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British Cactus and Succulent Society
Cambridge & District Branch
2021 Programme

Some pictures from recent shows

2021 Autumn Show: View or download the schedule and entry form

COVID news

We resumed meetings from August 2021, as below. Please wear masks in the hall.

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 £1.50, and you can also contribute to our fund-raising by buying a raffle ticket.

2021 Meetings

  • Wednesday 13th January
POSTPONED - Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2020 and elect committee and officers for 2021, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
  • Wednesday 11th August
Welcome back meeting - plant display and social evening
  • Wednesday 8th September
Martin Edwards - Texas, and the hunt for the elusive Epithelantha
Note change from the originally planned talk/speaker.
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.
  • Wednesday 10th November
Rodney Sims - Sundry succulents
  • Wednesday 8th December
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.

2022 Meetings

  • Wednesday 12th January
POSTPONED - Annual General Meeting
  • Wednesday 9th March
Expected first speaker-meeting of 2022
Details (and the rest of the 2022 programme) to follow.

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Author: Clarke Brunt (clarke.brunt@viridis.net)
Last modified: 26th December 2021