{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

{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