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British Cactus and Succulent Society
Cambridge & District Branch
2017 Programme

Some pictures from recent shows

2017 Autumn 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.


2017 Meetings

  • Wednesday 11th January
Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2016 and elect committee and officers for 2017, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
  • February
Annual Dinner
  • Wednesday 8th March
Rodney Sims - Off the beaten track (Part 3)
  • Wednesday 12th April
Julian Cooke - Thelocactus
  • Wednesday 10th May
David Minnion - Colorado
  • Saturday 3rd June
Zone 6 Show - Berkhamsted 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. 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.
  • Wednesday 14th June
John Watmough - Colonise and populate
  • Sunday 25th June
Zone 6 Open Day - Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch
An opportunity to visit the collections and gardens of members of one of the branches in the area. Details here.
  • Wednesday 12th July
Jonathan Clark - Mexico (in 3D)
  • Wednesday 9th August
Chris Davies - Rambling in NE Mexico
  • Wednesday 13th September
70th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate the founding of the Cambridge & District Branch of the British (then 'National') Cactus & Succulent Society) 70 years ago.
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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  • Saturday 14th October
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 Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. Details might appear here eventually. All welcome, but tickets should be obtained in advance.
  • Wednesday 8th November
Bill Morris - A rose by any other name
  • Wednesday 13th December
Tom Radford - Asclepiadaceae

2018 Meetings

  • Wednesday 10th January
    2018
Annual General Meeting


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Author: Clarke Brunt (clarke.brunt@viridis.net)
Last modified: 20th July 2017