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Welcome to the Southampton & District Branch of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


December Meeting - 6th December

At our December meeting, to be held on Tuesday 6th, we will have a fairly brief Annual General Meeting, at which the main officers will give reports, and then we will elect a committee to serve for 2017.

We will then have our regular Christmas Social, which includes an American Supper. Everyone is welcome... all we ask is that you bring along some food for a cold buffet (click the link for details). The Branch will supply an assortment of drinks, to suit all tastes!

The programme for 2017 will be handed out at the AGM, and PDF copies will be sent out to members in the following week. The website will be updated around the same time.

PLEASE NOTE: For the American Supper, please bring cold food that is ready to eat. Increasing numbers of people in recent years have been bringing snacks, pizzas, indian bhajis and samosas etc, which need heating and cooking. There is only a small oven at the hall, with a single shelf and no cooking trays or implements, and so it is not practical to try to cook these foods in the short time available at the meeting.

Monthly Meetings

The Southampton and District branch holds regular meetings on the first Tuesday of each month, at Saint James' Church Hall, Church Hill (A27), West End (SO30 3LA). The Hall is located on the A27, about one mile west of junction 7 of the M27. Access to the hall car park is from Hatherell Close - if this car park is full, you can also go round the corner and use the main church car park which can be entered from West End Road. There is no charge for attending meetings and visitors are just as welcome as members. In addition, the Branch takes part in shows and displays at other venues throughout the year.

Each monthly meeting starts at 7:30pm and finishes at 10:00pm, with a break for refreshments. The meetings generally consist of a speaker and slide show, or a practical demonstration or talk. A good selection of plants are available for purchase, and there is also an extensive library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis. There is also a table show, where members bring along plants from a nominated category or genus.


Each month, the branch publishes a newsletter. These contain summaries of the talks given at meetings and also provide additional information about forthcoming events. You can download these newsletters (in PDF format) here

50th Anniversary

2004 was a very special year for the Branch since it marked our 50th Anniversary. We held a special birthday convention to celebrate this occasion. If you are interested in the history of the branch, click here.


The branch holds an extensive collection of books which can be borrowed by members. Click here for details of the branch library and for a list of the titles available.


The branch has recently commissioned an enamel badge which allows members to show their affiliation to the branch. Click here for further details.

Additional Information & Links

Click here for some general information on the cultivation of cacti and succulents. It's also fun to try and raise plants from seed.
Click here for links to other Internet websites containing useful information on cacti and succulents.

Photo Galleries

Photos of plants, of some of the events we took part in during recent years, and of the 2004 National Show (which featured some of the best plants in the country).
Gallery 1   Gallery 2  
Events 1   Events 2   Events 3
2005   2006   2007
2004 National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6  7
ELK Conferences   ELK 2012  ELK 2013

2016 Programme

Date Subject/Speaker Table Show
5th Jan Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members Echinocactus, Aloe
2nd Feb The 2012 National Show (David Neville) Eriosyce & Copiapoa, Crassulaceae
1st Mar Patagonia (Cliff Thompson) Opuntia, Haworthia
5th Apr What's New (Stuart Riley) Rebutia, Gasteria
3rd May Succulents other than Mesembs (Suzanne Mace) Cacti (3 plants), Succulents (3 plants)
14th May Branch visit to Havering Cactus Mart, Collier Row, Romford, Essex RM5 3QJ  
21st May Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day) 9:30am - 4:30pm
7th Jun Branch Mini Show & Judging Explained  
12th Jun Branch visit to Lullingstone Castle Gardens Eynsford, Dartford, Kent DA4 0JA  
19th Jun Summer Garden Party & Open Day, hosted by Dot England, Barton on Sea, Hants  
5th Jul Southern California (David Minnion) Echinopsis, Stapelia
23rd Jul Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LBW  
24th Jul Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset  
26-28 Jul Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst 9am - 6pm
2nd Aug Cultivation & Propagation Evening With demonstrations & discussions Parodia, Euphorbia
20th Aug BCSS National Show, Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester PE29 2NH  
6th Sep A Cactus Tourist in Baja (Trevor Wray) Gymnocalycium, Mesembryanthemum (excl. Lithops)
10th Sep Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands 9:45am - 5:30pm
24th Sep Branch visit to Mesemb Study Group Event, Banstead Community Centre, Surrey SM7 3DL  
4th Oct Mesembryanthemums (Terry Smale) Echinocereus, Lithops
1st Nov South Africa First Class (Alice Vanden Bon) Mammillaria, Agave
19th Nov Zone 11 Inter-branch Quiz Hosted by Portsmouth & District Branch 7:30pm
6th Dec Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social  

Regular Meetings (@ St James)
Shows, Displays and other Events
Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will be posted on this website. If travelling from a distance, please check here (or with the secretary) a day or two before the event.

Monthly Table Show
The Table Show is held at most branch meetings, see table above for details of the eligible cactus and succulent classes for each month. The classes are divided into Open Section (unlimited pot size), Intermediate Section (4.5in pot size limit) and Novice Section (3.5in pot size limit). For every table show, there is also a class for Any cactus or succulent plant in flower (unlimited pot size).

Members can enter multiple entries in a class, if they wish. The novice classes are open to all branch members who have not previously won the Novice Section.

The classes will be judged according to the 10th edition of the BCSS Handbook of Shows. The decision of the judge will be final.

Trophies will be awarded at the end of the year to the persons gaining the most points over the year in the different classes. In addition, the Ladies Cup will be awarded to the lady member gaining the most points across all classes during the year.

Contact Details

To obtain further information or for correspondence, please contact:
David Neville, 
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
(replace "at" with @ when emailing)
Vinay Shah, 
Tel: 023 80261989 
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
(replace "at" with @ when emailing)

British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.