The Latin Society
the Latin poet, Horace
"Disce aut discede"

The Latin poet Horace, enjoying a drink (note the wine cup)

Who We Are

The Wellingborough School Latin Society was formed in 1979 to promote the study and appreciation of the Latin language and Roman culture (especially its wines).

Membership is an exclusive privilege by invitation only.

Current membership stands at five:

Peter John Ashworth Croft, M.A. (Oxon)   Magister Primis [sic]

David Andrew Waller, M.A. (Oxon), M.A. (London)   Chairman

Michael Richard George Davies, B.A. (University of Life)   Vice-Chairman a.k.a. Chairman of Vice

Robin Henderson ('Will All Be There') Badenoch, B.Sc. (Oxford Brookes)   Secretary

Alexander James Nicholls, M.A., Ph.D. (London), M.B.A. (Oxon)   Treasurer

Associate Members

Jack Blake, M.A. (Oxon) Deceased
Mrs. Rosalie Croft
Martin Croft, B.A. (Leicester)
Mrs. Michelle Davies
Gordon Flex, M.A. (Oxon) 
James Hasler, M.A. (Cantab)
Mrs. Adele Nicholls


The Latin Society meets quarterly 'home or away'. Meetings take the form of a celebratory dinner, usually followed (depending upon the amount of wine consumed) by a reading of the minutes of previous meetings and, possibly, the token translation of a piece of Latin prose or poetry.

24 April 2000: Twenty-First Anniversary Meeting and Millennium Dinner

To commemorate the 21st anniversary of the founding of the Society in May 1979, the members met at the home of the Magister Primis in Wellingborough. The occasion also celebrated the 2753rd birthday of Rome, which fell on that day. A splendid time was had by all! (A full report will follow in due course.)

The Magister declaiming The Aeneid to the assembled throng!


"The Latin Society", The Wellingburian (1980)

"Norse Gods and Mythology", The Pears Cyclopaedia 99th Edition (July 1990)

"The Classical World", "Myths of Ancient Egypt" and "Roman Britain",The Pears Cyclopaedia 103rd Edition (July 1994)

"Ancient Egypt", The Pears Cyclopaedia 104th Edition (July 1995)

The Dream of Scipio (Bennu, 1995; a translation from Cicero)

"The Birth of Civilisation", The Pears Cyclopaedia 106th Edition (July 1997)

A Treasury of Wisdom from the Bible (Lion Publishing, 2004)

Aeneas flees burning Troy, Federico Barocci, 1598 Galleria Borghese, Rome

Quotation of The Week

Per sidera iuro, per superos
Et si qua fide tellure sub ima est
Invitus, O regina, de tuo littore cessi

VERGIL, The Aeneid, Book VI

For futher information concerning the Latin Society, please contact Dr. Alex Nicholls: alex.nicholls @

Alex Nicholls