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The Shows Committee is responsible for all matters relating to the exhibiting, showing and judging of cacti and other succulents and has nine members, all of whom must be fully qualified judges.

Elections to the Committee are held annually at the Annual General Meeting of the BCSS and, although there is no limit to the number of terms which may be served, members must seek re-election every three years. The Committee elects from within its number a Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, an Assistant Secretary responsible for the sale and distribution of show awards and stationery, and a Representative on the Board of Trustees.

The current members of the Committee are:

The Committee manages an annual two day residential Judge's Course normally during the first weekend in September, incorporating within this a series of lectures related to showing and judging, trial judging for beginners, and a Judging Test in two parts for those aspiring to become approved judges of cacti and other succulents.

The Committee maintains the Society`s database of judges and produces an "Official List of Show Judges" which is updated annually. All members passing the Judging Tests are placed on the list for five years, after which they must re-pass the tests if they wish to retain their qualifications.

The Committee publishes and updates as necessary the judges 'bible', the Handbook of Shows, copies of which may be purchased from our shop or from the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Every four years the Committee organises the Society`s National Show, details of which can be found here.

Advice for members or branches involved in the organisation of competitive and non-competitive shows and exhibitions is available in the Committee`s publication "Organising Exhibitions and Shows".

Mike Stansbie. February 2012.