November’s Meeting

November's Meeting 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

October will soon be at a close which means that the next meeting of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society is not far away!

We will meet as usual on the first Monday of the month which just so happens to be Bonfire Night and we may even have a few sparklers for you!

Don’t forget we also have our first Kids Letter Writing Social coming up this Saturday and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun!

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

A la perchoine,

Jessica

Kids Letter Writing Social!

Kids LWS! | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Over the past year that we have met to write letters as a group it’s been sweet to hear from members that their little ones are eager to join in and keen to put pen to paper too.

Therefore this autumn, in honour of the first anniversary of GSY LWS and so that we can encourage a new generation of letter writers, we will be hosting our first ever letter writing social just for kids!

We will be meeting as usual in Trinity Centre but at the earlier, more child friendly time of 10:00am-11:30am. The session will mainly be aimed at primary school aged children, but older kiddos are more than welcome to come and join in and help out with the younger kids too if they want.

Amongst the usual snail mail creating that makes up the majority of every meeting there will also be a story and snack time thrown in too.

The children are welcome to bring along their own stationery to use, but we will have plenty to share. We will also have a few names of children in need of letters around the world, just in case your child doesn’t know who to write to.

If your little one(s) would like to join us at our first ever Kids LWS then please RSVP to let us know you’re coming either by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or simply comment over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} October 2018

Minutes of Meeting October 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

We were delighted to welcome 3 new members to our October meeting, making it a grand total of 12 gathered to put pen to paper.

The meeting was opened with a reading from Letters of Note, a sweet thank you note from Roald Dahl to an imaginative 9 year old fan who had sent him a letter containing a dream.

During the Show and Mail part of the evening Jessica passed around a few letters we had received from other letter writing clubs to congratulate us on our 1st anniversary milestone. She also shared a letter from her pen pal at the CLE Club which included a vintage postcard of Sark that she had found at a paper sale in Ohio.

Three pen pal requests were also matched this evening – 1 from Ireland, 1 from Italy and  1 from the U.S.

In total 30 pieces of mail were sent out this month to 10 different countries from Box. No. 10 at Le Planque on Route de Cobo. The breakdown of the outgoing mail is as follows:

7 GSY, 9 UK, 5 EUR, 9 ROW

Minutes of Meeting October 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Next Meeting is on Monday, 5th November 2018.

{Minutes of Meeting} September 2018

Minutes of Meeting September 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

A whopping 14 members were present for the 1st anniversary of the Guernsey Letter Writers Society, including one new member and one old member who missed us so much she moved back to the island!

The meeting was opened with a reading from Letters of Note, a letter from E.B. White which contained the famous quote, “Hold on to your hat. Hold on to your hope. And wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day.”

During the show and mail part of the evening Jessica showed a sweet photo parcel that had arrived from a generous pal in Canada and there was also the most fabulous cakes to enjoy thanks to both Becky and Elaine.

In total 33 pieces of mail were sent out this month to 10 different countries from Box. No. 101 at the White Rock and this was the breakdown of the outgoing mail:

8 GSY, 13 UK, 5 EUR, 7 ROW

Minutes of Meeting September 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Next Meeting is on Monday, 1st October 2018.

September’s Meeting

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Well next week’s meeting is going to be a special one, because September marks the first anniversary of The Guernsey Letter Writers Society!

The evening will follow our usual format, but with the addition of some scrumptious cake and a stationery swap so please don’t miss out.

Members are encouraged to bring along any unwanted or surplus stationery so that we can swap it between members and all leave with some new and free stationery to stock up ready for those long and cosy evenings of autumn letter writing.

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

I look forward to seeing you next Monday.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} August 2018

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Despite the summer holidays 8 of us turned out for August’s meeting of the GSY LWS, including a new member whom we were delighted to welcome to the group.

Jessica opened the meeting with a reading from a children’s book called The Flying Postman by V.H. Drummond and kicked off the Show & Mail part of the evening by sharing some beautiful incoming mail she had received from her pen pal in South Korea.

Abi also shared an impressive craft piece she had made using an old children’s book turing it into a stationery organiser, perfect for all those little bits of paper ephemera.

In total 16 pieces of mail were sent out this month to 7 different countries from Box. No. 9 near Cambridge Park and Les Cotils. This was the breakdown of the outgoing mail:

5 GSY, 6 UK, 2 EUR, 3 ROW

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Next Meeting is on Monday, 3rd September 2018.

{Minutes of Meeting} July 2018

Minutes of Meeting July 2018 | The Open Home

It was another great turn out for July’s letter writing social, with 9 members carving out time to put pen to paper.

Jessica opened the meeting with a reading from a letter she received from one of her very own pen pals, a short but witty excerpt regarding the neighbours elderly dog!

There was lots to share during the Show & Mail part of the evening this month.

Tiff shared about a postcard exchange that is happening between the Guille Allez Library and Plymouth Library in Massachusetts, USA who are celebrating the launch of The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society movie. They’d welcome postcards from anyone who wants to get involved. To take part you simply fill in a postcard or two with family stories from the occupation or stories from current day life in Guernsey and drop thm off at the Guille Allez Library by the end of July.

Elaine shared a sweet story about an unknown and incredibly kind postman who on recognising her Father’s pet name on some accidentally unaddressed postcards, stuffed them in an envelope and forwarded them on himself! Best. Postie. Ever!

And finally Jessica shared some parcel packaging that had not only been painted beautifully by a friend, but included some vintage wax seals, the seals of which had belonged to her grandfather-in-law who went missing in action during World War One.

In total 17 pieces of mail were sent out this month to 9 different countries, including our ever first piece of mail to Japan!

The pretty postbox used was Box No. 42 on Rue du Putron, not far from the cliff path to Fermain Bay. Marike may be new to the island but she already has a an impressive knowledge of postboxes, bagging her second win of the the free stamp – congratulations!

2 GSY, 4 UK, 5 EUR, 6 ROW

Minutes of Meeting July 2018 | The Open Home

Next Meeting is on Monday, 6th August 2018.

July’s Meeting

July's Meeting 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our July meeting is less than a week away and as usual we’ll be meeting in Trinity Centre, this time back downstairs as normal.

We now have 9 penpal requests waiting to be matched, mostly from people in the U.S and UK, so if you’re open to new pals then please let me know and please check out the requests at the meeting.

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

I look forward to seeing you next Monday.

A la perchoine,

Jessica