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Week 5: ACTING + Geek Quiz

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 8th November 2015 @ 12:14pm

Hello there everyone! Hope you've all had a fabulous week!

It's that time of the week again where I sit down to write this newsletter and think to myself: 'Why didn't I do this email on Friday?'

Anyways, it's going to be a good theme this week so I hope I'll see lots of you there, and just as a reminder to those who have not paid thier subscription charges could you please bring your moey tomorrow evening!

Additionally, this Thursday is the termly Geek quiz which I also hope to see as many of you there as possible! More info that will be below!

Hope to see you all soon,

Captain Spiller


Week 4: [Supplemetary]

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 2nd November 2015 @ 5:53pm

I have just realised that in the newsletter yesterday I have forgotten to specify the time and place our our meeting tonight!

We are meeting in the regular place of St. Johns plodge at 7:45pm today (Monday)

Also, Breaking news:

A New series of Star Trek is set to air in 2017!!!!!

Please excuse me while I go hyperventilate...

See you tonight!

Live long and prosper!


Week:4 A Very Trekky Hallowe'en/ Scary Monsters and Jumpsuit Tights

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 1st November 2015 @ 2:28pm

Hello Again everyone!

I hope you have all had a great Hallowe'en! It's been another ridiculous week so apologies for the lateness!

I'm going to have to keep this short unfortunately as I am pushed for time but I have a few notices to read out at the next meeting about Geek Quiz and a couple of other things which I think will certainly make it's way onto next week's email so don't worry if you can't make it this week!


E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 26th October 2015 @ 4:03am

Hello there everyone! 

This is your Captain coming at you, for the second time this term, from silly o' clock!

First off, thank you to everyone who came along to the Back To The Future event last Wednesday, it was a great night and I'm sure everyone who attended will agree with me!

This week's meeting will be back at St. John's; meeting at 7:45 outside the main gate!

Be warned that this week I will be turning up a little late to the meeting (shock and horror (not my choice, honestly)) but I have left the startup in the capable hands of Alastair; many thanks number 1!

In other news, I have managed to get the auditorium at Pembroke College booked for Week 8 so we can have a proper cinema experience for the end of term film!

Now, moving swiftly onto the theme....

Meeting Tonight!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 19th October 2015 @ 6:10pm

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder that there is a meeting tonight at St. John's, meeting outside the main entrance on St. Giles at 7:45.

Those who asked for tickets to the Back to the Future Event on Wednesday could you also please bring relevant cashmoney's please!

Many thanks


Week 2: An Animated Atmosphere

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Friday, 16th October 2015 @ 10:52pm

Hello there again you lovely people!

Coming at you now from Friday is this week's email about the next meeting!

I hope everyone has had a great week so far!

This week we shall be returning to the (rather excellent) DVD room at St. John's College, meeting outside the college's front entrance on St. Giles street at the same time of

Before I go on to explain this week's theme, I just want to begin with a couple of reminders for those wanting to go to the Royal Albert Hall on November 1st and the Back to the Future Party next Wednesday!


E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 12th October 2015 @ 5:59pm

Ahh so sorry to spam you all!

I just want to add, if any new members tonight cannot find us or are lost, my number is 07817788278



Another friendly reminder!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 12th October 2015 @ 5:57pm

Hey there everyone,

Just another quick heads up in a follow-up to my absurdly late email last night that the first meeting of the year is to be held...


I'm really looking forward to meeting all the new members tonight! See you outside John's front gate!

LLAP- Captain Spiller

Week 1: First Contact/ A very warm welcome! [St. John's at 7:45]

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 12th October 2015 @ 2:41am

Hello everyone!

I would like to start with a huge welcome and thank-you to all who signed up to The Oxford Star Trek Society this week! Additional thanks to Alastair, Becky and Oscar who were helping me by being the welcoming faces of the society on the stand!

A massive 101 of you signed up and so it lies to me to describe this week's first meeting and general layout of the society. I must apologise for the delay in getting this email out; it has been a super-busy week for me and it is only at this small hour I am able to send this out after adding all of you to the mailing list!

8th Week: Farewell for 2014/15 (SPACE WHALES)

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 14th June 2015 @ 11:39pm

Hello Trekkers!

It’s 8th week at last and the end of a great year with Trek Soc! We’ve had a great year with loads of good times, not to mention the double win in the Geek Quiz! This week we are finishing off with a showing of Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home as a nice way to round off the term! Come along to Pembroke at 7:45-8pm on Monday to chill out; reflect on the year, and probably listen to me regale you with details of my inevitably woeful first day of prelims!

Thanks to everyone who managed to make it to the meal last week in Pembroke Hall, it was a pleasure having you all here and it was an awesome evening of fun and terrible verbal articulation!

Sadly, however this may be the last meeting with some members ( :( )  and I will be sorry to see them go but to all the others I look forward to seeing you next year with (hopefully) a load of new freshers! Please do stop by at the freshers fair if you can and say hi to whoever is on the stand!

All the best for the summer and our best wishes to all those leaving us!


Captain Spiller

Week 7: "Heard you were Talkin' Shat"

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 8th June 2015 @ 12:51am

Hey there Trekkers!

It’s 7th week and the end of term is nearly upon us! This week the theme is celebrating the best (and worst) performances of William Shatner! Throughout The Original Series Shatner has provided some of the most scintillating performances, however the quality of which can perhaps sometimes be taken to task. Nevertheless he never fails to impress by the manner in which he displays the nature of his character’s predicaments! Suggestions will be taken for episodes which feature the most memorable of Shatner’s on-screen antics! Poll will be listed on Facebook for suggestions. Come along to Pembroke College on Monday at 7:45-8pm to find out which episodes are chosen!

As a reminder, the meal at Pembroke is on Tuesday meeting outside the college at 6:50pm not forgetting gowns, £7.30 for payment and optional bottle of wine! Look forward to seeing everyone there.
In other news which some of you may find interesting, this week Oscar and I got sent an email from a producer of BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast show which read something like this:

Hi Callum,
I’m a producer on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2.
We’re looking for someone to talk about Star Trek on tomorrow morning’s show.
Please call me on (mobile number) asap and I’ll tell you more.

As it turns out, they were looking for someone to talk about the philosophical aspects of Star Trek on the radio, unfortunately, when I called them up they had foolishly decided to cancel the idea so there was no radio appearance! I just thought I would share with you all to show how TrekSoc is actually recognised and appreciated as a source on Science fiction knowledge… that and it’s pretty cool to think someone on Radio 2 thought to look us up as a prominent voice for Star Trek!

A final reminder; those who wish to come to the concert in November please please PLEASE bring your money to the meeting on Monday or on Tuesday so I can get seats booked for everyone, will be an awesome trip, we already have a few takers so the more the merrier!


Captain Spiller

Week 6: Victory!!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 31st May 2015 @ 10:36pm

Hey there Trekkers!

I would just like to begin by giving a HUGE congratulations to the team who attended the Trinity Term Geek Quiz for an excellent turnout and performance! I am delighted to say that TrekSoc has successfully DEFENDED THEIR TITLE in such an emphatic fashion that no other team had a higher score than us throughout the course of the quiz! Not to mention that they did their captain very proud with a stunning performance on the music round! Massive congrats and thank you to all who came; I hope to see you all and more in next term’s quiz!

With regard to this week’s meeting, we are continuing on from our cliff-hanger ending last week by watching ‘Descent Part II’. This means that there is no specific theme this week other than to bask in the glory of our Geek Quiz victory! So I’m opening suggestions for just good episodes that you like! Perhaps they can contain a victory for the Federation (or any other race for that matter) in honour of our glorious achievements!

In addition, following the results of the Facebook poll, the date for the meal will be the Thursday 9th of June for Formal Hall in Pembroke. Cost for guests is £7.32 and a gown is required! Although no formal wear is necessary, you can wear your gown over normal clothes! If you could mark in your diaries to meet outside Pembroke at 18:50, we can go straight into Hall and potentially college bar afterwards!

That’s all for this week, remember we are meeting tomorrow from 7:45-8:00pm outside Pembroke College for the meeting!


