British Cactus and Succulent Society
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), or our Chairman, Doreen Oakman (01763 260819). 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, and you can also contribute to our fund-raising by buying a raffle ticket.
Join our email list to be kept up to date. Just fill in your details to receive occasional news by email about the branch activities.
Details of the meetings of other BCSS branches in the area are listed on the Zone 6 Programme.
|Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2012 and elect committee and officers for 2013, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
|Annual Dinner, The Greyhound, 2 High Street, Sawston, CB22 3BG. 7pm for 7.30
Contact the Secretary for menus and booking details.
|Paul Hoxey - Chile 2006
Our Show Secretary Paul Hoxey tells us about a cactus trip to Chile in 2006. I was there - we saw good plants!
|Branch members - Please bring a few interesting plants to discuss
The intended speaker can't come, so we are having a "DIY" meeting instead. Please bring along a few interesting plants to discuss. Maybe we can discuss our experiences with cultivation too, in view of the original subject planned for tonight.
|Zone 6 Convention
Annual meeting, with talks and refreshments, for all members of branches in the area, known as Zone 6 of the BCSS. This year hosted by Berkhamsted branch. To be held at Wilstone Village Hall, Wilstone, nr Tring, Herts. HP23 4PE. Details here. All welcome, but tickets (£15, including refreshments) should be obtained in advance.
|Terry Smale - Conophytum
Conophytum: a genus of attractive small clumping succulent plants in the Mesembryanthemum family. Coming from Southern Africa, and with a growing season somewhat different from the usual summer-growing plants. New discoveries are still made in the genus, as the plants are well-camouflaged in their habitat.
|Zone 6 Show - Leicester 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 The Village Hall, Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6PT. Details here.
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.
|Robin Alabaster - Travels among Australasian alpines
You know as much as me what this is about - just going from the title. There probably won't be any cacti included, but I imagine that some of the plants might qualify as 'succulent'.
|Zone 6 Open Day Cambridge Branch.
This year the members of Cambridge Branch open their collections to visitors. More details later, or contact the Secretary.
|Neil Oakman - Wild West
Neil used to be a member of our branch of the BCSS. If I find out any details of what this is about, beyond the title, then I'll add them.
|David Minnion - Utah
The state of Utah, in the USA, is home to some cacti, including a number of species which don't prove easy to grow in cultivation. Possibly other plants will be included as well.
|Jonathan Clark - Lithops and other mesembs.
N.B. change from planned talk "John Arnold - Parodia and Notocactus", which will probably now be in 2014.
Of the genera of 'living stone' succulent plants, Lithops is perhaps the genus most people think of, but the Mesembryanthemum family includes many others, with all kinds of growth forms. They are all native to Southern Africa, apart from a few 'weedy' kinds which have spread worldwide.
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.
View or download the schedule and entry form.
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|To be announced - probably BCSS digital presentation on "Venezuela".
The original planned talk "Jonathan Clark - Lithops and other mesembs" has been moved to the September meeting.
Our own members provide the entertainment for tonight. Please contact the Secretary if you'd like to present something related to the hobby.
|Annual General Meeting|