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Oxford Wikimedia Meetup Number 55[edit]

Date and time: Sunday 15 October 2017. 1.00 pm onwards.[edit]

Location: The Four Candles, 51 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BE.[edit]

Attendees[edit]

Add your name to this list – by adding the line

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(a hash and four tildes) – if you can make it to our fifty-fifth meeting. Note that people of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome!

Please also invite any Oxford Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!

  1. Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 16:06, 27 September 2017 (UTC)
  2. Maproom (talk) 08:37, 3 October 2017 (UTC)
  3. Whispyhistory (talk)
  4.  ? Rodw (talk) 17:50, 10 October 2017 (UTC) - possibly. Likely to be arriving for a visit to Oxford Saturday evening by narrowboat & you don't seem to include directions for that.
    If you're on the Thames, I recommend mooring just above Osney Lock, as close as you can to The Punter, which I strongly recommend. From there walk north along the towpath (or along East Street) until you reach some steps which take you up onto Botley Road. Go up these and turn right along Botley Road and through Frideswide Square, through which you continue in the same direction, turning very slightly left into Hythe Bridge Street. Go along this until you reach a crossroads; go straight on into George Street, and after another 100 yards the Four Candles is on your right. Total distance (from The Punter), 1000 yards.
    If you're on the Oxford canal, it's easier. Moor as close as you can to the limit of navigation, and continue on the towpath to the limit. Continue another 50 yards in the same direction, turn left into Hythe Bridge Street, go 100 yards to the crossroads, straight on and along George Street for 100 yards, and the Four Candles is on your right. Maproom (talk) 13:46, 11 October 2017 (UTC)
  5. If everything goes as planned, I should come for a bit. − Pintoch (talk) 20:24, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
  6. RexxS (talk)

Apologies[edit]

Agenda[edit]

Informal chitchat with no set agenda.

If you have some ideas for discussion topics, please put them below.

About the meet up[edit]

The Four Candles, Oxford.

A social gathering for Wikimedia enthusiasts, where we...

  • Drink coffee and/or beer and some of us have Sunday lunch.
  • Chat about Wikipedia and any other topics we fancy.
  • Exchange books, maps and other source materials.

Mainly a casual social event. You can expect to meet some very keen Wikipedians; however, this is also an open invitation to anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects, projects re-using Wikipedia, and other collaborative wiki projects. Feel free to come along and raise these discussions over a beer. Alcohol consumption is optional.

Location[edit]

Look out for these people

The Four Candles is a Wetherspoons pub (Coordinates: 51.7534°, -1.2620°), the name based on the memorable Two Ronnies comic sketch Four Candles. Wifi and food are available.

How to spot us[edit]

A banner like this should be on our table

It's usually easy to find us, look for anyone with a laptop out or a Wikipedia T-shirt, lapel badge or similar. We aim to secure one of the two bench seats behind the stairs, but failing that we'll probably be at one of the high tables between the stairs and the entrance. Bear in mind that we could be upstairs.

Getting there[edit]

Location of The Four Candles, Oxford.

George Street is in the centre of Oxford not far from the station and very close to the bus station and (for millionaires) the Worcester Street car park.

The nearest railway station is Oxford (10 minutes walk) with frequent services from various places including: Banbury; Birmingham New Street; Didcot; London Marylebone; London Paddington; Reading; Southampton Central; and Worcester Shrub Hill.

Express coach services also run from Victoria and other points in London to central Oxford, on Route X90 and "Oxford Tube". Stay on the coach all the way to Gloucester Green, it's just across the road from The Four Candles, which you can see out of the right-hand side of the coach just as it turns into Chain Alley/Gloucester Green.

There are Park-and-Ride car parks at points around the Oxford Ring Road, served by buses along main roads into the centre, on routes 300 (Redbridge - City Centre / Pear Tree - City Centre), 400 (Seacourt - City Centre - Thornhill) and Route 500 (Water Eaton - City Centre). The nearest stops are:

  • A5 on George Street (Route 500 inwards from Water Eaton), which is almost outside the front door
  • B1 on George Street (Route 500 outwards to Water Eaton), which is right opposite
  • C2 on Magdalen Street (Route 300 outwards to Pear Tree)
  • D1 on New Road (Route 400 inwards from Seacourt, outwards to Thornhill)
  • E1 on Castle Street (Route 300 inwards from Redbridge)
  • E4 (known as County Hall) on New Road (Route 400 inwards from Thornhill, outwards to Seacourt)
  • H2 on St Aldate's (Route 300 outwards to Redbridge)
  • M1 on Castle Street (Route 400 inwards from Seacourt, outwards to Thornhill)
  • T1 on Magdalen Street East (Route 300 inwards from Pear Tree)

Stop B1 is also served by buses from Oxford railway station: routes 14/14A, 17/17A/17C from stop R4, and route 500 from stop R1.

On Sundays there is free car-parking in some streets about 1 mile from the centre, and for few pounds, a little further in. You may need to hunt for a space. Car-parking in town is almost prohibitive for any significant length of time.

Those travelling from London should use Marylebone station instead of Paddington, because of electrification work between Maidenhead and Didcot.

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