British Cactus and Succulent Society

President: Graham Charles

Chairman: Ian Thwaites

Hon Secretary: Vanessa Ridge

Northampton & Milton Keynes Branch, Zone 6

We are a local branch of the National Society with members from west Northamptonshire, Bedford and the Milton Keynes area.

We hold monthly meetings in Northampton and Milton Keynes, with guest speakers, presentations, quizzes, demonstrations, shows, open days at members’ collections and other social events.

Our Branch and its members also participate in events organised by Zone 6 (the South Midlands zone of the Society), as well as National Society events.

We sometimes offer plants for sale at meetings, and there is an extensive lending library with a wide selection of books and journals available for Branch members.

Members of other branches of the BCSS and visitors are welcome at our meetings.

We hope that you will read this web page and make contact with others in the area who are interested in growing cacti and other succulent plants.

Meetings are held on the first Friday of most months

starting at 7.15 pm, at either:

Abington Community Centre,

Wheatfield Road South,


NN3 2HH (see Google map)




Woolstone Community Centre

Mill Lane,


Milton Keynes 

MK15 0AJ (see Google map)

(Satnav Users: search for "Woolstone Preschool"

rather than using the postcode!)

For further information about the Branch or its activities, please contact the Branch Co-Ordinator:

Mrs. Tina Wardhaugh:

Tel: 07732 544413


The webmaster for this site is Trev:


The Branch Committee has provisionally organised some events for later in the year. Further details will be emailed to Branch members closer to the dates arranged.

Obviously these events will be dependent on the restrictions and guidelines in place at the time!


Sunday 20th June N'pton Open Day at Trevor Wray's Collection
Sat 26th June Online BCSS AGM: Starts at 2:00 P.M.
Sunday 4th July MK Auction of David Kirkbright's Collection
Sunday 18th July MK Open Day at Tina Wardhaugh's Collection
6th August MK National Highlights & Around the Shows Trevor Wray
28-29th August Manchester BCSS CactusWorld LIVE
3rd September MK In My Greenhouse Today John Watmough
1st October N'pton Baja Mexico Ian Woolnough
5th November N'pton South African Gems Martin Edwards
3rd December N'pton Branch AGM and Social, with refreshments and diversions  

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