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The BCSS International Convention

Stamford Court Conference Suite, Leicester

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th July 2014

The Stamford Court Conference Suite is a new purpose-built state of the art facility adjacent to high quality single room accommodation. The rooms are well appointed and are grouped in ‘apartments’ so you can request to be adjacent to your friends if you wish. Ground floor rooms can be provided on request. Manor Road is a minor road with an easy crossing point. It is conveniently situated near to junction 21 of the M1 about 90 miles north of London and is part of the pleasantly landscaped halls of residence belonging to Leicester University. Within easy walking distance is the Harold Martin Botanic garden, open 10.00–16.00 every day and available for you to visit during the Convention.

Events at the Convention

The Convention will commence on Friday afternoon and conclude with afternoon tea on Sunday. It will be a great opportunity to meet your friends in a relaxing atmosphere such as the lounge area. All meals will be served in the dining room with a self-service breakfast and evening meal. The lunches will be buffet style. Coffee and tea will be available from dispensers in the lounge adjacent to the lecture theatre and sales are throughout the day. All the main lectures will be held in the spacious new lecture theatre with comfortable seats, a cinema-sized screen and state of the art technology. The mini-talks will also be held in additional new facilities

Plant and Book Sales

This convention will have large sales areas where both nurserymen and amateurs can offer plants and associated items. Everyone is encouraged to participate and full-time delegates (whether residential or non-residential) can request a free sales table, subject to availability. Traders should contact the organisers for details of packages available to them.

Special Exhibits

There will be a number of special exhibits and displays staged by members on various topics associated with our hobby. It is also hoped to display the winners of the latest Photographic Competition organised by the Society.

Charity Auction

On Saturday evening the traditional auction of plants, books and associated items will be held in the dining room which is immediately opposite the bar. The proceeds of the sale will be used to boost the BCSS Conservation and Research Fund. Delegates are invited to donate plants or other saleable items to this worthy cause.

The Lecturers

In addition Peter Arthurs, Dr Olwen Grace, Dr Gillian Evison, Dr Terry Smale and Dr Colin Walker will all present mini-talks. Packages for Delegates Please help us by booking early.

Prices (All prices include VAT)

1. Full Delegate Package £260

Includes two nights in an en-suite single room, full breakfasts, buffet lunches and evening meals and refreshments during the day. It also includes use of the facilities, access to all lectures, plant sales and special exhibits.

2. Non-Residential Package £160

Includes buffet lunches and evening meals and refreshments during the day. It also includes use of the facilities, access to all lectures, plant sales and special exhibits.

3. Single Day Package (Saturday only) £60

Includes buffet lunches and evening meals and refreshments during the day. It also includes use of the facilities, access to all lectures, plant sales and special exhibits.

To book either please download and complete the booking form from here or book online here. A deposit of £50 is required at the time of booking, non-returnable after 1 Jan 2014.

All delegates (residential and non-residential) have the option of one sales table free of charge on a first come first served basis until all available tables are allocated.