exhibition 2017

The Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group was formed on 12 October 2007.

2017 is our tenth year and we have decided that we would have an exhibition just for members.

The venue is a nice hall centrally located close to shops.

Open from 11 am., to 4pm., the exhibition will feature trees grown and trained by members mostly over a number of years.

No prizes it is purely to see the quality of the trees some of which are over 60 years old.

The trader is Bonsai Trees Southampton run by Collette Harrison who will have trees and accessories for sale.

There will be demonstrations during the day.

Come along and see our trees and if you are interested then join us on the second Friday each month at the New remembrance hall Charlton SP7 0PL Details on the home page.


After almost 12 months planning the day had finally arrived.

After all the talking and planning and meetings we were doing something that was new to all of us.

It was a steep learning curve and we were about to find out if it worked and how well we had done the job.

We arrived at the hall at 4pm, on Saturday, the tables were arranged after some discussion and moving around.  This took longer than expected, then  the tombola was put on the two tables, and some of the food was arranged in the kitchen. The rest being brought in on the following  morning.

The food was all prepared and ready for the day. Thanks to Julia and Pat for the food.

The banner was erected and signs up, and the material put on the tables.

Then on the morning of the show, the day was as ordered bright and sunny with no wind if a bit cool,  I arrived just before  8am., along with Tony and the first exhibitors had arrived shortly after.

Bonsai Trees Southampton owner Collette arrived to set up her stall.

The Kitchen was busy supplying rolls and drinks for the workers.

More exhibitors were arriving and getting set up and the two demonstrations were ready to go.

All we had to do once all the trees were staged was to wait for the first visitors.

Wow! At 10 to 11 there was a queue! So we let them in early, and there was a steady stream for an hour or more. Inside the atmosphere was great, the demonstrations were in full swing. Tony Oswin and Trevor Banbary doing a great job.

Collette was having difficulty keeping up with the number of customers and the kitchen was just as busy.

Even at 3 40 there was still  another visitor coming in.

Then it was all over and we started to pack up.

After the packing up 16 of us  sat down to a lovely meal for those who had worked all day. This had been prepared by Julia.

Thanks must go to all who helped make the day such a success.

Pat and Julia were in the kitchen as was Sue. Katie sat on the door for the morning.

Helen looked after the tombola.

Julian was the responsible person keeping an eye on the happenings.

Several other members were talking to people for much of the day.

We had 93 through the door which was great, most of the tombola went also and a huge amount of teas and coffee during the day.

I want to thank everyone for their help, and if I have missed anyone my apologies.

Will we do it again? Watch this space.