{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.

{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.

{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.

{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.

{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.

{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 B 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