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Oxford Wikimedia Meetup Number 85[edit]

Date and time: Sunday 15 January 2023. 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 eighty-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) 00:00, 2 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  2. On my way but won't be there until about 2. the wub "?!" 12:29, 15 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]


  1. Ritchie333 (talk) 12:29, 2 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  2. I'm interested in coming for a couple of reasons. One is that I recently wrote an article about Jarn Mound and so would like to visit it. Secondly, we recently finished watching the BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials and much of that is set in Oxford. As a bit of fun, I suggest that each attendee bring their Dæmon, interpreting that as they please. Andrew D. (talk) 16:08, 5 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  3. I should be able to make this. I'd be interested to meet up with some of those named, particularly Ritchie333 as I feel we have a lot in common. Also, it's Kings Cake time, and Paul's in Oxford do a good one (though they may have none left by the 15th). Also, His Dark Materials is one of my favourite books, so quite happy to talk about that. I should have finished the second volume of Book of Dust by the meet up. SilkTork (talk) 17:34, 5 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  4. OpenScience709 I'll pop by although I can only stay for half an hour as I'm going climbing shortly after, 17:51, 11 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]


  1. A clash with a friend's 30th unfortunately. Thryduulf (talk: meta · en.wp · wikidata) 21:06, 2 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Rodw (talk) 16:59, 3 January 2023 (UTC) - Now busy[reply]
  3. Want to come, but busy this month. Joseph2302 (talk) 09:26, 10 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  4. No car this weekend... Rich Farmbrough 14:55 10 January 2023 (GMT).
  5. Snowed under with uni work at the moment. Gazamp (talk) 01:13, 11 January 2023 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Medarduss (talk) 10:46, 15 January 2023 (UTC) - too much uni work.[reply]


Informal chitchat with no set agenda.

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

Per my entry above, I suggest a couple of topics or themes:

  1. Jarn Mound and the views of the "dreaming spires" made famous by Thyrsis.
  2. The BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials recently concluded and much of that is set in Oxford. As a bit of fun, I suggest that each attendee bring their Dæmon, interpreting that as they please.

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.


Some of these people may be present

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. The banner illustrated here is not brought every time - usually only if there are new names on the attendees list.

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; Oxford Parkway; Reading; Southampton Central; and Worcester Shrub Hill. Didcot is served by trains from various places including: Bristol Temple Meads; 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.