Welcome to the Southampton & District Branch of
the British Cactus and Succulent Society
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
2004 BCSS National Show
2016 BCSS National Show
2021 Programme - TBD
To obtain further information or for correspondence, please
Tel: 023 8055 1173
Mob: 07974 191354
Email: davnev at btopenworld.com
(replace "at" with @ when emailing)
Tel: 023 80261989
Email: info at southampton.bcss.org.uk
(replace "at" with @ when emailing)
British Cactus and Succulent
Society Calendar of Events.