{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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{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.

Stats :: 2017

Stats 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Following the launch of The Guernsey Letter Writers Society in September 2017, we have gained 13 members in 4 short months and managed to squeeze in 4 letter writing socials before the year was out.

As for the stats. Well, in these 4 months of 2017 alone we sent out a whopping 128 pieces of mail to a total of 19 different countries!

These countries included:

  • Australia
  • Beligum
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • England
  • Germany
  • Guernsey
  • Indonesia
  • Latvia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America

 

A big thank you to every single GSY LWS member for your enthusiasm and love of letters. Together we are sending a little love out into the world and helping to keep the art of letter writing alive. I look forward to sending more happy mail with you in 2018 and hope to be writing letters with you for many years to come.

The first meeting of the year is tomorrow evening, Wednesday 10th January, 19:30 at Trinity Centre. I hope to see you there.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{Minutes of Meeting} December 2017

Minutes of Meeting December 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

We had a great turn out for our December meeting with 9 members joining together to write letters and Christmas cards.

Jessica started off the meeting by reading a letter from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Letters to Father Christmas, which was written on a St Nicholas Day nearly 80 years ago.

During the “Show & Mail” part of the evening Jessica showed a special piece of mail she was creating for a friend’s birthday by turning a simple greeting card into a mini booklet.

Another member of the CLE Letter Writers Club was matched with a penpal from the GSY LWS with another 3 CLE members, plus 2 other penpal requests via the website still waiting to be matched.

This month we sadly had to say goodbye to two members who have joined us since our very first meeting. Cerys has a new job across the pond in Jersey and Adie will soon be relocating to France! We shall miss you and wish you well in your new adventures, don’t forget to write to us!

As for the stats we sent out an impressive 46 pieces of mail via Box No. 11 in Trinity Square, right outside where we meet for our letter writing socials.

13 GSY, 19 UK, 5 EUR, 9 ROW

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Thanks to all who came along, we look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 10th January 2018.

{Minutes of Meeting} November 2017

Minutes of Meeting November 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

November’s meeting took place on the very 1st of the month and was a great opportunity to practice some gratitude during this Thanksgiving season. We had quite a few apologies this month due to work, travel and social commitments so numbers were lower but spirits were high and the six of us did a remarkable amount of writing.

As always, Jessica started off the meeting by reading a letter, again from Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience. This letter was written by US Pilot Frederic Flom on 24th February, 1973 to the popular entertainer Bob Hope to thank him for his efforts on behalf of the American Prisoners of War being held in Vietnam, of which he was one.

During our “Show & Mail” section of the evening Emma B shared with us a vintage stamp collection she had recently bought off Ebay. The stamps were a bright and varied collection and all from the beautiful island of Bermuda, Emma’s place of birth.

Jessica also passed around a mini zine that had been sent from April, the founder of the Christchurch Letter Writers Society in New Zealand. The zine is being used to advertise the upcoming launch and letter writing socials and you can follow along over on Instagram.

As for the stats, although we were fewer in number an impressive total of 33 letters were written and sent out the following day via Box No. 19 at Fairfield on Route des E’glise.

10 GSY, 7 UK, 5 EUR, 11 ROW

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Thanks to all who came along and especially to Ellis who provided lots of chocolate cake!

Next Meeting is on Wednesday, 6th December 2017.

{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.

{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.