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.
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
|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.
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
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Tel: 023 80261989
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.