{Minutes of Meeting} February 2018

Minutes of Meeting February 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

There was a great turn out for our February meeting despite the change of day. Eight members turned up, two of which were new and we were delighted to finally welcome along Jen & Elaine who have been hoping to join us for some time now.

Jessica opened the meeting with a reading from Love From, Paddington a sweet collection of letters from Paddington Bear to his Aunt Lucy back in Peru. The letter she read was from the author Michael Bond to the reader and referred to the simple joy of a handwritten letter.

There were so many wonderful things shared during the Show & Mail part of the evening. Elaine had brought along some fabulous snail mail related books (linked below) and Eve had received some beautiful incoming mail art. Abi brought along lots of pretty papers to share and Jessica shared some fold and mail stationery by More Love Letters.

The Society had received another penpal request, which was read out and swiftly matched along with another pen pal request from the CLE Club. Only one more pal at the CLE Club remains.

This month we sent out 21 pieces of mail via Box No. 54 on Le Mont Saint and Emma was the lucky winner of the free stamp.

3 GSY, 10 UK, 3 EUR, 5 ROW

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With the exception of next month all meetings will now be held on the first Monday of every month (even if the first Monday is a bank holiday) as Mondays seem to suit the majority of members better.

Next Meeting is on Thursday, 8th March 2018.

 


 

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InCoWriMo

InCoWriMo 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

This February marks two years since I fully immersed myself in the world of snail mail. I had always been letter writer. I had my first penpal at age 7 and wrote regularly throughout my teens and early twenties, but I came to realise somewhere in my late twenties that with most of my friends now back from Uni I was sending way less post and I missed it.

This is when I started to looking for pen pals and quickly discovered my timing couldn’t have been more perfect as February is International Correspondence Writing Month – InCoWriMo for short.

Now InCoWriMo is basically a challenge to send one piece of happy post a day, every day in February.

I fully embraced this challenge back in February in 2016 and wrote with great enthusiasm to friends old and new, not for a reply, but just for the joy of writing, creating and mailing.

InCoWriMo definitely rekindled my love of letter writing and all things postal and paved the way for finding new pen pal relationships.

Now two years later I have 9 pen pals around the world and 3 existing friends whom I exchange letters with on a regular basis.

Perhaps you want to up your snail mail game this InCoWriMo? Even if a piece of post every day feels a little too much you can still take part and set your own challenge.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Send a simple postcard every day throughout February
  • Send a letter each week in February
  • Send some post to your family members who live far away
  • Write a letter to a friend you’ve lost touch with
  • Check out the letter requests on More Love Letters
  • Get creative with your mail and try something new; lettering, doodling, typing, etc.
  • Write a thank you note
  • Write letters for a charity
  • Send a care package to a friend at college
  • Join the Letter Writers Alliance and sign up for a new pen pal
  • Search Instagram for #penpalswanted
  • Start Postcrossing
  • Join us at our next letter writing social on Mon 5th, Feb.

 

A la perchoine,

Jessica

February’s Meeting

February's Meeting 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

The next letter writing social of 2018 is less than a week away and will be held on Monday 5th February, same time and place.

*Please note the change of day*

We usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month, but due to a course running in the centre during February and March we have to switch our days for these two months.

Don’t forget to bring along any snail mail related items you may like to share with the group during the “Show & Mail” part of the evening. Think inspiring incoming mail, pretty postage stamps, great stationery finds or postal related books – all will have us cooing.

If you would like to join us at our next meeting then please RSVP to let us know you’re coming by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} January 2018

Minutes of Meeting January 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our first meeting of the year took place last week and we were delighted to welcome a new member, Eve.

During the Show & Mail part of the evening Jessica showed us the vintage postcards and Guernsey stamps she received for Christmas and Tiff had brought along a beautiful stationery box, available locally at Indica.

We were also able to match up 3 pen pal requests that had come via the website. One from the UK, one from Portugal and the last from sunny California. We still have 2 members of the CLE Club to match up as well as 2 other pen pal requests that have come through via the website.

Despite lower numbers this month due to new year holidays and work commitments, we managed to send out an impressive 28 pieces of mail via Box No. 13 on Valnord Road and Abi won the free stamp.

10 GSY, 3 UK, 10 EUR, 5 ROW

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The date and venue may be different for next month’s meeting, so watch this space for an update.

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 7th February 2018.

Letter Writing Socials 2018

Dates 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Letter writing socials are the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to your handwritten correspondence, to learn more about the world of snail mail, and to help revive the dying art of letter writing.

Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned letter writer, all are welcome at our letter writing socials and we have plenty of stationery supplies to get you started. We can even help connect you with pen pals from around the world!

With the exception of January our letter writing socials will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at 19:30. January’s meeting will be held in Trinity Centre, but we’re currently in the process of finding a new venue from February, so watch this space.

