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BCSS Calendar of Events 2015 Compiled by John Foster

Please note this listing only includes the major shows and events, for a full list of all branch and Zone events in your own area please refer to individual branch web sites.

Please Email Mark Faint to make additions or alterations.[Last Updated: 22nd July 2015]


The 48th Northern Weekend will be held at Alston Hall near Preston in Lancashire over the weekend of 6th - 8th March 2015.

Speakers for the weekend will each give 2 lectures and are: Ulrich Haage, who will talk about "Kakteen Haage: A history of the world's Oldest Cactus Nursery" and "Cacti: - How we grow them: Today - and a hundred years ago". Brendan Burke "Snow Rain and Penguins" and "South America: - The Highs and the Lows", John Ellis "Arizona Revisited" and "Greenhouse Photography" and Suzanne Mace "Succulents - There is life after Mesembs!" and "Lithops and Conophytums - why are they still so popular?". Ulrich Haage will be speaking to us for the first time. Ulrich is a member of the Haage family who have run a cactus nursery in Erfurt in Germany for many generations. He is planning to restore an old movie of the nursery from the 1920's which has never been seen outside the family and is hoping to show parts of this movie to us if possible during one of his talks. Other first time speakers are Brendan Burke and John Ellis. We are pleased to see the return of Suzanne Mace. Suzanne has spoken to us before so we look forward to seeing her again at Alston Hall.

We always like to give our speakers a warm Lancashire welcome and we thank them for agreeing to come and make our weekend such a special event.

There will be sales of plants and seeds, books, and pots and sundries.

Booking started in July last year, but there may be some places still available. Come and join us!

For further details and to book a place please contact Alston Hall on 01772 784661

