Arthurian Termcard for Michaelmas 1999

All meetings except those noted otherwise will be on Thursday nights in the Ferrar Room in Hertford College. When the Society has a speaker meeting there may be opportunities to dine the speaker, contact the committee for details. Unless otherwise stated all meetings begin at 8pm.


First Week (14th October): Introductory Meeting with Videos Ni!
King Arthur and those merry Knights of Ni!! rampage through the mythos as we start a new academic year with an old favourite Ni!!: Monty Python and the Holy Grail; bring your own coconuts Ni! Wom !!

Second Week (Friday 22nd October): Cultural Meeting
Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath" at the Pegasus Theatre, tickets 4. Show starts Xpm (Magdalen Road, take the Iffley Road Buses #3 or #4 and ask for the Magdalen Arms stop, or cycle down Iffley Rd and turn left at the pub)

Third Week : Two Meetings Week
Thursday 28th October: Pub meeting
Saturday 30th October: Mini-Pilgrimage to Winchester
The Society will make a visit to this ancient town, home of the Round Table (its only a model!) and many interesting sites (and pubs). Full details to follow, nearer the time.

Fourth Week (Friday 5th November): Joint Samhain/Bonfire Party with Taruithorn (Oxford Tolkien Society)
Details of venue to be announced in due course.
"Look you promised not to carry matches or sheep into the Bod. so sparklers & roman candles are out too!"

Fifth Week (11th November): Speaker Meeting
Chris Gidlow (late of the Tower of London) will talk on the subject of "The Fiction and Reality of Life in Arthurian Times"

Saturday & Sunday 13th & 14th November
Re-enactors Fayre: (Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Pegasus Road, Blackbird Leys) A whole bunch of us will be going to this as its a major source of costume ideas materials for banquets & festivals, items of general historical interest and novelty, oh yeah and re-enactors.

Sixth Week (18th November): Banquet Preparation Night
Not sure of how to make a cloak from a blanket ? Nervous about dressing up ? This evening is for those who wish to, but never have before. See how good you can look, borrow ideas, tips, materials or even clothes. Or just sit and natter while the dances ar e rehearsed.

Saturday 20th November: The Annual Arthurian Banquet
Medieval style food, entertainments, costumes and dancing.
Full details to follow on a separate flyer.
Meet at 7pm for 7.30 in the Dining Hall, Holywell Manor (Balliol's Graduate Centre) on the corner of Manor Road and St Cross Road, opposite the English, Law and Economics Faculty (ie the vaguely mediaeval place!)

Seventh Week (25th November): Speaker meeting
Dr Paul Russell will address the society on the theme of "The Linguistic Origins and Historical Connections of the Name Arthur"

Eighth Week (2nd December): Yule Party
Come join the merry throng at our term and year-end gathering. mince pies, mulled wine, quaffing and storytelling, to amuse all and sundry