PROGRAMME 2022                                                New visitors are very welcome!                       Nov 7th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End We will welcome Paul Spracklin who will present  “Further Adventures in Mexico”. He has visited this vast and beautiful country numerous times searching for members of the Agave family and in particular, those that might be cold hardy in this country.   Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Echinocereus Group; Mesemb Group; any cactus; any succulent.   Oct 3rd, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End We will welcome Trevor Wray from Northampton who will present  "Life and Death in the Desert".  This relates to some factors that affect our plants and tips on how one can survive in the desert while searching for them; a mixture of cacti and alpines with landscapes.  Following the tragic news that our Secretary John Kestevan and his wife Imogen died in a walking accident while on holiday in North Devon, you will be asked if you will be attending their memorial service on Sunday the 9th October at 3 pm at the Impact Theatre in Perivale.  Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Turbinicarpus Group; Stapelia Group; any cactus; any succulent.   On a brighter note, Harrow Branch was inaugurated on 10th Oct 1967, so Monday will be our 55th anniversary! We plan to celebrate with a cake.    Sep 5th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End We will welcome Paul Hoxey from near Cambridge with a presentation about "Let’s Explore the Valley of the Río Mantaro" in eastern Peru. He has been living in Peru for several months each year, so knows the country and its cacti well.   Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Matucana Group; Agave Group; any cactus; any succulent.    Aug 1th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End We will hold our overdue AGM. Several issues need to be discussed and plans made for the future. Also, a new committee needs to be elected/re-elected. As is the custom, entry will be free, but if you wish to make a donation of the normal entry fee, it will be very welcome.  After our break, members will tell us about "My Other Hobby". This of course is an opportunity to get to know each other better and was very entertaining when we last tried it. Most volunteers have undertaken to provide a display, but two will also speak about their passion. We can look forward to learning about dinosaurs, model aircraft, jewellery, stamps, glass and the history of Harrow Branch and more contributions can still be accommodated.    Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Copiapoa Group; Adenia, Kedrostris or Pachypodium Group; any cactus; any succulent.   10 am – 5 pm Sunday 24th July 2022 BCSS Zone 6 Convention at Brunel University, Uxbridge, NW London Twice postponed - now let’s meet up again & talk about our favourite plants!   Speakers: Roger Ferryman: “Eriosyce - Home & Away”    Ian Woolnough: “Mexico 2016 - Puebla, Oaxaca and More”                          Andy Young: "Poaching in South Africa - are any succulents left?"  Plant Sales: Alice Vanden Bon, C & V Cacti and Harrow Branch Members. Raffle.  July 4th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End John Watmough from Oxford will be speaking  about "South Africa 2018 - OAP's Trip", a travelogue looking for succulents.   There is an entry fee of £3 that includes refreshments at our 9:00 p.m. break.  Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Gymnocalycium Group, Haworthia Group; any cactus; any succulent.     June 6th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End Mike Partridge, Secretary of BCSS Bromey Branch, will present  "A few days in Patagonia, Part 1", a mixture of cacti and alpines with landscapes.   There is an entry fee of £3 that includes refreshments at our 9:00 p.m. break.  Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Rebutia Group; Adromischus Subgroup; any cactus; any succulent.     May 2nd, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End Stuart Riley from Plant Life nursery will present "What’s New in our Hobby?".  He will be showing some of the plants we can expect to see available in the future..   Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Rhipsalis Group; Euphorbia Group; any cactus; any succulent.     April 4th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End Bob Potter from Woking will present "Habitats Re-visited".  Through his work, Bob travelled widely in Arabia and became interested in the fascinating succulents. Subsequently, he travelled widely across Africa to photograph succulents in habitat, including Madagascar. This presentation will review many of his past highlights.   Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Mammillaria Group; Aloe Group; any cactus; any succulent.    March 7th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End Hazel Taylor from Orpington (Chair of Bromley Branch) will present  "Cacti and Succulents in North-eastern Mexico 2015 – Part 2".  Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Coryphantha or Thelocactus Group; Othonna or Pelargonium Group; any cactus; any succulent.   February 7th, 2022   7:45 pm Hatch End At our first gathering for this year our chairman Derek Tribble will give a talk about "What's New with Gasterias". His lock-down project has been to help his South African friend, Ernst van Jaarveld, to write an updated book about these decorative compact succulents. He is going to tell us about that challenge, as well as reviewing the new discoveries, using Ernst van Jaarveld's great photos.    Please bring cacti and succulents for display in the four table show classes:  Echinocactus Group (includes Ferocactus); Gasteria Group; any cactus; any succulent.
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