Captain Spiller

Set Phasers to Quiz! Geek quiz this thursday!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Wednesday, 27th May 2015 @ 4:56pm

Hey there Guys,

I have been informed that the Geek Quiz is in fact THIS Thursday and not in 6th week as I previously thought. So for all of you who wish to come and defend our title, we will be meeting outside the usual place (Magdalen College) for 8pm on Thursday.

Please let me know if you can make it or not just to get numbers. If you wish to bring any guest helpers along, it is not only welcome, but highly encouraged!

Sorry for the short notice everyone; you needn't worry too much about the questions as I have a round saved that was unused last term!

So; this Thursday for 8 outside Magdalen!

Cpt. Spiller


Week 5: Dammit Jim! I'm a doctor, not a guest star!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 24th May 2015 @ 9:29pm

Hey there Trekkers!

This week suggestions will be taken for episodes which include a particularly memorable cameo role! There are a number of appearances from famous actors not in the usual Star Trek casts throughout the series’ span. These cameos, however; can quite deceptive and hidden so some research may be needed beforehand! Remember to come to Pembroke College between 7:45 and 8pm tomorrow evening to find out who will be making an appearance!

Just a quick reminder for those wishing to come to the Royal Albert Hall concert please remember your £36 to bring to the meeting tomorrow!


Captain Spiller

Revision to the last email!

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 18th May 2015 @ 10:23am

Hi there Terkkers,

In the last email there were a couple of mistakes, the first being that I forgot to mention that tonight's meeting is to be held at Pembroke College and that we are meeting from 7:45-8pm outside the front of college.

The second revision is to say that the concert I mentioned is held in November, not in June!

Many Apologies,

Captain Spiller



E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Sunday, 17th May 2015 @ 11:00pm

Happy 4th Week Trekkers!

‘Technobabble’ is most certainly one of the main pillars upon which Star Trek is constructed. More often than not, the way in which the atmospheric flux actuator malfunctions or indeed how phased spatial disturbance interferes with trans-warp location signals can shape the way an episode is structured. Sometimes, however; the extent to which our disbelief must be suspended is so great that one cannot but shake your head in wonder.

Suggestions this week will be taken for episodes which contain, or are constructed upon, the most ridiculous of pseudo-scientific premises. One cannot help but foresee that The Original Series will be making an appearance this week (I mean come on they glued an ice-cream cone to a dog’s head and called it an exotic creature for goodness sake). So in order to address an imbalance, I shall also allow for episodes to be suggested which contain a particularly awesome technology as well. These are encouraged to be as un-realistic as possible (for now at least) but they should definitely be something which would be awesome to have around today!

In other news, this is a friendly reminder for all who wish to come to the concert in June, please bring your £36 to the meeting tomorrow!


Captain Spiller 

Tonight's Meeting, Supplemental: Meet up at 8:00-8:15

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Monday, 11th May 2015 @ 9:52am

Hey there Trekkers,

As an update to the previous email, tonight's meeting will have to be pushed back a few minutes due to various unforseen circumstances in the musical world that require me to be somewhere else at 7:45.

So for tonight, meet up outside Pembroke from 8:00-8:15 and I should be with you to take you all to the new room!

I am terribly sorry for the short notice.


Captain Spiller


New Committee/ 3rd Week: Keeping Up With The Cardassians

E-mail sent by Callum Spiller, Saturday, 9th May 2015 @ 4:26am

Greetings Trekkers!

As you may have heard, a rather important election has taken place this week… that’s right! The annual TrekSoc elections are now over and a new committee has been installed!

I would firstly like to introduce myself, Callum Spiller, as your new Captain along with Alastair Graham who will be our new First Officer. Additionally, since there were no candidates put forward, it is my knowledge that Nathan Donaldson will be reprising his role as Technical Officer this year. I think it goes without saying that the outgoing committee have done a cracking job and so I would like to thank Oscar and Anthony for last year’s meetings and activities; it was a real blast and I hope we can adequately fill the bridge seats that have been left to us!

