{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 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 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