21Zone 6 Convention: Broughton Astley Village Hall, Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6PT. 10:00-16:00. Speakers: Giuseppe Orlando 'Aloes of Madagascar' and 'Yemen the forbidden succulent paradise' and Roger Ferryman 'The Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico & USA'. Tickets from Alan Brown: lithops@onetel.com or Tony Morris: morrisbcss@btinternet.com
22Zone 15 Mini-convention: Capel Manor College, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 12:00-17:00. Speakers: Graham Charles 'Gymnocalyciums' and David Neville 'Highlights of South Africa and Namibia'. Both speakers will bring plants for sale. Cost £13.00 which includes free entry to Capel Manor Gardens (open at 10:00) and buffet lunch. Tickets from Eddy Harris (Havering Branch Secretary).
11BCSS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Winstanley High School and Community College, Braunstone, Leicester, LE3 3BD. Details in March Journal.
19Zone 9 Convention: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA. 10:00-17:00. Speakers: Len Newton 'Plant discoveries in East Africa - past, present & future', Stuart Riley 'US national shows & new ISI plant introductions' and Graham Charles 'Matucana in habitat & culture'. Full details at www.zone9.bcss.org.uk
23-26York Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Harrogate Spring Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30.
25Bradford Branch 70th Anniversary Event: Wilsden Village Hall, Townfield, Wilsden, BD15 0HT. 10:00-17:00. Speakers: Colin Walker, Graham Charles and Dorothy Minors. Plant sales. Coffee, lunch, tea. £15.
25Spalding Branch Cactus Mart: Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane, Holbeach, Spalding, PE12 7DE. 10:00-15:00. Refreshments, free parking, free admission. Details from Gerry Blacoe: 01778 393226 or gerald@blacoegb.plus.com
26Zone 12 Derek Desborough Memorial Meeting: Crawley Horticultural Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ. 13:00-17:30. Details from Graham Evans or the Maces.
2North West Cactus Mart: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:30-14:30. Details from Peter Bint: peter@bint.myzen.co.uk
2-4Southend-on-Sea Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Southend Garden Show, Garon Park, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 4FA. 10:00-17:00.
10Tephrocactus Study Group Annual Meeting: Coddington Village Hall, Main Street, Coddington, Newark, NG24 2PN. 11:00-15:30. Speakers: Ivor Crook 'Tephrocacti' and Paul Hoxey 'Recent studies in the Opuntioideae of Peru'. All welcome. Details from John Betteley: 01636 707649 or johnbetteley4@gmail.com
16Cornwall Branch Show: Hayle Day Care Centre, Commercial Road, Hayle, TR27 4DE. 10:00-16:00.
16Fife Branch Show: Leven Parish Church Hall, Durie Street, Leven, KY8 4HA. 10:00-15:30.
16High Wycombe Branch Show: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Missenden Road, Great Kingshill, HP15 6DR. 10:00-16:00.
16Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Plant Sales at Cheshire Tortoise Day, Woodford Community Centre, Chester Rd, Woodford, Stockport, SK7 1PS. 10:00-16:00. Details from Julia: 01260 270307.
16South Wales Branch Show: Graig Community Centre, Caerphilly Rd, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8NE. 10:00-16:30.
16Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Sparsholt College Countryside Day, Sparsholt Agricultural College, Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester, SO21 2NF. 09:30-16:30.
16-17Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Orchid Fair, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
16-17Southend-on-Sea Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Southend Council Parks Department Nursery, Silchester Corner, Barling Road, Great Wakering, Southend-on-Sea, SS3 0PZ. 10:00-16:00.
17Birmingham Branch: Plant Auction at Winterbourne House & Garden, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT. Viewing from 10:00, auction at 11:00.
20Herne Bay & District Branch Closed Show: The Over 60s Club, Pettman House, Hanover Square, Herne Bay,CT6 5NY. 19:30-22:00.
23BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.
23Bromley Branch Show: Anthony Roper Primary School, Eynsford, Dartford, DA4 0AA. 10:30-15:30.
23Crawley Branch Show: Crawley Horticultural Society Hall, Ifield Avenue, West Green, Crawley, RH11 7AJ. 10:00-15:00.
23Lea Valley Branch Annual Show. Capel Manor Gardens, Bullsmoor Lane, Enfield, EN1 4RQ. 10:00-17:00. Remains open all weekend with plant sales.
30Bristol Joint Show (Bristol Branch, Bristol Cactus Society and West of England Cactus & Succulent Society): Filton Community Centre, Elm Park, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7PS. 10:30-17:00.
30Sheffield Branch Show: Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN. 12:00-17:00.
31Birmingham Branch Show: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00-16:00.
31Sheffield Branch: Display and Sales at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 2LN. 10:00-16:00.
6Bradford Branch Show: Shipley Library, Wellcroft, Shipley, BD18 3QH. 10:00-15:30. Schedules from John Parker, Bradford Branch Secretary: hillfoot51@btinternet.com
6Glasgow Branch Show: Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-16:00.
6Gloucester Branch Show: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA. 11:00-16:30.
6Havering Branch Show: North Romford Community Centre, Clockhouse Lane, Collier Row, Romford, RM5 3QJ. 11:00-16:00.