With a new committee however, there is going to be a change of location for the meetings. Now, just like last year, meetings will be held on Mondays with a rendezvous between 7:45 and 8pm outside college. However, we will now be meeting at PEMBROKE COLLEGE! I shall attach a PDF of the exact location of Pembroke, but for those wanting a short description, Pembroke is on St. Aldate’s Street near G+D’s. To find it you will need to go down the street directly opposite to Christ Church College’s Tom Tower, past St Aldate’s Church and the college entrance should be directly ahead. The entrance should be quite visible at the moment due to the fact the porter’s lodge is undergoing renovation and there is currently a large yellow skip out the front which should be a good marker for trying to find the college! I will be waiting outside of the lodge at 7:45 and once it gets to 8pm we can head inside to our lovely new room!

So for 3rd week, the theme for our meeting is entitled ‘Keeping up with the Cardassians’! In honour of this somewhat enigmatic race who are probably best known for their hostile role in Deep Space 9, suggestions will be taken for your favourite episodes featuring Cardassians. Do you want to see them at their warmongering best as members of the Dominion? Or perhaps you might want to see an alternate perspective on them; showing that they aren’t just some angst-ridden spoon-heads from Cardassia Prime?! Make sure you come along this week to vote on the episodes you think will show them off the best!

Now this email is being sent a bit earlier than in the usual schedule but this is because I wanted to draw your attention to an exciting event happening this November. As a Music student it is, of course, my duty to keep up with new music events and I just happened to notice that an Orchestra are coming to London’s Royal Albert Hall to put on an Audio-Visual concert of purely Star Trek music! More details can be found here:

Now, I can guarantee that I will be going to this event as these Cine-Concerts are seriously, seriously, awesome. However, I thought it would be really cool if we could all go as a group if anyone else was interested in going. The concert is held on Sunday the 1st November in 4th week, Michaelmas, at 7:30 in London. If anyone else is interested, just send me a message or indeed, put a comment below on the Facebook post. However, if we are to sit together, I will need to book this sooner rather than later before seats sell out! So if you want to come, you will need to bring along £36 for the ticket at the next meeting so I can buy them as a group. If you want to do this as a bank transfer I can also accommodate that if you send me a message. Just remember to state your interest so I get the numbers of who and who doesn’t want to come!

Okay I think that’s it for this email, sorry it is such a long one but there was a lot of info to get through; I promise they won’t be so long-winded in the future!

To close, I’m super-excited about this year at TrekSoc and hope I can help in making it as fun for everyone else as it was for me in the previous two terms I have been here!


Captain Spiller

Outgoing Committee favourites and Voting!

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 3rd May 2015 @ 12:24pm

Hey there Trekkers!

I’m sad to say that this will be my last email to you all as Captain. It feels like no time at all since I took up this post, and it’s been great fun! Thanks to you all from me and Nathan and Anthony for being such a good society this year, we all had a blast! Last meeting of term will be usual time and place, outside Jesus College main gates tomorrow at 7.45, and we’ll be watching some of our favourite episodes! Hope to see you there!

So, to replace us, we need a new committee! We’ve had a few nominations, and voting will happen for all three positions tomorrow! There’ll be plenty on it at the meeting, but if you’re not going to be there, you can still run, just send me an email with the details of which position you’d like to apply for. There’s Captain, Technical Officer and First Officer available!


Captain Oscar

Week 1: Battle of the Captains, Picard Week

E-mail sent by Oscar Acton, Sunday, 26th April 2015 @ 12:33am

Hey there, Trekkers!

Welcome back everyone, I hope you all had a good vac! Trinity term can be a tough one, and I know that many of you will have various sorts of exams and such coming up. So what better way to chill out after a hard day’s work than by watching a bit of Trek! This week we’ll finish what we started last term, and give Picard his shot at the Best Captain title. Then we’ll vote to see who our overall favourite is! Meet is same time and place as usual, outside the Jesus College Main Gates at 7.45pm this Monday for an 8pm start. Come along even if you haven’t before- can’t wait to see you all there!

Also, it’s coming round to that time of year where we will need to elect a new committee! We’ll need people to fill the roles that Anthony, Nathan and I currently fill; that’s First Officer, Technology Officer and Captain respectively. Job descriptions can be obtained by chatting to any of us, and you can email me with any questions. We’ll try and hold the elections in the 2nd week meeting, but it is liable to change depending on numbers.


Captain Oscar

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