{Minutes of Meeting} October 2017

Minutes of Meeting October 2017 | The Open Home

The second instalment of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society took place on Wednesday evening, 4th October 2017, down in Trinity Centre. Ten of us gathered to share our love of handwritten correspondence, four of whom were new members.

Jessica kicked off the meeting with a reading from Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

During the “Show & Mail” part of the evening Adie shared with us a beautiful flamingo subscription box by Lucky Lobster that can be found locally at Indica. Emma G shared with us an excerpt from a letter from her penpal in Indonesia, which highlighted the benefits of corresponding with people who are trying to improve their English.

Then came the grand opening of the package from The CLE Letter Writers Club. 7 letters were enclosed and all 7 were matched with a Guernsey letter writer during the meeting!

Jessica later recommended The Postman’s Knock for those wanting to learn calligraphy and the Pentel Fude Touch pens and Fabre Castell Pitt Artist Pens for those looking to practice their lettering.

As for the stats, a total of 27 letters were written and sent out the following day via Box No. 01 on Union Street, which also happens to be the only red postbox in Guernsey and the oldest working postbox in Britain, dating back to 1852!

7 GSY, 7 UK, 5 EUR, 8 ROW

Minutes of Meeting October 2017 | The Open Home

Thanks to all who came along and especially to Emma B who made the most amazing chocolate cinnamon rolls!

Oh and congratulations to Tiff who was the winner of our “Where’s the post box?” game over on Instagram, you can claim your free stamp at the next meeting.

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 1st November 2017.

October’s Meeting

October's Meeting 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

A week today we will be meeting for our next letter writing social. We had such a fabulous evening at the last meeting, we do hope you’ll join us at the next one!

You’ll find us downstairs in Trinity Centre, Trinity Square on Wednesday 4th October at 19:30. Please don’t be shy, do come along and bring a friend too! You’re welcome to bring along your own stationery, but there will be plenty of supplies to get you started as well as lots of new custom rubber stamps, made specially for the Guernsey Letter Writers Society!

You’ll even be able to buy postage stamps at this meeting, our little stamp box is now fully stocked, so don’t forget your pennies!

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

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} September 2017

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The inaugural meeting of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society took place on Wednesday evening, 6th September 2017, down in Trinity Centre. Nine people gathered to celebrate the launch and put pen to paper.

During our “Show & Mail” part of the evening Jessica shared a passage from the introduction to Messages from the Sea as well as a card from her penpal in Texas who sent a wonderful collection of paper ephemera for the group to use.

Emma B suggested that a selection of postage stamps be made available at future meetings for members to purchase and Jessica will arrange this ready for next months gathering.

Adie asked the all important question that most letter writers ask at the start of their journey, “How do you get started?” Links to pen pal forums can be found on under the Links section of the website, but the Letter Writers Alliance and Postcrossing were recommended as the best places to start. Jessica is also hoping to make connections with other letter writing clubs around the world so as to match members with pen pals and conversations have already been started with The CLE Letter Writers Club, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The venue predicament was also discussed and as most members prefer an evening gathering we will at present continue to meet on the 1st Wednesday evening of each month, downstairs in Trinity Centre.

As for the stats, a total of 22 letters were written and sent out the following day via Box No. 95 opposite the Rue du Douit du Moulin at Rocquaine.

6 GSY, 6 UK, 3 EUR, 7 ROW

Minutes of Meeting September 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Thanks to all who came along and to those on Instagram who joined in the “Where’s the post box?” game.

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 4th October 2017.

Inaugural Meeting

Inaugural Meeting | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Just a reminder that the inaugural meeting of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society is coming up this Wednesday.

Please note the change of venue and time. Living on a small island has lots of plus points, but finding a suitable cafe for an evening of letter writing is not one of them!

We will now be meeting at Trinity Centre in Trinity Square at 19:30. Parking can usually be found in the surrounding streets or just up the road at Frossard House, a 5 minute walk away.

I can’t wait to meet you all and celebrate the start of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society together!

A la perchoine,

Jessica

What supplies do you need to bring?

What supplies do I need to bring? | Guernsey Letter Writers

So you want to come to our monthly letter writing socials, but you’re wondering what supplies you need to bring along with you.

Well the short answer is that as we will have a small selection of supplies available at each meeting all you really need to bring with you is postage stamps.

The long answer would go on to tell you that our stationery stash will include a small selection of postcards, writing paper and envelopes to choose from meaning even the complete newbie will have the basics they need to get started. And for those of you who like to get creative with your mail art there will also be fancy pens, stickers and washi tape at the ready.

So we have the basics covered, but would encourage you to bring along your own personal favourites and go-to stationery items.

For me this includes my pencil case full of all my preferred writing and lettering pens as well as my wooden tool box which contains all my go-to washi tapes and a small selection of snail mail themed rubber stamps.

I also plan to think ahead about whom I want to write to so that I can pick out cards and paper from my own personal stash before coming along to the meeting. That way I will be ready to just get on with the writing, which is really the most important bit.

So back to the short answer, if all you remember to bring to the meeting are your postage stamps then rest assured that you will still be set for a productive evening of letter writing. Oh! and if it’s your first meeting then your first stamp is on me anyway!

A la perchoine,

Jessica

What is a Letter Writing Social?

What is a Letter Writing Social? | GSY Letter Writers

Letter writing socials are becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. and all over the world really, but the idea may perhaps be new to many of the folk on Guernsey, so here is a little heads up of what to expect at the GSY LWS monthly meetings.

As my friend and penpal, Barb over at ritewhileucan explains, “a letter writing social is all about keeping the art of letter writing alive.” It’s a dedicated time and space for people to gather together and simply put pen to paper.

It’s a place for those veteran letter writers amongst us to do their thing, to create their art and to share their passion.

It’s a also a safe place for the complete newbie to come along and learn more about the intriguing world of snail mail.

Don’t have any supplies? That’s okay! We will have plenty of pens, paper and even cute embellishments available to get you started at your very first meeting.

Don’t have anyone to write to? That’s okay too! We can assist you in finding some fabulous penpals and great causes to write to.

Our letter writing socials will be relaxed and fun and will be held on the first Wednesday of every month, from 19:00 – 21:00 at Le Gouffre Cafe, Forest. Our inaugural meeting is less than 3 weeks away now and we’d love for you to join us! To reserve your place and find out more about becoming a letter writer please email: gsyletterwriters@gmail.com

A la perchoine,

Jessica 

Letter Writing Socials Coming Soon!

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I am delighted to announce that The Guernsey Letter Writers Society will be launching in September 2017 with our inaugural meeting on Wednesday, 6th September 2017 (venue to be confirmed shortly).

Our meetings will then continue to be held on the first Wednesday of every month, 19:00-21:00.

If you would like to regularly dedicate time to your handwritten correspondence or simply learn more about the fascinating world of snail mail then these meetings are for you!

Some letter writing supplies will be provided at the meetings to help get you started, but you are encouraged to bring along your own supplies too.

To reserve your place at the first meeting of the GSY LWS then please email gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message us via Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica