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British Cactus and Succulent Society
Cambridge & District Branch
2019 Programme

Some pictures from recent shows

2019 Summer Show: View or download the schedule and entry form

The British Cactus & Succulent Society (BCSS) has around 100 branches throughout the country. The Cambridge & District Branch meets on the second Wednesday of each month (except February) in the Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ.

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The Cambridge Branch was formed in 1947, and usually attracts up to 40 people to its monthly meetings. It is one of the branches grouped together in Zone 6 of the BCSS.

The meetings start at 7pm, but the first half-hour is just an opportunity to talk to others, stage show plants, and search the sales table for bargains, so you needn't arrive until 7.30pm. As a guide, the meetings sometimes go on until 10pm, but might finish earlier.

Everyone is welcome at the meetings (including non-members). Most meetings have a visiting speaker, often illustrated with slides (or increasingly digital presentations), or sometimes with plants. Also there are:

Do come to one of our meetings. Just come along, or if you want further information then email me, Clarke Brunt, or call our Secretary, David Bennett (01440 785643). If you want, you can join or request a membership leaflet online. Note that, like other branches, the Cambridge Branch has to be self-financing, and does not receive any money from your subscription to the British Cactus & Succulent Society. Entrance to our meetings costs £1.50, and you can also contribute to our fund-raising by buying a raffle ticket.

Details of the meetings of other BCSS branches in the area are listed on the Zone 6 Programme.

2019 Meetings

  • Wednesday 9th January
Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2018 and elect committee and officers for 2019, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
  • February
Annual Dinner
  • Wednesday 13th March
Rick Gillman - Mexico: Giants and Gems
  • Sunday 31st March
Zone 6 International Convention
Annual meeting, with talks and refreshments, for all members of branches in the area, known as Zone 6 of the BCSS. To be held at Weston Turville Village Hall, School Approach, Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5RW. More details at Zone 6 Convention. All welcome, but tickets should be obtained in advance.
  • Wednesday 10th April
Paul Spracklin - Adventures in Mexico
  • Wednesday 8th May
David Minnion - Cacti and Succulents on Stamps
Summer Cactus & Succulent Show held at our usual meeting venue, Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ.
All BCSS members are encouraged to enter, and for visitors it's an opportunity to see well-grown plants.
A picture of one of the exhibits at a previous show - click for more pictures.
View or download the schedule and entry form.
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  • Wednesday 12th June
Trevor Wray - Favourites of the High Desert
  • Sunday 16th June
Zone 6 Show - Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch
A show for all the branches in the area, known as Zone 6 of the BCSS. All BCSS members are encouraged to enter. To be held at Great Missenden Memorial Centre, Link Road, Great Missenden, Bucks, HP16 9AE. More details might appear here (nothing there, apart from a notice from 2018, as of January 2019), or at the Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch website.
  • Wednesday 10th July
Paul Klaassen - What I saw last Winter
  • Sunday 14th June
Zone 6 Open Day - Luton Branch
An opportunity to visit the collections and gardens of members of one of the branches in the area. Details here, or at the Luton Branch website.
  • Wednesday 14th August
Hazel Taylor - Plants and animals of the Western Cape
  • Wednesday 11th September
Branch Members - Open Forum
Perhaps more details nearer the time about what this will consist of, but definitely no visiting speaker, so a chance for the branch members to talk about plants, cultivation, etc. Perhaps there will be a quiz too.
Autumn Cactus & Succulent Show held at our usual meeting venue, Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ. Usual meeting time.
The Autumn Show is a chance to exhibit and admire those plants with a later growing season, which aren't at their best in summer, but the usual cacti are still included as well. All BCSS members are encouraged to enter.
A picture of one of the trophies - click for more pictures.
The schedule and entry form will be available for download here when ready.
  • Wednesday 13th November
Graham Evans - Just a little out of the ordinary
  • Wednesday 11th December
Rodney Sims - The Oxford Expedition 2016 (South Africa)

2020 Meetings

  • Wednesday 8th January
Annual General Meeting

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Author: Clarke Brunt (clarke.brunt@viridis.net)
Last modified: 1st March 2019