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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: vmct@bonpres.freeserve.co.uk

For those who may wish to attend, Paul's funeral will be at 3.30pm on Thursday November 20th 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 thewww.stroke.org.uk or British Heart Foundation www.bhf.org.uk.

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

Half Price Sale of Bonsai

Robert and Stella Hore of the Japanese Garden & Bonsai Nursery in St Mawgan, Cornwall are selling their thousands of bonsai at half price to bonsai people. 

Their website is www.thebonsainursery.com and further details can be had on 01637 860116 or email: rob@thebonsainursery.com

Heathrow Bonsai Show

Sunday, 26th October 2014

We arrived at venue to be greeted by a very helpful and friendly group of people, all who seemed a little surprised to see me from up north! They were no more surprised than I was to find the information on the web was accurate, in that there were 17 societies, clubs or groups showing trees, as well as two individual displays. Add to this an impressive list 13 traders and a Suiseki display, you should be getting the impression that this was a show worth a visit.

Enjoying this show were 270 visitors (not including the children) plus club members of the displaying societies and you have a total of more than 350 people, a very good total for a venue in a school away from a town centre.

As far as the trees and displays are concerned, there were a lot of both, with many good quality trees, although I felt some of the displays were a little busy, hardly a surprise considering the relatively small hall. They were presented well, all clean, tidy and healthy, in good pots and mostly on stands, with accent plants - a credit to all displaying them.

In total there were in fact some 165 trees and around 20 stones on display, along with a good array of accent plants and plantings. A wide range of goods from collected trees, pots, stones, stands, feeds, and tools along with some established trees were to be found from the thirteen traders in the second hall.

During the day Paul Finch kept people entertained with his demo, styling a large pine and carving a privet trunk, both looked very good at the end of the day.

Whilst the show was not judged, what was done was to give each visitor a voting slip to pick their top three trees, with the honours going to a Cyprus on the Newbury Society stand. All credit to Mark and Ming Moreland for organising the event. How well they and their band of helpers did to pull this logistical miracle off, a very helpful group they all were. What most impressed me most was the degree of enthusiasm I could feel whilst talking to people, a day which I totally enjoyed, a day which I will certainly repeat next year. Congratulations to all involved.

Barry Walker Chairman,
South Staffs Bonsai Society

The following Fobbs member societies exhibited at this Show:

Bedfordshire Bonsai Society
Berkshire Bonsai Society
Chiltern Bonsai Society
Eastbourne & Wealden Bonsai Society
Middlesex Bonsai Society
Newbury & District Bonsai Society
Solent Bonsai Society
Surrey Heath Bonsai Society
Sussex Bonsai Group
Sutton Bonsai
Swindon Bonsai Society
The Bonsai Group
Wessex Bonsai Society.







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