{Minutes of Meeting} June 2018

Minutes of Meeting June 2018 | The Guernsey Letter Writers Society

A whopping 10 members (plus a baby!) were present for June’s meeting of the Letter Writers Society.

Jessica opened the meeting with a reading from Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel, entitled The Letter. A charming story in which Frog sends a letter to his friend Toad to cheer him up.

There was lots to show off during the Show & Mail part of the evening this month. Abi’s daughter had sent a letter to the Queen a few months back and Abi shared the response with us. Emma G had purchased her first collection of stamps and is fast becoming a philatelist. Jessica shared a book recommendation, an epistolary novel called “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” (soon to be turned into a movie!) and available at the local library. She also shared a picture drawn by her daughter full of envelopes with wax seals and had brought along her collection of seals for members to have fun with.

There was also a lovely selection of letter writing stationery available this month thanks to the very generous @penpaling_paula who gifted us with some free samples from her Etsy shop, which you can check out {HERE}.

Valerie was matched with her first official pen pal all the way in Russia and we still have 8 pen pal requests waiting for a match. If any members are looking for new pals then please speak to Jessica who will share the requests with you directly.

In total 13 pieces of mail were sent out this month, our lowest number yet, but when you consider most members concentrated on long letters not to mention all the chatter, it was a very productive (and fun!) evening.

The beauty of a postbox used month was Box No. 116 and can be found at Guernsey Airport and Emma B is the lucky winner of the free stamp.

0 GSY, 7 UK, 1 EUR, 5 ROW

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Next Meeting is on Monday, 2nd July 2018.

June’s Meeting

June's Meeting 2018 | The Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our June meeting is less than a week away. We’ll be meeting in the centre as usual, only difference is this time we’ll be meeting upstairs in Room 3 as there is another event using the downstairs of the centre.

This month I will try to remember to be bring along my wax seals for members to try as I forgot to do so last month!

We still have 6 penpal requests to match up so if you’re open to new pals then please let me know and please check out the requests at the meeting. Members may also like to consider writing a short bio to put up on the sites penpal page if they’re currently open to new pals.

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.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} May 2018

Minutes of Meeting May 2018 | The Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Six members were present for this months meeting and the evening was opened with a reading from Letters of Note, a letter from Clementine Churchill to her husband Winston Churchill.

During our Show & Mail part of the evening Jessica showed off a beautiful piece of folding mail art from her pen pal in Hawaii as well as some vintage postage stamps she bought from a local antique store, the seller of which will be attending a future LWS meeting.

We received lots of pen pals requests during National Letter Writing Month and these were handed round during the meeting. Marike and Tiff both found new pen pals, but 6 pen pal requests remain, mainly from the U.S. but other requests from England and Russia. If any members are looking for new pen pals then please speak to Jessica who will share the requests with you directly.

In total 16 pieces of mail were sent out this month, which is a lot less than in previous months, but members were very studious this month dedicating their time to longer letters. It’s about quality not quantity after all.

The postbox used this month was Box No. 1 found at the top of The Grange and Marike was the winner of this months free stamp!

6 GSY, 4 UK, 1 EUR, 5 ROW

Minutes of Meeting May 2018 | The Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Next Meeting is on Monday, 4th June 2018.

May’s Meeting

May's Meeting 2018 | The Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our May meeting will continue to be held on the first Monday of the month despite the first Monday being a bank holiday, so please do join us if you’re free.

This month I will be bringing along some of my wax seals for members to try as well as some really inspiring mail art from Hawaii.

We also currently have 6 penpal requests to match up so if you’re open to new pals then please let me know and please check out the requests at the meeting. Members may also like to consider writing a short bio to put up on the sites penpal page if they’re currently open to new pals.

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.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} April 2018

Minutes of Meeting April 2018 | The Guernsey Letter Writers Society

The meeting was opened with a reading from The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, in honour of the movie adaptation of the book which is being released on the 20th of this month.

During our Show & Mail part of the evening Elaine shared with us some beautifully embossed envelopes that her pen pal generously sent for the Society to use.

There were also a couple of letters and swap requests that Abi and Jen responded to and we also currently have 4 pen pal requests waiting to be matched.

This month we sent out 24 pieces of mail via Box No. 154 at Market Steps and Abi was the lucky winner of the free stamp.

5 GSY, 4 UK, 6 EUR, 9 ROW

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Next Meeting is on Monday, 7th May 2018.

April’s Meeting

April's Meeting 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Firstly, apologies for the last minute cancellation of March’s meeting and thank you for your well wishes and understanding. I am now fully recovered and especially looking forward to our April meet up as it will have been 8 weeks since our last gathering.

I am aware that the first Monday of April is in fact a bank holiday, but I am happy to continue hosting it for those of you who are free and keen to fit in some letter writing.

As we didn’t get a chance last month we will attempt to make our own envelopes this month and I’m sure you’ll be excited to see some of the newly released postage stamps that I now have in stock.

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.

I look forward to seeing you on Easter Monday at Trinity Centre.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

March’s Meeting

March's Meeting 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our next letter writing social will take place next week on Thursday, 8th March – please note the change of day this month – due to a course running in Trinity Centre we have had to switch our day.

As usual there will be plenty of stationery supplies to share and postage stamps will be available for purchase, including the newly released Year of the Dog and Wombles stamps.

This month we’ll also have a go at making our own envelopes and discuss some venue options going forward… the saga continues!

If you’re open to new penpals then please do 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 let us know you’re coming by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{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 B 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