Another busy, full-on meeting with lots of activity. First up was the unusual sight of a number of named objects wrapped in newspaper. All was revealed when members opened their packages to reveal their finished accent pots made at April meeting in raw clay, now glazed and fired by China Mist and looking very different. There was a lot of excitement and a selection of finished items are shown here:
Next event was a display of various items for our first Club raffle to remind members, who have been obtaining tickets at meetings, what is on offer. The original intention was to win a well maintained tree in a good ceramic pot but, in addition to this, people have kindly donated further prizes for the draw which will take place at our December meeting. Thank you to our donors for their generosity.
Then came the presentation of the Alan Taylor Shield to the club member who achieved the greatest number of votes by the public who viewed our competition trees at the Market Bosworth Show in July. The winner was Dave C. with his hollow trunk Chinese Elm. Why a hollow trunk? This tree has history – it was accidentally set alight resulting in damage to its trunk. However, the tree survived and its recovery is remarkable to become a winner. Well done Dave with his success.
Dave giving a Club talk on his tree at a former meeting, and being presented with the member’s trophy by Olly who was the 2017 winner.
Members are very good at bringing trees to meetings for the display table regardless of ability. The theme for this month was styling and we were not disappointed with the variety on show. The trees took part in the next part of the programme for a quiz on
general styling organised by Carol with Mike assisting. 10 trees with different styles were selected and numbered. Members had to list the relevant style of a numbered tree, with a little help from printed handouts. It certainly got people thinking and was a lot of fun.
Answers were given with an overview on each style. Lists were totted up and Ruth was the winner with 9 correct answers. Well done, a splendid achievement for one of our fairly new members. We also congratulate her on her recent marriage with every good wish.
Finally, following on from a Special General Meeting in July when we sadly learned that two officers, Chair Mike K, and Secretary Trevor B, were needing to step down from their commitments due to ongoing health issues; Club members were asked to think about the future of the Club. It was declared at August meeting that the positions remain unfilled and members voted to continue with Club activities to end of the year when the situation will be reviewed.
The Club is indebted to Mike (left) and Trevor (right) for their hard work over the years in steering the committee and for their efforts in establishing the new set-up for Leicestershire Bonsai Club. They were also very active in arranging for the Club to display at other shows, namely Heathrow and Coventry, to raise awareness of LBC with other clubs and the public. Mike is undergoing chemo and will continue in the Club as and when he is able to. Trevor is taking time out to be with his family during his recovery process. We wish them both our very best wishes during their periods of treatment.
Our next meeting on 5 September will be on Junipers and their styling. Members are asked to bring along junipers for the display table and to contact Olly if they want to be supplied with young junipers to style.