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BCSS Calendar of Events 2013 Compiled by John Foster
Please Email Mark Faint to make additions or alterations. [Last Updated: 3rd November 2013]
|1st-3rd||The 46th Northern Weekend at Alston Hall will commence at 7.00pm on Friday March 1
st and finish at 3.45 pm on Sunday March 3rd 2013.|
Speakers for the weekend are Jaroslav Bohata who will talk about "The Genus Lophophora" and "Small Cacti of the Chihuahuan Desert?", Al Laius will talk about "A Tale of Two Capes - Succulent Plant Hunting in South Africa" and "Modern Aloe Hybrids - with some Gasterias too", Rob Stevenson will speak about "Turbinbicarpus, A Review" and "So there's only One place for That!" and John Watmough will tell us about "Lime - Loving Cacti" and "What Ho! Watmough's Mesembs".
There will be sales of plants and seeds, books, and pots and sundries.
All the residential accommodation is fully booked, but it may be possible to come on a non - residential basis. Also, it may be worth enquiring if there are any last minute cancellations.
For enquiries, please ring Alston Hall on 01772 784661
|10th||Zone 15 will be holding another of their successful mini-
conventions at the Capel Manor Horticultural College (post code EN1 4RQ)
just off junction 25 of the M25.|
There will be 2 speakers - Martin Doorbar on 'Key Colllection in California' and Trevor Wray on 'Gardens of the Western Cape'. Nursery will be Plantlife and Keith Larkin will be selling books.
Tickets are £12 each including excellent mid-term refreshments and the ticket will allow free access to the many excellent display gardens in this horticultural training college if you arrive early. The convention runs from 12 midday to 5pm but the gardens open at 10am.
As an added attraction there will be a short auction of a few of the late Peter Selwood's plants, all proceeds of which will go to charity.
Tickets are limited to 50 so an early booking is advised to ensure a place. Tickets are available from Eddy Harris (secretary of Havering Branch) and the free entry to the gardens will be via the ticket, just show it and give your name to the reception desk on arrival.
|16||Teesside Branch Symposium: Kirkby Church Hall, Kirkby, TS9 7AQ. 09.30-17.00. Speakers: Chris Davies 'Ramblings in Mexico', Robert Wellens 'Succulent tissue culture' and Graham Charles 'Bolivia'. Details from Graham Walker: 01287 637734|
|13||BCSS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Winstanley High School and Community College, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 3BD. The Hampshire/Dunn Memorial Lecture: Tony Roberts. Details in March Journal.|
|14||Oxford Branch Auction: Recreational Hall, Main Road, Long Hanborough, Witney, OX29 8BJ. Viewing and sales 12:00, auction 13:00.|
|15-19||Zone 18: Speaking Tour by Alasdair Glen. Details from Branch Secretaries.|
|20||Spalding Branch Cactus Mart: Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7DE. 10:00-16:00. Refreshments and free parking. Details from Gerry Blacoe: 01778 393226|
|20||Zone 6 Convention: Wilstone Village Hall, Wilstone, Tring, HP23 4PE. 10:00-17:00.
We have been extremely fortunate to be able to bring Jakub Jilemicky, a Czech Republic speaker, over to the UK to give two talks: the first on 'The Western Cape: Haworthias and Other Succulents' and the second on 'Succulents of the Eastern Cape'. Peter Berresford has also kindly agreed to talk on 'Texas/New Mexico: from the Plains to the Mountains', a brand new presentation.
Succulent plant sales will be provided by Toobees (Bob Potter) and David Neville will have cacti for sale. In addition, books will be available for purchase from Keith Larkin (Keith's Plant Books).
Tickets are priced at £15 each and include tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea. Zone 6 events are well known for the quality of the catering. Tickets are available from David Wilson: 01494 581020 or e-mail Berkhamsted Branch Secretary. Tickets can be sent electronically (include your e-mail address) or by post on receipt of a SAE. Cheques should be made payable to BCSS. Detail of the day's programme is printed on the ticket.
About the speakers
|20-21||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Orchid Fair, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00 each day.|
|21||Zone 9 Convention: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA. 10:00-17:00.
This year there will be as usual 3 talks.
The first speaker, I am pleased to say is Robert Maijer from the Netherlands. Robert is making a special visit for the event and this will be his sole appearance whilst in the UK.
Roberts last visit was 3/4 years ago when he attended the High Wycombe Convention which proved an outstanding visit for him. Therefore I am more than pleased to have enticed him back to our shores for a second helping !
Robert will be giving 2 talks to us, the first being on Peperomia, whilst the 2nd talk is on Tylecodon. He is also bringing with him some sale plants for us to indulge our "wants".
Our next speaker is Trevor Wray, who will need no introduction. Trevor will be giving us a virtually new talk entitled "Life and death in the desert". If he gives this talk with his usual wit, then we will be in for an hilarious time !
