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Welcome to Zone 11 of the British Cactus and Succulent Society


Monthly Meetings

The Branches which comprise Zone 11 (Southampton and District, Portsmouth and District, and Isle Of Wight) hold regular meetings and stage displays or sell plants at events throughout the year. Details of these are given in the colour-coded table below.

Each monthly meeting generally consists of a speaker giving a slide show, practical demonstration or talk about a topic likely to be of interest to cacti and succulent growers. A selection of plants is usually available for purchase, and some of the branches hold a library of books which can be borrowed on a monthly basis. Attending these meetings is an ideal way of learning more about the hobby - and if you have cacti or succulent plants which require identification, bring them along - someone will help you put names to the plants and tell you more about how to look after them.

Southampton Meetings
usually 1st Tuesday each month
7:30pm start
St James's Parish Hall
Church Hill (A27)
West End
SO30 3LA
  Isle of Wight Meetings
usually 2nd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
Church Close Community Centre
off Church Close
Wootton, Isle of Wight
PO33 4QH
  Portsmouth Meetings
usually 3rd Saturday each month
7:30pm start
St Colman’s Church Hall
St Colman’s Avenue

Zone 11 Programme - 2017

Date Branch Subject/Speaker/Event
3rd Jan Soton Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members
14th Jan IOW No meeting
21st Jan Ports Members' talks - Paul Klaassen and Angie Money
7th Feb Soton Peru - Arequipa to Ancash (Martin Sheader)
11th Feb IOW Branch Quiz set by Ron Mitchell
18th Feb Ports Large Flowered Mammillarias (Chris Davies)
7th Mar Soton Plants from my Collection (Julie Carey)
11th Mar IOW Slide Show – SW USA by Keith Grantham (#1)
18th Mar Ports Cacti & Succulents - 5 short Videos (Tony Mace)
4th Apr Soton The Huntington Desert Garden & LA County Arboretum (Ben Turner)
8th Apr IOW Ramblings in NE Mexico (Chris Davis)
15th Apr Ports Bring and Buy Auction
2nd May Soton Cultivation & Propagation Workshop - with demonstrations and discussions
13th May IOW What I Did Last Winter (Paul Klaassen)
13th May Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)
20th May Ports Succulents & Cacti with Altitude (Terry Smale)
3rd Jun Ports Portsmouth Summer Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO7 5AU
6th Jun Soton South Africa #1 (W. Cape) (Chris Eyers)
10th Jun IOW Cactotherapy - Gordon Rowley autobiographical compilation
17th Jun Ports Lime Loving Cacti (John Watmough)
21st Jun Ports Visit to Kathy & Keith Flanagan’s Collection (Overton, nr Basingstoke)
24th Jun Soton Branch visit to South West Cactus Mart, Portishead Youth Centre, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD
4th Jul Soton Gymnocalycium in Person (Graham Evans)
8th Jul IOW Slide Show – SW USA by Keith Grantham (#2)
15th Jul Ports The Elton Roberts Collection (Kathy Flanagan)
23rd Jul Soton Southampton Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset
25-27 Jul Soton Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst
1st Aug Soton Cultivation Masterclass - Composts, Repotting & Watering
12th Aug IOW Open Evening at Robin & Joan Goodredge (Members only)
12th Aug Soton Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LBW
13th Aug Ports Portsmouth Branch Social - details to be confirmed
19th Aug Ports No meeting
19th Aug Ports Display at Denmead Horticultural Show
19th Aug Soton Branch visit to Southern Area Show & Mart - Sevenoaks Community Centre, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 5DN
28th Aug Ports Display at Emsworth Horticultural Society Show
2nd Sep Ports Display at Hayling Island Horticultural Show
5th Sep Soton The Beauty of our Plants (David Traish)
9th Sep IOW Garden Snowdrops (Helen Mount)
9th Sep Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show
16th Sep Ports South West USA 2016 (Ian Woolnough)
30th Sep Ports Portsmouth Autumn Show at Christ Church Hall, Widley, PO7 5AU
3rd Oct Soton Cacti of the Big Bend, Texas (Hazel Taylor)
14th Oct IOW Southern Namibia (Rodney Sims)
21st Oct Ports Asclepiadaceae (Tom Radford)
7th Nov Soton Epiphytic Cacti - A General Introduction (Dr Mark Preston)
11th Nov IOW title to be confirmed (David Neville)
18th Nov Ports Echeverias, Aloes and Gasterias (Stuart Riley)
2nd Dec Ports Annual General Meeting & Christmas Social
5th Dec Soton Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social
9th Dec IOW Annual General Meeting followed by American Supper

Note: Amendments are very rare, but if they are necessary, they will usually be posted here. However sometimes changes can occur at the last minute, so if travelling from a distance to attend a particular meeting, please check the relevant branch website (or phone the secretary of the branch) a day or two before the event.

Contact Details

To obtain further information you may wish to visit the appropriate branch's website or contact the branch secretary :
BCSS Southampton Secretary:
Mr David Neville, 
Tel: 02380 551173
Southampton Website
  BCSS Isle of Wight Secretary:
Mr Stephen Woods, 
Tel: 01983 866356
Isle of Wight Website
  BCSS Portsmouth Secretary:
Ms Carrie Hands, 
Tel: 02392 375667
Portsmouth Website