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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 - 2016

Date Branch Subject/Speaker/Event
5th Jan Soton Members' Mini Talks - a number of short talks by branch members
9th Jan IOW No meeting
16th Jan Ports Short talks and discussion by Branch members
2nd Feb Soton The 2012 National Show (David Neville)
13th Feb IOW Plant Auction and Members' Slides
20th Feb Ports Mesembs (Eddy Harris)
1st Mar Soton Patagonia (Cliff Thompson)
12th Mar IOW Branch Quiz & Members' Talks
19th Mar Ports South Africa Part 1 (Tony Roberts)
5th Apr Soton What's New (Stuart Riley)
9th Apr IOW Succulent Survivors in my Greenhouse (David Traish)
16th Apr Ports Bring and Buy Auction
3rd May Soton Succulents other than Mesembs (Suzanne Mace)
14th May IOW Mexico: Autumn in the Sierra Madre Orientale (Cliff Thompson)
14th May Soton Branch visit to Havering Cactus Mart, Collier Row, Romford, Essex RM5 3QJ
21st May Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Sparsholt College (Countryside Day)
21st May Ports Ariocarpus (Paul Klaassen)
4th Jun Ports Summer Show at St. Colman’s Church Hall, Cosham, PO6 2JJ
7th Jun Soton Branch Mini Show & Judging Explained
11th Jun IOW Asclepiads (Slide Show, prepared by the late Chris Moore)
12th Jun Soton Branch visit to Lullingstone Castle Gardens Eynsford, Dartford, Kent DA4 0JA
18th Jun Ports Our Mammillarias (Kathy Flanagan)
19th Jun Soton Summer Garden Party & Open Day, hosted by Dot England, Barton on Sea, Hants
5th Jul Soton Southern California (David Minnion)
9th Jul IOW What I Did Last Winter (Paul Klaassen)
16th Jul Ports Caudiciforms (Bob Potter)
23rd Jul Soton Branch visit to Oxford Branch Show - Old Mill Hall, Grove, Wantage OX12 7LBW
24th Jul Soton Southampton Branch Garden Party - hosted by Alice Jankovec, West Moors, Dorset
26-28 Jul Soton Display / Plant Sales @ New Forest Show, Brockenhurst
2nd Aug Soton Cultivation & Propagation Evening With demonstrations & discussions
13th Aug IOW Open Evening at Geraldine & Stephen Woods (Members only)
13th Aug Ports Display / Plant Sales @ Denmead Horticultural Show (TBC)
20th Aug Ports No meeting
29th Aug Ports Display / Plant Sales @ Emsworth Horticultural Society Show (TBC)
3rd Sep Ports Display / Plant Sales @ Hayling Island Horticultural Show (TBC)
6th Sep Soton A Cactus Tourist in Baja (Trevor Wray)
10th Sep Soton Display / Plant Sales @ Romsey Show
10th Sep IOW Dahlias (Ron Tomlin)
17th Sep Ports Photographing plants (Tom Radford)
24th Sep Soton Branch visit to Mesemb Study Group Event, Banstead Community Centre, Surrey SM7 3DL
1st Oct Ports Portsmouth Autumn Show @ Christ Church Hall, Widley, Waterlooville PO7 5BU
4th Oct Soton Mesembryanthemums (Terry Smale)
8th Oct IOW Alpine Plants (Robin Alabaster)
15th Oct Ports Grafting Part 2, and Growing on cactus seedlings (Cliff Thompson)
1st Nov Soton South Africa First Class (Alice Vanden Bon)
12th Nov IOW Czech Collections (David Neville)
19th Nov Ports Zone 11 Annual Quiz hosted by Portsmouth and District Branch
6th Dec Soton Annual General Meeting, followed by Christmas Social
10th Dec IOW Annual General Meeting followed by American Supper
10th Dec Ports Annual General Meeting & Christmas Social

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