Meeting Report November 2015

The Club AGM was held at usual meeting place and the following were elected as the new Committee:

Chairman:                 Position vacant

Secretary:                 Mike Konig                    07511380357

Treasurer:                 Alan Moore                    07528060750

Web Editor:               Olly Olson                     07966430178

Admin Assistant:       Carol Smith Taylor         07870117882

Refreshment Assistants:     Sammi Sutton & Alan Taylor

It is good to report that membership is increasing and financially the Club is in a healthy position. There will be no change to subscription rates for 2015. The membership fee remains at £6.00pa and is due at the January meeting. Charges per member at each meeting is £2.50 or £3.50 when there is a guest speaker. A visitor’s first attendance is FREE and thereafter £5.00 each meeting until they become a member. New membership during the year is charged pro rata. There is no charge for refreshments at Club meetings on 1st Tuesday each month.

To reduce the Club Secretary’s workload and enable a better life balance, two new roles have been created.  A dedicated Web Editor and an Administrative Assistant will help the Secretary to meet the Club’s needs, provide better communication and promote the Club’s programme.

An ambitious provisional programme for 2015 was proposed and discussed with many new ideas being put forward. The outline will be firmed up at the January meeting. The idea of a Master Class caused great excitement and endorses the Club’s intention to encourage membership, improve learning in all forms of bonsai techniques, and stimulate new activities. There were also some proposed changes to the format of meetings.

The December meeting will continue to be the Club’s annual social event and a booked meal to which members can bring partners was a popular choice.

The Minutes of this meeting are available to members from the Admin Assistant – see above.


Next Meeting

Tues 2 Dec 2014:  Annual Club Social 

Meeting with or without partners at More Restaurant, 62A London Road, Leicester LE2 0QD from 7.00pm to eat 7.30pm. This is a ‘fusion’ restaurant catering for multi-cuisines with hot and cold selections and chefs on hand to assist. It is self serve and you can have as much as needed to suit individual appetites and diets. There is restricted customer car parking, or local street parking after 6pm. Please contact Mark on 07923144864 to make a member’s reservation.

*********************************************************************************************************************************************************The Wigston Bonsai Club meets first Tuesday each month from 7.30pm to approx 9.30pm in the Community Room at Wigston Fire Station, Bull Head Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 1PB. Off-road free parking available. Contact Mike or Carol on the Committee – as above, for further details. See our website on or just type Wigston Bonsai Club into your search bar to view Club activities. To our knowledge, we are the only bonsai club in Leicestershire. New members are very welcome and the Club caters for all levels from absolute beginners to those who want to specialise.  Tools and materials can be purchased to order through or at meetings.


2015 Meeting schedule

I have just published the (as yet provisional) Meeting schedule for the coming year.  Looks like we are going to have a busy year.

Sad News

I have just received an email from FOBBS to inform me that Paul Goff has passed away.

This is sad and unexpected news that will affect many in the UK Bonsai Community and my best wishes and condolences go out to his Family.

Below is the full wording of the e-mail:


paul goff It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the death of Paul Goff,  on Monday November 10th following a severe stroke last week.. He will be very greatly missed by all in the bonsai world in the UK. Known most especially for his skill with photography and his ability to teach us all how to display our trees in the best possible way. He was a scroll painter, photographer, rock musician and bonsai artist. And at 62 was still a man young in heart ready to enjoy life to the full. His spirit of enjoyment and extensive knowledge will be missed by all who knew him

Our thoughts and wishes go out to his partner Vivienne as well as to his family and friends at this very sad time.

For those wishing to express their condolences, the e-mail address is:

For those who may wish to attend, Paul’s funeral will be at 3.30pm on Thursday November20th at Milton Malfor Crematorium, Northampton  and after to celebrate his life at 4.15pm at Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth, Station Rd, Blisworth, NN7 3DS

Flowers will be from family only, donations will  be acceptable at Paul’s funeral made payable to  the Stoke Association or to The British Heart Foundation.

Kath Hughes on behalf of Malcolm Hughes, Chairman of FoBBS, who is at present abroad.

Ollys workshop

As some of you know I was invited to a Bonsai workshop down in Hampshire at a placed called Avon Tyrrell.  There would be four instructors and fifteen pupils.


You had to take along your own native species of trees or raw material to work on.  I took along a big lump of privet.


a bit of Yew from Mike


and a Hawthorn that I had only seen in photographs.


The Hawthorn I bought I acquired from a guy called Smithy who invited me to the workshop and also was going to be one of the instructors.

The other instructors were a guy called Will Badley who is a renowned Bonsai carver


Paul Finch stylist;


Smithy who works out of the box with his trees back to nature


And Simon Jones from Cheshire (no photo)

On arriving Friday afternoon it was straight into the trees until 3.00 in the morning, drinking beer on the way.  Saturday morning found us back on the trees right through until 2.00 Sunday morning.(more beer)

Sunday  up early again and back to our trees. It was na amazing weekend, picked up loads of knowledge . Here are the trees back home. Next job in the spring to pot them up.




Hope you enjoyed

Bonsai Review on FOBBS website

It may be of interest to members.  This is a monthly newsletter posted by Paul Goff, with some interesting articles and news of bonsai events and lists of Bonsai societies and their weekly meetings and schedules.

Just click on the image below to read the last issue.

october September 2014 Bonsai Review

Current issues and some back issues can also be viewed at this link Bonsai Review Newsletter

Meeting Reminder

Next Meeting is on Tuesday, 4 November.  This meeting is our AGM, where we discuss Club Business, membership and plan the meeting and events schedule for next year.

Can I ask everyone to have a think about what they would like to cover in next years meetings, any ideas for speakers or workshops and anything else that may be included in the annual calender of events.

Hope to see you all there