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British Cactus and Succulent Society
Cambridge & District Branch
2022 Programme

Some pictures from recent shows

2022 Summer Show: View or download the schedule and entry form

COVID news

We resumed meetings starting in August 2021.

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 our Secretary, Paul Edwards sec.cambs.bcss@gmail.com. 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 £2.00, and you can also contribute to our fund-raising by buying a raffle ticket.


2022 Meetings

View or download the programme card for 2022.

For 2022, the programme card booklet will be sent to members as usual, but from 2023, we intend to make it available online only. If you want to print the PDF, then most programs have a print option called 'booklet' or 'brochure' which will arrange the pages so you can fold into a booklet and staple.

  • Wednesday 12th January
POSTPONED - Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2021 and elect committee and officers for 2022, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
  • Wednesday 9th March
Ian Woolnough - Mexico 2020
  • Wednesday 13th April
Eddy Harris - Looking for plants in South Africa
  • Wednesday 11th May
John Arnold - Melocactus and Discocactus
Summer Cactus 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.
  • Wednesday 13th July
Mike Partridge - Patagonia
  • Wednesday 10th August
Derek Tribble - Crassulas everywhere
National Cactus & Succulent Show held at George Stephenson Exhibition Hall, Newark County Show Ground, NG24 2NY.
Further details from the National Society site.
  • Wednesday 14th September
David Minnion - Baja California
Mini Autumn Cactus & Succulent Show held at our usual meeting venue, Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5LZ.
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 9th November
Chris Davies - Sundry Succulents
  • Wednesday 14th December
Members' Christmas Evening

2023 Meetings

  • Wednesday 4th January
    2023
Annual General Meeting
  • Wednesday 8th March
    2023
Expected first speaker-meeting of 2023
Details (and the rest of the 2023 programme) to follow.


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