TUESDAY 26 September 2017
BBS September Meeting, Workshop
The Bristol Bonsai Society (BBS) was the brain-child of four bonsai enthusiasts: Martin Barker, Dan Barton, Bill Burchill and Daphne Turner. They got together and thought it would be a good idea to set up a Bonsai Society, so at the Bristol Flower Show, a card was displayed on one of the bonsai trader’s tables suggesting that if anyone was interested in forming a society then they would be welcome to attend an in-augural meeting. The in-augural meeting took place in September, 1975, in Daphne Turner’s home. Eighteen people attended the meeting, and the Society was formed.
Since then, the society grew rapidly and in its hay-day had over 250 members. This was mostly because it published a fairly informative Bonsai Journal so many of the members were ‘corresponding’ members from as far away as Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, London, Southend, Eastbourne etc. The Journal ran for years but when Colin Lewis published his magazine, “Bonsai”, the membership from the BBS soon fell. We now have about 35-40 regular members. But the society is still recognised as one of the country’s leading bonsai societies with one or two top British bonsai artists within its membership.
The society holds monthly meetings at 19.30hrs. — mostly on the last Tuesday of the month, and currently at the Failand Village Hall, Oxhouse Lane, Failand, North Somerset, BS8 3TS. The monthly programmes vary considerably and include; practical workshops, lectures, demos, critiques etc. and of course, our annual Bonsai Show each summer. New members are always welcome!!
The following are pictures of the BBS Exhibition at the Bristol Flower Show on the Downs way back in the late 70’s early 80’s. We exhibited on four successive years and were awarded two Large Golds and one Golds.