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British Cactus and Succulent Society
Cambridge & District Branch
2020 Programme

Some pictures from recent shows

CANCELLED 2020 National Show

CANCELLED 2020 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 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.

2020 Meetings

  • Wednesday 8th January
Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2019 and elect committee and officers for 2020, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
  • February
Annual Dinner
  • Wednesday 11th March
Julian Cooke - Echinocereus
  • Wednesday 8th April
CANCELLED - Stirling Baker - Intereesting Haworthias (with plants)
  • Wednesday 13th May
CANCELLED - Ian Woolnough - Mexico 2016: Puebla, Oaxaca, and much more
  • Wednesday 10th June
CANCELLED - John Watmough - In my greenhouse today
CANCELLED - 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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CANCELLED - National Cactus & Succulent Show held at Arena MK (Marshall Arena), Stadium Way W, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.
Further details from the National Society site.
  • Wednesday 8th July
CANCELLED - Mike Partridge - Patagonia
  • Wednesday 12th August
CANCELLED - Martin Edwards - The hunt for the elusive Epithelantha
  • Sunday 6th September
CANCELLED - Zone 6 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 The Hamilton Centre, Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH. The principal speaker will be Andreas Hofacker from Germany speaking about cacti in Brazil. More details at Zone 6 Convention. All welcome, but tickets should be obtained in advance.
  • Wednesday 9th September
CANCELLED - Paul Hoxey - Further explorations in Peru
CANCELLED - 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 11th November
CANCELLED - Rodney Sims - Sundry succulents
  • Wednesday 9th December
CANCELLED - 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.

2021 Meetings

  • Wednesday 13th January
Annual General Meeting

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Last modified: 6th August 2020