We will also have included in our £15 ticket price our usual all-day array of food & drink to cater for any personal need. Our food is always another highlight of this event.
On top of all this, we have another outstanding selection of Nurseries in attendance, namely..................
Cheques for £15 per ticket is payable to BCSS Bristol.
Any questions then please contact Tony Irons on 01275 846239 or 07742 821875.
|25-28||York Branch: Display and Sales at Harrogate Spring Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30 each day.|
|27||North West Cactus Mart: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:30-14:30.|
|28||Zone 12 Derek Desborough Memorial Meeting: Crawley Horticultural Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ. 13:00-17:30. Speakers: Paul Hoxey and Derek Tribble.|
|5-6||Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch: Plant Sales at the Hard Plant Society's Annual Plant Fair, Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, Northampton, NN6 9LY. 10:00-16:30.|
|11||BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.|
|18||Cornwall Branch Show: Hayle Day Care Centre, Commercial Road, Hayle, TR27 4DE. 10:00-16:00.|
|18||Fife Branch Show: Leven Parish Church Hall, Durie Street, Leven, KY8 4HA. 10:00-15:30.|
|18||Gloucester Branch Show: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA. 11:00-16:30.|
|18||High Wycombe Branch Show: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, HP15 6DR. 10:00-16:00.|
|18||Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Plant Sales at Cheshire Tortoise Day, The Village Hall, Wilmslow Old Road, Mottram St. Andrew, Macclesfield, SK10 4QP. 10:00-16:00. Details from Julia: 01260 270307.|
|18||Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Sparsholt College Countryside Day, Sparsholt Agricultural College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF. 09:30-16:30.|
|25||Bristol Combined Show (Bristol Branch, Bristol Cactus Society and West of England Cactus & Succulent Society): Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS. 10:00-17:00.|
|25||Bromley Branch Show: Anthony Roper Primary School, Eynsford, Dartford, DA4 0AA. 10:30-15:30.|
|25||Crawley Branch Show: Crawley Horticultural Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ. 10:30-15:00.|
|25||Luton Branch Show: Pirton Village Hall, High St, Pirton, Hitchin, SG5 3PS. 11:00-16:00.|
|25||Lea Valley Annual Show at Capel Manor, Bullsmoor Lane , Enfield 10.00 to 17.00. Plant sales and show plants will remain for the remainder of the Bank Holiday.|
|26||Birmingham Branch Show: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00-16:00.|
|1||East Sussex Cactus Association Show: Bexhill Scout HQ, Buckhurst Road, Bexhill, TN40 1QF. 10:15-15:30.|
|1||Glasgow Branch Show: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-16:00.|
|1||Havering Branch Show: North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, Romford, RM5 3QJ. 11:00-16:00.|
|1||Portsmouth & District Branch Summer Show: St Colman's Church Hall, St Colman's Avenue, Cosham, PO6 2JJ. 11:00-16:00.|
|1||Sheffield Branch Show: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN. 12:00-17:00.|
|1||Zone 6 Show: The Village Hall, Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6PT. 11:00-16:30.|
|1-2||Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch: Plant Sales at the Annual Plant Fair, Delapre Abbey, London Road, Northampton, NN4 8AW. 10:00-16:30.|
|2||Cambridge Branch Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JZ. 10:30-16:00.|
|2||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.|
|2||Sheffield Branch: Display and Sales at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN. 10:00-16:00.|
|8||Bradford Branch Show: Shipley Library, Wellcroft, Shipley, BD18 3QH. 10:30-15:30. Schedules from John Parker|
|8||Croydon Branch Show: Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9EE. 11:00-15:30.|
|8||South Wales Branch Show: Graig Community Centre, Caerphilly Rd, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8NE. 10:00-16:30.|
|12-16||Birmingham Branch: Display at Gardeners' World Live, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT. 09:00-18:00 each day.|
|15||Southend & District Branch Show: United Reformed Church Hall, Kings Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 8PP. 12:00-16:00.|
|15||Southport Branch Show: Formby Luncheon Club, Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA. 11:00-16:00.|
|15||Wiltshire Branch Show: Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. 11:00-15:30.|
|22||Harrow Branch Show: Scout & Guide Huts, off Grymsdyke Road, Hatch End, HA5 4PH. 11:00-16:30. David Neville will be judging and will provide plant sales|
|22||Littlehampton Branch: Cactus Classes & Plant Sales at Yapton Cottage Gardeners' Early Summer Show, Yapton Village Hall, Yapton, Arundel, BN18 0ET. 14.00-16:30.|
|29||South West Cactus Mart: Portishead Youth Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DD. 10:00-14:30. Details from Tony Irons: 01275 846239|
|30||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, G75 0QZ. 11:00-16:00.|
|30||Kings Lynn Branch Show: Eau Brink Cacti, Eau Brink Road, Tilney All Saints, Kings Lynn, PE34 4SQ. 11:00-16:00.|
|6||Waltham Forest Branch Show: Chingford Horticultural Hall, Larkshall Road, (opposite Dale View Crescent), Chingford, London, E4 6PE. Plant sales from 09:00, show 10:30-16:00.|
|6||Zone 19 Symposium: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 09:00-17:00. Speakers: Petr Pavelka, Tomi Kulhanek and Ivor Crook.
