Keith's News
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

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
Tel: - 02392640985
Mobile: - 07847487435

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.
January . Our yearly auction was again a great success with plenty of bargains and as usual was run with great humour by Clive and Robert.
February 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.
March meeting was a repotting workshop, with the help of Robert, Collette and other members it was another great evening.
April , Back again by popular demand was Amelia who gave a very informative talk on tropical bonsai, which I hope everyone enjoyed.
May , 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.
June , 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.
July 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)
August , Pine workshop with useful advice from Robert, Collette and other members.
September, 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.
October 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.
November 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.