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

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October 2021 Update

We hope that all of our members and friends are safe and healthy, and that you and your plants have fared well during the pandemic.

Our meeting hall has been re-opened for use in recent weeks, having been closed since the start of the pandemic. But as there are no windows in the hall that can be opened to provide good ventilation, as recommended by the Government, the Branch committee have decided that it would be unwise to arrange meetings during the autumn and winter months. The fact that many Branch members will currently be waiting for their Covid booster jabs, along with the recommended Flu jab, has also been a consideration in making this decision.

It is hoped that we will be able to consider holding meetings once again in the Spring of 2022.

Meanwhile, don't forget that the BCSS is holding regular online lectures via Zoom and that details of these can be found on the main BCSS website, in the monthly Enews, and the BCSS Forum (which is free and accessible to everyone via the main website). Use this link to check details of up coming meetings.

Both Portsmouth Branch and Reading & Basingstoke Branch also hold meetings via Zoom, and Southampton Branch members are invited to participate. Just contact the relevant Branch Secretaries for details (details available on the individual branch websites).


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.


Newsletters

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.

Library

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.

Badge

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
2004 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6  7
2005   2006   2007
2016 BCSS National Show   1  2  3  4  5  6 
ELK Conferences   ELK 2012  ELK 2013

2021 Programme - TBD



Contact Details

To obtain further information or for correspondence, please contact:
 
Secretary:
David Neville, 
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
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Website:
Vinay Shah, 
Tel: 023 80261989 
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
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British Cactus and Succulent Society Calendar of Events.