Petr Pavelka: Petr is well known in UK for his expansive talks on succulents from African countries and Madagascar. For Zone 19 he is going to give a presentation about south west Angola. Due to the continuing violence in Angola it has been a dangerous country to visit but recent developments have allowed him to make a trip there. His talk at the Zone 19 Symposium about this region will be his first presentation of this topic on the British mainland and promises to be extremely attractive.
Tomi Kulhanek: This is Tomi's first visit to Britain but his reputation goes before him. He is known amongst members of the Chileans, has visited South America in search of cacti and has a good command of the English language. His presentation is in two parts: the first and major section is Gymnocalycium from 'the best habitats in Argentina' and the second, shorter section is other cacti from those same habitats.
Ivor Crook: Those of us who live north of the Midlands know Ivor to be an excellent speaker who has given presentations at both branch and Convention level. His talks are thought provoking and challenging. He is offering two shorter talks which open and finish the day. The first will invite some audience participation to set the scene and the second is a personal view of the genus Rebutia with slides of all presently accepted species plus some surprising findings.
Tickets cost £15.00 which includes the impressive buffet and all other refreshments. These can be obtained by contacting Peter Bint, 0161 643 8932 or email@example.com or branch secretaries at Stoke and Macclesfield branches along with full details of the day and venue, the latter being 3 minutes from M60 junction 20.
|6-7||Zone 12 Show and Mini-mart: Paradise Park, Avis Way, Newhaven, BN9 0DH.|
|7||Bridlington Branch Show: The Orangery, Sewerby Hall, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 12:00-16:00.|
|10||Bradford Branch Auction: Shipley Library, Wellcroft, Shipley, BD18 3QH. 19:30. Proceeds to Bradford Branch.|
|13||Leeds Branch Show: Savilles Garden Centre, Selby Road, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2AQ. 11:00-16:30.|
|13||Lincoln Branch Show: North Hykeham Memorial Hall, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9RY. 10:30-16:00.|
|13-14||Chester & North Wales Branch Show: Gordale Garden Centre, Chester High Road, Burton, CH64 8TF. 13:00-18:00 Saturday, 10:00-16:00 Sunday.|
|13-14||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-18:00 each day.|
|14||Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch Show: at Wilmslow Show, Wilmslow High School, Holly Road, Wilmslow, SK9 1LZ. 11:00-17:00.|
|21||Edenbridge Branch Show: Crockham Hill Village Hall, Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6RP. 11:00-16:00.|
|21||South Norfolk Branch Show: Hopton Village Hall, Thelnetham Road, Hopton, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2QY. 10:30-15:30.|
|25-28||Zones 5 & 19: Display at RHS Tatton Park Flower Show, National Plant Societies Section, Showground, Tatton Park, Knutsford, WA16 6QN. 10:00-18:30 each day, except Sunday 10:00-17:00.|
|27||Teesside Branch Show: Cleveland Show, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. 09:30-16:30.|
|28||Oxford Branch Show (with Haworthia Society): Langdale Hall, Witney, OX28 6AB. 10:00-15:30. Followed by lecture by Paul Shirley: 'A to Z of caudiciforms'.|
|30-1||Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at New Forest & Hampshire County Show, New Park, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH. 08:30-18:30 each day.|
|2-3||Somerset Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Taunton Flower Show, Vivary Park, Taunton, TA1 3QG. Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00.|
|3||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Pollok Family Day, Pollok Estate, Glasgow, G43 1AT. 10:00-17:00.|
|3||Zone 15 Show: United Reform Church, Kings Road, Leigh on Sea, SS0 8PP. 12:00-16:00.|
|10-11||Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch Show: Billing Garden Store, The Causeway, Great Billing, Northampton, NN3 9EX. 10:00-17:00.|
|11||South Norfolk Branch Mini-convention: Garboldisham Village Hall, Church Road, Garboldisham, IP22 2SE. 14:00-19:00. Speakers: Tony Roberts 'Opuntias' and Bob Potter 'Euphorbias'.|
|15-18||Southport Branch: Display at Southport Flower Show, Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ.|
|24||Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display at Poynton Show, Poynton Park, 220 Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1RQ. 10:00-17:00.|
|24-25||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Fuchsia Show, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00 each day.|
|25-26||Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Harrow Lodge Show, Harrow Lodge Park, (off Hornchurch Road), Hornchurch, RM11 1JU. 12:00-18:00 each day.|
|30-1||BCSS Judges' Course: Moulton College, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7RR. Details from Mal Weobley|
|31-1||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Gladiola Show, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00 each day.|
