazing £270 to club funds.























UK Bonsai Association Auction Report
On Sunday 27th January 2019, at the Auction Run by the new UK Bonsai Association Robert, Arthur, Eddie,
Paul and I showed Suiseki / Saikei / Mame at the auction.

The auction was the first event hosted by the newly formed UK Bonsai Association. It was well attended with over 100 lots which varied in price from £20 to over £500. There were many dutiful trees on sale, one that stood out to me and sold for over £500 was a stunning Japanese Hazel. There are many more pictures from the auction on the UK Bonsai Association website ( ukbonsaiassoc.org ) or on the Swindon Bonsai Club website ( swindon-bonsai.co.uk ).

The auction was a great success for their first event and we look forward to many more on the future.


January Tree of the Month Results
Only one entry this month a Beech by Keith, so I have an early lead.
We look forward to seeing plenty of entrees in March TotM.



Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Monday 11th March 2019, Chris Thomas – working with larch to demonstrate planning the trees development through the year.
Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 14th March 2019. Re-potting- For all experienced members to assist beginners. Bring your trees along for help and advice For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk
All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all on Friday 22nd February,
At the Solent Bonsai Winter Image Show

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435





JANUARY 2019
Hi all Solent Bonsai Society members and friends.
The 2019 Bonsai Year starts with our yearly auction on 25th January 2019, so any
trees, pots, books etc. you wish to move on please bring them along.
There should be a good selection of plants, pots, books, etc. to choose from, so don't forget to bring your
money, 10% of the sales goes to club funds.

Next month’s meeting, on February 22nd, is the Solent Bonsai Winter Image show, this gives
members a chance to show other members some of the trees that they have, discuss and get
advice on their trees, so please bring them along, it's always a great evening that everyone enjoys.
Don’t forget bring along family and friends, all are welcome.


Secretary’s Report
2019 as we start the 41st year of The Solent Bonsai Society we look forward to an exciting year and it will not be long before our Bonsai's start springing into life again, which is always an exciting time of the year.

I would like to thank Jackie and Lynn for the excellent nibbles at our November meeting.

Just a couple of pictures from our November meeting.

















Enid’s festive Bonsai
Arthurs Suiseki display


This year’s committee voted in at the November AGM --
see here

I would like on behalf of the membership to thank Jean Blair for her help over the years running the raffle.

Shows comming up in 2019 --
see here

Other Local Club Meetings in our area.

Eastleigh Bonsai Society meets on second Monday of the month start at 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Monday 11th February 2019, “Styling by Committee” on a yew tree, members jointly making the decisions as work progresses! Also group discussion of the styling or options for any trees that are brought in.

Chichester Bonsai Society meet on second Thursday of the month start 7:30pm, the next meeting is on Thursday 14th February 2019. Enrolment & Re-potting workshop – tips for beginners from Senior Members. For more information on Chichester Bonsai Club go to www.chichesterbonsai.co.uk

All the clubs in the area support each other. If anyone would like more information on other local clubs please let me know.

Look forward to seeing you all on the
Friday 25th January, at the Auction.

Keith Hartley
Secretary Solent Bonsai Society
www.solentbonsai.co.uk
Email kb.hartley@ntlworld.com
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435