Mike Saddler joined Ambion Bonsai Club soon after taking an interest in bonsai; he was always a very keen plants man growing many trees from cuttings and seed. Mike was a very active member of Ambion on the committee and in supporting the club to put extremely good exhibitions at many events, from the Town & Country Festival to local shows as well at the RHS BBC Gardeners World Live.
Mike put in many hours building stands, helping with design and layout and ferrying around materials. Had it not been for him I am sure Ambion would not have achieved the many awards, including an RHS Gold.
In more recent years Mike also became a member of the Midlands Bonsai Society and supported events such as the “Best of British Bonsai”. Mike was always on hand with a bottle of beer hidden in a bag at every event he attended. In his own words ‘Beer & Bonsai Barmy’. With a sister living in South Africa Mike spent time there where he enjoyed walking in the countryside, seeing the plants and meeting and talking to anyone. He enjoyed travel even though he would rather have fish and chips than exotic food. He experienced life in Japan and spent many hours in Omiya Bonsai Village, the Kokufu-ten and the gardens of Kyoto.
He was a regular helper with the group maintaining The National Bonsai Collection and was last seen enjoying the celebratory Christmas Dinner at The Botanical Gardens this last December.
It is with great sadness that the members of the Middlesex Bonsai Society wish to inform all those who knew him, of the passing of Roger Gibbs on Sunday, 6 May 2018.
Roger was well loved as he gave so much of himself to the craft of Bonsai over many years and in particular to the development of our Club, being its Chairman from 2002 - 2018 and also its Treasurer from 2006 - 2018. He shared his knowledge of Bonsai techniques with us at Club evenings, instigated weekend workshops with experts in the field and arranged licensed digs.
In the latter years, Roger through his attendance and support of Bonsai Shows throughout the South and West of England was able to entice a wider circle of Speakers to our Club Nights in addition to our regulars. Roger was one of the leading lights in the organisation of the Club’s Annual Show, exhibiting many of his excellent trees.
High on Roger’s other interests were Scouting and being a Governor of a local School.
He will be sorely missed by all who enjoyed the pleasure of his company, especially during this the 40th year of the Club’s existence.
It is with much regret and sadness that I have to inform you that Bill Brown, a very early member of Bonsai Kai and FoBBS, sadly passed away on 29 January 2018. He was over 90 and had suffered for a period from Parkinson’s disease; he died peacefully.
He was an antique dealer by trade and we have a number of items that will always remind us of him and his great enthusiasm for bonsai. He travelled on many of the tours we organised on behalf of FoBBS to bonsai nurseries and Conventions in Europe, America and Japan. In 1991 he worked with us to organise the FoBBS exhibit at the B.C.I. Convention held at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.
Peter Moth It is with very much regret and sadness that I have to inform you that Peter Moth (69) Chairman National Bonsai Society sadly passed away from a heart attack (Sat 24th Jan). Not only has the National Bonsai Society lost their Chairman but we have lost our close friend and fellow bonsai enthusiast.
Peter always had a keen interest in bonsai since childhood and was a member of the National Bonsai Society and Fylde Bonsai Association for many years. He became Chairman in 2003 and continued to put a lot of time and effort into both Societies; his enthusiasm for bonsai overall was an example to us all.
He enjoyed all aspects of bonsai including making his own pots, selling at the clubs and bonsai fairs and organizing and attending workshops. In 2004 he organized the first Bonsai Convention at Lowther Gardens and he has over the years amassed awards from various clubs and competitions including Southport Flower Show.
In 2005 he went to Japan, his first time on a plane, a trip he loved so much. He will be sadly missed.
It is with considerable sadness and regret that we learn of the sudden and unexpected death of one of Britain’s greatest bonsai talents, Peter Adams, who died peacefully on Sunday, 24th November 2014.
As many are aware, Peter had been quite poorly for some weeks in hospital, but it was only recently that his wife Kate commented that he had made a good recovery and that they would have been returning home to the United States on Monday, 2nd December.
For those of us who come into bonsai during the 1970’s onwards, Peter was seen as an exceptional talent, and many have developed their knowledge and skills in bonsai due very much to his teaching. An author of many books on the subject, more recently, he had been a regular contributor to ‘Bonsai Focus’, where he drew on both his expertise in bonsai and his artistic talent in analysing raw material and sketching out possible style options.
A man with a unique talent and a sad loss to the world of bonsai.
It is with a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the death of Paul Goff, on Monday, 10 November 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.
Paul's funeral was on 20 November at Milton Malfor Crematorium, Northampton
Ray Ward, from Broadfield, died suddenly at home on 15 October, aged 71.
He leaves his wife Peta and was the father of Nick and Lisa, father-in-law of Kelly and Dave, and grandad of Robin and Aya.
Ray was retired, but still worked as an aviation trainer. He was vice chairman of the Friends of British Bonsai Societies (FoBBS), chairman of The Friends of Broadfield Park, a governor at Seymour Primary, played for Grattons and Crawley Town bowls clubs and was a past captain of Cottesmore Golf Club (1998). The funeral service was held on Thursday, 30 October at the Surrey and Sussex Crematorium.