|6-8||ELK Conference: Blankenberg, Belgium. Details from David Rushforth: 01704 563849.|
|6-8||Fife Branch: Display, Competitive Classes and Plant Sales at Dundee Flower and Food Festival, Camperdown Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF. 10:00-17:30 each day.|
|7||Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Orsett Show, Orsett Showground, Orsett, Grays, RM16 3JU. 12:00-17:00.|
|7||Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Romsey Show, Broadlands Park, Romsey, SO51 9ZD. 08:00-18:00.|
|13-15||York Branch Show: Harrogate Autumn Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30 each day.|
|14||Littlehampton Branch: Cactus Classes & Plant Sales at Littlehampton Town Show, Rosemead Open Space, East Street, Littlehampton, BN17 6ED. 13:30-16:30.|
|15||Zone 14 Convention: Crockham Hill Village Hall, Edenbridge, TN8 6RP. 13:00-18:00. Speakers: Graham Charles 'Cacti of Peru' and Eddy Harris 'South Africa via Tucson part 1'.|
|21||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Highland Cattle Show, Pollok Estate, Glasgow, G43 1AT. 10:00-17:00.|
|28||BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.|
|28||Portsmouth & District Branch Autumn Show: Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley, PO7 5AT. 11:00-16:00.|
|28-29||Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.|
|6||Birmingham Branch Autumn Show: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00-16:00.|
|6||Zone Representatives Meeting: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00.|
|9||Cambridge Branch Mini Autumn Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JZ. 19:30-22:00.|
|12||North West Mesemb Show: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:30-16:00. Speaker: Ian Thwaites 'Namaqualand' (14:00). Show schedules available from Peter Bint|
|19||High Wycombe Branch Convention: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, HP15 6DR. 09:30-16:30. Two talks on Mexico by Wolter Ten Hoeven, one each on North America by Trevor Wray and Peter Beresford. Tickets £14 including refreshments and buffet lunch. Contact Chris Davies on 01494 724924 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org|
|26||Zone 3 Rally: Carlton WMC, Main St, Carlton, Wakefield WF3 3RW. 09:30-17:00.|
|7||BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.|
2014 Preview - Please Email Mark Faint to make additions
Zone 6 International Convention - 10am
Rikus van Veldhuisen from The Netherlands (Chairman of The International Euphorbia Society) speaking for the first time in the UK will give two talks :-
Tomas Kulhanek from The Czech Republic on only his second time in the UK will also give two talks:-
Pots & Sundries: Phillip Barker
Ticket Price £15.00. This includes arrival refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea.
Please send your cheque payable to BCSS ZONE6 together with your address and the names of all that you are buying tickets for to:
|27 April||Zone 9 Convention: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA. 10:00-17:00.|
|10 May||Havering Branch will be holding it's 17th biennial
Cactus Mart (the original, biggest and best of its kind) at the North
Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, Romford, Essex
RM5 3QJ (same venue as the 2012 Mart).|
At least 12 leading nurseries, open from 10am to 3pm, wide range of refreshments available all day and admission £1. See our advert in the March 2014 CactusWorld and further details will be available from the branch secretary on receipt of an S.A.E.
|17 May||South Wales Branch Show: Graig Community Centre, Caerphilly Rd, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8NE. 10:00-16:30.|
|17 May||High Wycombe Branch Show: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, HP15 6DR. 10:00-16:00.|
|31 May||Bristol Combined Show (Bristol Branch, Bristol Cactus Society and West of England Cactus & Succulent Society): Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS. 10:00-17:00.|
|7 June||Gloucester Branch Show: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA. 11:00-16:30.|
|21 June||Wiltshire Branch Show: Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. 11:00-15:30.|
|28 June||South West Cactus Mart - Portishead Youth Centre, 1, Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 7DD. Free entry. Open 10.00-2.30pm. Minimum 12 Sellers.|
|11-13th July||The BCSS International Convention.|
The next convention will be held at the Stamford Court in the University of Leicester. This is the same venue, but greatly updated, as the one used in 2010. It was previously known as the Gilbert Murray Conference Suite. The structure of the convention is very similar to 2010 with residential and non-residential packages. Delegates and traders will be providing sales of plants and other related materials.
The list of main speakers includes:
In addition Pete Arthurs, Dr Gillian Evison, Dr Olwen Grace, Dr Terry Smale & Dr Colin Walker have all been asked to present mini-talks. Full details and on-line booking are now avauilable. In March 2013 the booking forms will be distributed in CactusWorld.