6Luton Branch Show: Pirton Village Hall, High Street, Pirton, Hitchin, SG5 3PS. 11:00-16:15. Details from the Show Secretary: peter.clayton87@gmail.com or 01462 232333.
6Portsmouth & District Branch Summer Show: St Colman's Church Hall, St Colman's Avenue, Cosham, PO6 2JJ. 11:00-16:00.
6Southport Branch Show: Formby Luncheon Club, Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA. 11:00-16:00.
7Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
7The Mammillaria Society Annual Meeting: RHS Wisley, Hillside Centre, Woking, GU23 6QB. 10:00-16:30. Speakers: Ian Woolnough 'Travels in Mexico' and Chris Davies 'Hunting the Turbs'.
Society members can have free entry to Wisley for the day. Exhibits of Mammillarias and our associated genera of Coryphantha, Escobaria, Thelocactus, Turbinicarpus and Neolloydia. Talks during the afternoon, details later. Formal AGM at some point.
7Zone 6 Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JZ. 10:30-16:30.
11-14Birmingham Branch: Display at Gardeners' World Live, NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT. 09:00-18:00.
13Croydon Branch Show: Sanderstead Methodist Church, Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead, CR2 9EE. 11:00-15:30.
13Southend-on-Sea Branch Show: United Reformed Church Hall, Kings Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 8PP. 12:00-16:00.
20Wiltshire Branch Show: Melksham Assembly Hall, Market Place, Melksham, SN12 6ES. 11:00-15:30.
20Zone 19 Symposium: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 09:00-17:00. Speakers: Graham Charles 'Small Andean Opuntias' and 'The genus Thelocactus', Wiebe Bosma 'Stapeliads, wild and tame' and Guiseppe Orlando 'Succulents from the Horn of Africa'. Details from Zone 19 Branch Secretaries or Zone Rep.
27South West Cactus Mart: Portishead Youth Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Portishead, Bristol, BS20 7DD. 09:30-13:30.
28Kings Lynn Branch Show: Eau Brink Cacti, Eau Brink Road, Tilney All Saints, Kings Lynn, PE34 4SQ. 11:00-16:00.
28Leicester Branch: Display and Sales at Leicester University Botanic Gardens Open Day, Stoughton Drive South, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 2NE. 11:00-16:30.
5Bridlington Branch Show: The Orangery, Sewerby Hall, Church Lane, Sewerby, Bridlington, YO15 1EA. 12:00-16:00.
5Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch Show: at Wilmslow Show, Wilmslow High School, Holly Road, Wilmslow, SK9 1LZ. 11:00-17:00.
8Bradford Branch Auction: Shipley Library, Wellcroft, Shipley, BD18 3QH. 19:15. Proceeds to Bradford Branch.
11Waltham 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.
11-12Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-18:00.
12Edenbridge Branch Show: Crockham Hill Village Hall, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 6RP. 11:00-16:00. Contact: dave.sheppard1@ntlworld.com
18-19Zone 15 Show and Display: Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET. Saturday 11:00-17:00, Sunday 10:00 -17:00.
19Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, G75 0QZ. 11:00-16:00.
22-26Zones 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. RHS only on Wednesday.
25Harrow Branch are hosting their annual Cactus and Succulent Show on Saturday 25th July 2015 from 10:30am to 4:30pm, at St Thomas More, Catholic Church Hall, 32 Field End Road, Eastcote, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 2QT. In addition to hundreds of show plant, light refreshments, a raffle and plant sales will be available. Plant sales will be a combination of members sales in addition to plants brought along by our show judge, David Neville. Further details can be obtained direct from kaktuskris@fsmail.net, or via our Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarrowBranchBCSS/
25Teesside Branch Show: Cleveland Show, Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, TS7 8AR. 09:30-16:30.
28-30Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at New Forest & Hampshire County Show, New Park, Brockenhurst, SO42 7QH. 08:30-18:30.
1Oxford Branch Show - with the Haworthia Society (Joyce Cocozza Memorial) at NEW VENUE The Old Mill Hall, School Lane, Grove nr Wantage, OX12 7LB.
Open at 11am - 4 Nurseries - Plantlife, Daniel Jackson, Toobees and Rene Geissler. Show followed by Lecture from Haworhia Soc. Chair Alan Rollason at 4.45.Details from Bill Darbon - 01993 881926 or e-mail william.darbon77@btinternet.com
7-8Somerset Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Taunton Flower Show, Vivary Park, Taunton, TA1 3QG. Friday 11:00-19:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00.
8Zone 12 Show: Southdowns Nursery, Brighton Road, Hassocks, BN6 9LY. 08:30-16:00.
20-23Southport Branch: Display at Southport Flower Show, Victoria Park, Southport, PR8 2BZ.
22BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.
23Portsmouth & District Branch: Display at Purbrook Horticultural Show, Crookhorn College of Technology, Stakes Hill Road, Waterlooville, PO7 5UD. 14:00-16:30.
23AN AUCTION of plants from the collection of John Warwick (Oxford member) who has been growing Cacti & Succulent plants for over 50 years is being arranged for Sunday 23rd August 2015 at Drayton Village Hall, Lockway, Drayton OX14 4LG (the hall is situated the center of the village with good car parking). The village of Drayton is 3 miles south of Abingdon on the B4017, 5 miles west of Didcot; it is served with excellent access to the main A34 via the Milton Interchange and the Abingdon South slip roads.

