At our next meeting, to be held on Tuesday 4th December, we will have a brief Annual General Meeting, at which the main officers will present reports, and then we will elect a committee to serve for 2019. Trophies will be awarded for the overall winners of the table shows held in 2018.
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. Items that no-one has volunteered to bring in as yet include cheese + onion rolls, chicken (cooked), indian selection, quiche, cocktail sausages, crisps, carrot/celery/pepper/cucumber, dips, xmas cake, mince pies, after eights, yule log, grapes, chocolates. The Branch will supply an assortment of drinks, to suit all tastes!
The programme for 2019 will be handed out at the AGM, and PDF copies will be emailed to members soon afterwards. The branch website will also be updated with the new programme after the AGM.
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/cooking. There is only a small oven at the hall and 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
|2nd Jan||Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members||Echinocactus Group, Aloe Group, Plant in Flower|
|6th Feb||Brazil - The Land of the Uebelmannia (Cliff Thompson)||Eriosyce Group, Crassulaceae Group, Plant in Flower|
|6th Mar||Peru 2017 (Ian Woolnough)||Opuntia Group, Haworthia Group, Plant in Flower|
|3rd Apr||What I Saw Last Winter - Mexico & Madagascar (Paul Klaassen)||Rebutia Group, Gasteria Group, Plant in Flower|
|1st May||Cultivation & Propagation Workshop With demonstrations and discussions||Cacti (3 plants), Succulents (3 plants), Plant in Flower|
|12th May||Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)||9:30am - 4:30pm|
|5th Jun||Travels in Ethiopia (Bob Potter)||Parodia Group, Euphorbia Group, Plant in Flower|
|30th Jun||Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD|
|3rd Jul||Cultivation of Cacti & Succulents (Terry Smale)||Gymnocalycium Group, Stapelia Group, Plant in Flower|
|22nd Jul||Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset|
|24-26 Jul||Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst||9am - 6pm|
|28th Jul||Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LB|
|7th Aug||Plant Focus Evening – Mammillaria & Euphorbia||Echinopsis Group, Agave Group, Plant in Flower|
|4th Sep||Succulent Senecios (John Foster)||Mammillaria Group, Mesemb Group (exc Lithops), Plant in Flower|
|8th Sep||Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show, Broadlands||9:00am - 6:00pm|
|2nd Oct||Gasterias in Habitat & Culture (Tony Roberts)||Echinocereus Group, Lithops Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|12th Oct||Branch Dinner @ Luzborough House, SO51 9AA||7:15pm for 7:30pm|
|6th Nov||Around The Collection (Stuart Riley)||Copiapoa Group, Echeveria Subgroup, Plant in Flower|
|4th 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
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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.