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British Cactus and Succulent Society
Cambridge & District Branch
2018 Programme

Some pictures from recent shows

2018 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 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.

2018 Meetings

  • Wednesday 11th January
Annual General Meeting
Although the main purpose of the meeting is to review the year 2017 and elect committee and officers for 2018, once the business is over we move to the more important matter of consuming lots of food and drink!
  • February
Annual Dinner
  • Wednesday 14th March
Eddy Harris - Plants of the Richtersveld
  • Wednesday 11th April
Tony Roberts - Small Opuntioideae
  • Wednesday 9th May
Derek Tribble - Southern Africa; Northern Cape
  • Wednesday 13th June
Terry Smale - Succulents with Altitude
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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  • Wednesday 11th July
John Hughes - In search of amethysts, black gold and yellow gold
  • Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July
BCSS International Convention - Leicester
3 day residential event, with talks and plant sales. Details here.
  • Wednesday 8th August
Paul Hoxey - Hunting for cacti in the caribbean
  • Wednesday 12th September
John Arnold - South American Opuntioids
  • Sunday 23rd September
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 Harston Village Hall, 20 High Street, Harston, Cambridge, CB22 7PX. More details later, either here or at Zone 6 Convention. All welcome, but tickets should be obtained in advance.
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 14th November
Tony and Suzanne Mace - Mesembs - Actual and Digital
  • Wednesday 12th December
Julian Cooke - Ramble through my greenhouse and Automation

2019 Meetings

  • Wednesday 9th January
Annual General Meeting

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Author: Clarke Brunt (clarke.brunt@viridis.net)
Last modified: 13th March 2018