We are a small friendly society with members who have just started to explore the word of bonsai to those with many years of experience who own some fine specimens. The society held a number of events in 2016:-
A brief history of Accrington and District Bonsai Society
The club was formed in 1979 by a group of friends intending to help one another to enhance their knowledge on the art of bonsai.
This group of friends included Vic and Madelaine Lawrence, Gordon and Glenys Wilkinson, Pat Murphy, Alan Isherwood, John Walsh, Jack and Elsie Tatlow, Don White and one or two others.
One of the first meetings was at the Broadway pub In the centre of Accrington and some of the following venues were also used, Accrington Conservative club, The Thorn Inn in Church, Church Conservative club, The Commercial Pub in Church, Oswaldtwistle Conservative club, The Marlbourgh Club, Miners Pub, Oaklea Pub, Great Eastern Pub and finally Hippings Vale Community Centre Oswaldtwistle.
We have had our Summer Shows at Accrington Town Hall, Ramsbottom Town Hall, Oswaldtwistle Mills, Read Garden Centre, Shackleton Garden Centre and our present location Barton Grange Garden Centre
The Society has spawned one or two bonsai artists as in Tony Tickle, Terry Foster and Dave Prescott (who wrote the ‘Bonsai Handbook’)
The Society has had its ups and downs in its membership, at one point in the late 1990’s it was down to six members, but the membership now (2016) is around the 30 mark.
If you are interested in joining our society or just want to come for one evening the please get in touch using our contacts page Contact us
The Hippings Vale
Second tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm
10 mins from J5/7 on the M65 and A56/M66
Easy access from Bolton, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Bury, Clitheroe, Manchester, Preston, Yorkshire, the Lake District and across the North West of England
Annual Membership Fees:
Individual - £25.00 per annum
Couple - £40 per annum
Non-members £5 per meeting when we have a guest speaker