All the plants (mainly Cacti) are in wonderful condition and some have featured at many Oxford Show's and are of National Show standard. Further details of full list and some photographs are available via the Oxford Branch Web site. For any further details or further information please contact Bill Darbon on 01993 88192 or william.darbon77@btinternet.com

All Plants will be sold as seen and must be removed on completion of the Auction and in all cases by 5.30pm at the latest. Viewing will be from 1000am and Auction will start prompt at 11:00.am. There will be light refreshments (but no hot food available)

29Macclesfield & East Cheshire Branch: Display at Poynton Show, Poynton Park, 220 Park Lane, Poynton, Stockport, SK12 1RQ. 10:00-17:00.
29-30Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Fuchsia Show, Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
30-31Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Harrow Lodge Show, Harrow Lodge Park, (off Hornchurch Road), Hornchurch, RM11 1JU. 11:00-18:00.
31Portsmouth & District Branch: Display and Sales at Emsworth Horticultural Show, Recreation Ground, Horndean Road, Emsworth, PO10 7PT. 10:30-17:00.
4-6BCSS Judges' Course: Moulton College, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7RR. Details from Mal Weobley
4-6Fife Branch / Zone 18: Display, Plant Sales and Competitive Classes at Dundee Flower Show and Food Festival, Camperdown Park, Coupar Angus Road, Dundee, DD2 4TF. 10:00-17:30.
5Havering Branch: Plant Sales at Orsett Show, Orsett Showground, Orsett, Grays, RM16 3JU. 12:00-17:00.
5Portsmouth & District Branch: Display at Hayling Island Horticultural Society Show, Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0HB. 14:00-16:30.
11-13ELK Conference: Blankenberg, Belgium. Details from David Rushforth: 01704 563849.
12Southampton & District Branch: Display and Sales at Romsey Show, Broadlands Park, Romsey, SO51 9ZD. 08:00-18:00.
18-2111th annual Cactus Explorers Weekend: Beaumont Hall, University of Leicester. Guest speaker: Andreas Hofacker, President of the German Cactus Society. Bookings: graham.charles@btinternet.com
18-20York Branch Show: Harrogate Autumn Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8PW. 09:30-17:30.
19Teesside Branch: Display and Plant Sales at Stokesley Show, The Showground, Helmsley Road, Stokesley, TS9 5JL. 09:30-16:30.
26Portsmouth & District Branch Autumn Show: Christ Church Hall, London Road, Widley, PO7 5BU. 11:00-16:00.
26-27Glasgow Branch: Display and Sales at Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, G12 0UE. 10:00-17:00.
4Birmingham Branch Autumn Show: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00-16:00.
4Zone Representatives Meeting: Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR. 11:00.
10North West Mesemb Show: St Thomas More Church Hall, Kirkway, Alkrington, Middleton, Manchester, M24 1PP. 10:30-16:00. Speaker: John Watmough 'Mesembs in October' (14:00). Details and schedules from Peter Bint: peter@bint.myzen.co.uk
11Exeter Branch Convention: Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, EX8 5JY. 10:00-16:00. Speakers: Ray Stephenson and John Miller. Details from Ian Woolnough: 01392 422147.
14Cambridge Branch Autumn Mini-Show: Great Shelford Memorial Hall, Woollards Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JZ. 19:30-22:00.
24Zone 3 Rally: Carlton WMC, Main St, Carlton, Wakefield WF3 3RW. 09:30-17:00.
1West of England Cactus & Succulent Society Connie Hobbs Memorial Lecture: Cleeve Village Hall, Cleeve Hill Road, Cleeve, Bristol, BS49 4PH. 14:00-17:00. Speaker: Derek Tribble 'Brian Makin - five decades of growing succulents'. Details from Robin Owen-Smith: 01934 732304.
5BCSS Board of Trustees Meeting: Newport Pagnell. 11:00.

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16 AprilHerne Bay & District Branch Cactus Mart: Chestfield and Swalecliffe Community Centre, 19 St Johns Road, Herne Bay, CT5 2QU. 10:00-15:00.
24 AprilZone 9 Convention: Hardwicke Village Hall, Green Lane, Hardwicke, Gloucester, GL2 4QA.
9 JulyGloucester Branch Special 50th Anniversary meeting. Longford Village Hall, Longford Lane, Longford, Gloucester, GL2 9EL. Speakers: Graham Charles & Colin Walker.
19-20 August
NATIONAL SHOW 2016 - Sales Tables

For information of any persons wishing to sell at the National Show on 19th/20th August 2016.

All Sales Space has now been allocated, there are a number of continental nurseries who have booked space.

As per the invitation letter sent out in February, I am now Holding a Reserve list of anyone who wishes to attend the event to sell.

Should you wish to be considered please contact me and I will advise if and when any space becomes available.

Many Thanks Bill Darbon BCSS Shows Committee william.darbon77@btinternet.com or 01993 881926