If you want to find out more about our letter writing socials then please do get in touch by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com

A la perchoine,

Jessica

January’s Meeting

January 2017 Meeting | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our first letter writing social of 2018 is coming up on Wednesday, 10th January downstairs in Trinity Centre.

As usual there will be plenty of stationery supplies to share, including some new rubber stamps! Postage stamps will also be available to purchase.

We currently have 6 pen pal requests to match up. If you looking for penpals then please let me know and I’ll make sure you see our current pen pal requests; 2 from the CLE Letter Writers Club and 4 via the website.

Please also consider sending through a short bio to be added to the Pen Pal page of our site – simply your first name and a short bio will suffice – no photos, surnames or addresses needed.

If you would like to join us at our next meeting then please RSVP to save your place by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

Stats :: 2017

Stats 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Following the launch of The Guernsey Letter Writers Society in September 2017, we have gained 13 members in 4 short months and managed to squeeze in 4 letter writing socials before the year was out.

As for the stats. Well, in these 4 months of 2017 alone we sent out a whopping 128 pieces of mail to a total of 19 different countries!

These countries included:

  • Australia
  • Beligum
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • Germany
  • Guernsey
  • Indonesia
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

 

A big thank you to every single GSY LWS member for your enthusiasm and love of letters. Together we are sending a little love out into the world and helping to keep the art of letter writing alive. I look forward to sending more happy mail with you in 2018 and hope to be writing letters with you for many years to come.

The first meeting of the year is tomorrow evening, Wednesday 10th January, 19:30 at Trinity Centre. I hope to see you there.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} December 2017

Minutes of Meeting December 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

We had a great turn out for our December meeting with 9 members joining together to write letters and Christmas cards.

Jessica started off the meeting by reading a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters to Father Christmas, which was written on a St Nicholas Day nearly 80 years ago.

During the “Show & Mail” part of the evening Jessica showed a special piece of mail she was creating for a friend’s birthday by turning a simple greeting card into a mini booklet.

Another member of the CLE Letter Writers Club was matched with a penpal from the GSY LWS with another 3 CLE members, plus 2 other penpal requests via the website still waiting to be matched.

This month we sadly had to say goodbye to two members who have joined us since our very first meeting. Cerys has a new job across the pond in Jersey and Adie will soon be relocating to France! We shall miss you and wish you well in your new adventures, don’t forget to write to us!

As for the stats we sent out an impressive 46 pieces of mail via Box No. 11 in Trinity Square, right outside where we meet for our letter writing socials.

13 GSY, 19 UK, 5 EUR, 9 ROW

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Thanks to all who came along, we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.

December’s Meeting

December's Meeting 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our final letter writing social of the year is coming up on Wednesday, 6th December. We will be meeting downstairs in Trinity Centre at 19:30 for a spot of letter and Christmas card writing.

As usual we will have plenty of stationery supplies to share and postage stamps ready for purchase, but please bring along your own Christmas stamps if you are wanting to use these on your Christmas cards as we will not have any of these in stock.

We also have a few more pen pal requests from our friends at the CLE Letter Writers Club in Cleveland, Ohio as well as a couple of others that we will attempt to match up. Guernsey members, if you are wanting more penpals then please let me know and I’ll make sure you see any current pen pal requests. Please also send through a short bio to be added to the Pen Pal page of our site – no photos, surnames or addresses will be shared, simply your first name and a short bio.

If you would like to join us at our next meeting then please RSVP to save your place by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} November 2017

Minutes of Meeting November 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

November’s meeting took place on the very 1st of the month and was a great opportunity to practice some gratitude during this Thanksgiving season. We had quite a few apologies this month due to work, travel and social commitments so numbers were lower but spirits were high and the six of us did a remarkable amount of writing.

As always, Jessica started off the meeting by reading a letter, again from Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. This letter was written by US Pilot Frederic Flom on 24th February, 1973 to the popular entertainer Bob Hope to thank him for his efforts on behalf of the American Prisoners of War being held in Vietnam, of which he was one.

During our “Show & Mail” section of the evening Emma B shared with us a vintage stamp collection she had recently bought off Ebay. The stamps were a bright and varied collection and all from the beautiful island of Bermuda, Emma’s place of birth.

Jessica also passed around a mini zine that had been sent from April, the founder of the Christchurch Letter Writers Society in New Zealand. The zine is being used to advertise the upcoming launch and letter writing socials and you can follow along over on Instagram.

As for the stats, although we were fewer in number an impressive total of 33 letters were written and sent out the following day via Box No. 19 at Fairfield on Route des E’glise.

10 GSY, 7 UK, 5 EUR, 11 ROW

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Thanks to all who came along and especially to Ellis who provided lots of chocolate cake!

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 6th December 2017.