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Oxford Wikimedia Meetup Number 65[edit]

Date and time: Sunday 16 September 2018. 1.00 pm onwards.[edit]

Location: The Four Candles, 51 George Street, Oxford, OX1 2BE.[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 sixty-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) 09:38, 1 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Pintoch (talk) 07:35, 6 September 2018 (UTC) − if we move to a different pub :)Reply[reply]
  3. Maproom (talk) 21:41, 12 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. I hope I will be mobile enough to make it, but realistically I don't think it likely. Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 17:50, 1 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  2. Given the unwelcome guest present at our last meeting, I'm hesitant to attend this venue again without assurances from the management that the problem has been taken care of :) Mvolz (talk) 20:40, 3 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Oooh, I'm curious now - what's the story regarding the unwelcome guest? SilkTork (talk) 12:56, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Mvolz: I have no idea what happened but I'd be very happy to help if I can - it would be great if you could come. − Pintoch (talk) 07:35, 6 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I took a picture of her... here she is. I'd be happy to come if it were at a different pub.
    Unwelcome guest at last meeting
    Mvolz (talk) 13:34, 6 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Mvolz: haha oops, that's not very welcoming indeed! @Redrose64: Why don't we try a different pub this time? There are quite a few others in the same area. I have never been to The White Rabbit for instance? − Pintoch (talk) 07:46, 10 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    One reason we pick Wetherspoon's pubs is the price of the beer - other pubs can be £1.50 per pint more expensive. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 19:23, 13 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I heard O'Neil's has a cheap pint too, though I haven't been so don't know for sure. Mvolz (talk) 16:51, 15 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Mvolz: We used the same seats, there was no evidence of the problem. --Redrose64 (talk; at English Wikipedia) 10:32, 21 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  3. I'm more interested in the food than the beer. On a previous visit for a wiki event, we had a good lunch at the King's Arms and there are other interesting possibilities that I haven't tried, like the Turf Tavern. If you go for one of these, you're more likely to persuade me to make the trip. Andrew D. (talk) 21:02, 13 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I also value food more than beer. But these famous pubs are really at the other end of the price spectrum. Maybe we can find some common ground in a decent-but-not-iconic pub? It might be a bit too late for this meetup, but maybe we can set up a poll for next time. − Pintoch (talk) 08:13, 16 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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.


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 one of these 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; London Marylebone; Oxford Parkway; and Worcester Shrub Hill. Emergency repairs to Nuneham Railway Bridge have caused the temporary closure of the railway to the south of Oxford. Whilst this is ongoing, travellers from London should use Marylebone, not Paddington. Travellers from other locations will need to be aware that rail replacement buses are in operation between Oxford and Didcot. Didcot is served by trains from various places including: Bristol Temple Meads; London Paddington; Reading; Southampton Central; and Swindon.

Express coach services also run from Victoria and other points in London to central Oxford, on the "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) and 400 (Seacourt Oxford railway station - City Centre - Thornhill). The nearest stops are:

  • A5 on George Street (Route 300 inwards from Pear Tree and outwards to Redbridge), which is almost outside the front door
  • B1 on George Street (Route 300 inwards from Redbridge and outwards to Pear Tree), which is right opposite
  • D1 on Park End Street (Route 400 inwards from Seacourt Oxford railway station, outwards to Thornhill)
  • D5 on Park End Street (Route 400 inwards from Thornhill, outwards to Seacourt Oxford railway station)
  • E5 on Castle Street (Route 400 inwards from Thornhill, outwards to Seacourt Oxford railway station)
  • M3 on Castle Street (Route 400 inwards from Seacourt Oxford railway station, outwards to Thornhill)

Stop B1 is also served by buses from Oxford railway station: route 7 from stop R5; routes 14/14A from stop R4. The same routes operate back to the railway station from stop A5.

Reconstruction of the bridge at the south end of Oxford railway station means that the eastern end of Botley Road is closed for six months from 11 April 2023. As a result, bus route 400 is running as a split service: Seacourt – Osney Island; and Oxford railway station (stop R1) – City Centre – Thornhill.

On Sundays there is car-parking from £5 in some streets about 1 mile from the centre (e.g. Norham Gardens), and for few pounds more, 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.