{Minutes of Meeting} April 2019

Minutes of Meeting April 2019 | The Open Home

It was a quiet evening of letter writing this April with only 4 members writing letters.

The meeting was opened with by reading a letter from Abi, a much missed member of our writing group who is currently on maternity leave.

For the Show & Mail part of the evening Marike showed off a beautiful peacock feather she received with some post from South Africa and Jessica explained she will be doing an order of rubber stamps for those who would like to have their own postmark stamp to use at home. Please contact Jessica if you’re interested in having one.

Between the four of us 8 pieces of mail were completed and sent off to 6 different destinations including Canada, Latvia, New Zealand, the UK, the US and of course, Guernsey and all via Box No. 11 in Trinity Square.

1 GSY, 2 UK, 1 EUR, 5 ROW

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Next meeting is on Monday, 6th May 2019

{Minutes of Meeting} March 2019

Minutes of Meeting March 2019 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

There was a great turn out for our March meeting with 10 members present.

The meeting was opened with a reading from Postcard Stories, by Jan Carson. The book is a collection of the short stories she wrote on her daily postcards in 2015.

For the Show & Mail part of the evening Jessica showed off some vintage postcards she had received from her in-laws. Marike opened a letter from some young family members which contained some cute Harry Potter legos, we were all delighted!

A few pen pal requests were read out from across the globe and one match was made with a penpal in the U.S.

Our outgoing mail wasn’t so high this month but there were some wonderfully thick envelopes containing lots of long letters. In total 13 pieces of mail were sent out to 6 different countries this month and all via Box. No. 50 on Route des Monts, next to Delancey Park. The breakdown was as follows:

6 GSY, 3 UK, 4 EUR, 0 ROW

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Next meeting is on Monday, 1st April 2019.

{Minutes of Meeting} February 2019

Minutes of Meeting February 2019 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

We were delighted to welcome along two new members to our February meeting and in total nine of us gathered this InCoWriMo to put pen to paper and help keep letters alive.

The meeting was opened with a reading from Letters of Note, a sweet letter from a little girl to Abraham Lincoln during his presidency campaign which resulted in him growing his “whiskers” just for her.

For the Show & Mail part of the evening Jessica showed off a postcard set available form the gift shop at the Guernsey Museum & Art Gallery containing all retro British wartime posters. She also had received an heirloom gift from her father-in-law, a postal order he received as a baby but never cashed.

A few pen pal requests were read out and three were matched up all fellow letter writers from the USA.

In total 22 pieces of mail were sent out to 9 different countries this month and all via Box. No. 150 in Fort George, St Peter Port. The breakdown was as follows:

6 GSY, 4 UK, 3 EUR, 9 ROW

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Next meeting is on Monday, 4th March 2019.

{Minutes of Meeting} January 2019

Minutes of Meeting January 2019 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Five of us gathered to welcome in the new year with letters and despite the lower number, it was a really fun evening.

The meeting was opened with a reading from Seven Little Postmen by Margaret Wise Brown. A sweet children’s book that gives a glimpse into the inner workings of the postal service by following a little boys letter to his grandmother.

There wasn’t too much to show off at this month’s Show & Mail, just a few belated Christmas greetings from other letter writing groups.

We still have a large pile of pen pal requests so if any members are looking for new pals to write to then please speak with Jessica.

A total of 19 pieces of mail were sent out to 10 different countries this month and all via Box. No. 143 on Richmond Avenue in St Peter Port. The breakdown was as follows:

7 GSY, 0 UK, 6 EUR, 6 ROW

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Next meeting is on Monday, 4th February 2019.

{Minutes of Meeting} December 2018

Minutes of Meeting December 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Eight of us gathered together for the last letter writing social of the year and we were particularly delighted to welcome a new member to the group.

The meeting was opened with a reading from How Winston Delivered Christmas, a sweet daily read for the advent season with some cute postal themes.

There was lots to discuss during the Show and Mail part of the evening with some items rolled over from November’s meeting. To start with there were lots of greetings from around the world to share and a generous gift of Guernsey stamps from the lovely Suzanne at @artstamped.

Next Elaine impressed us with her festive scented envelopes and also recommend The Lost Letters of William Woolf.

Jessica then passed around the stamp collection she has inherited from her father and showed off some beautiful incoming mail by her talented penpal, @stamp_stamp_washi, including a handmade paper advent calendar full of stationery.

Next Marike highlighted the recent St Peter Port Lifeboat Stamp Appeal. If you’re looking for a worth cause to pass your used stamps onto then please consider the life saving work of the RNLI.

And finally Jen invited members to join her in sending letters to a sweet Guernsey girl who will be spending Christmas at a hospital in the UK. In total 8 pieces of happy mail were sent out to her this evening and an email will be sent to the regular members not present to encourage them to send some more wishes her way.

We set a record this month with a total of 42 pieces of mail sent out to 5 different countries from Box. No. 89 on Fort Road. The breakdown of the outgoing mail is as follows:

11 GSY, 20 UK, 3 EUR, 8 ROW

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Next meeting is on Monday, 7th January 2019.

{Minutes of Meeting} November 2018

Minutes of Meeting November 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Despite Jessica being unwell and able to host and despite our November meeting being on Bonfire Night, ten lovely ladies gathered at Trinity Centre to write the night away, including one new member.

A big thank you to Emma who stepped up to host in Jessica’s absence and a big thank you to everyone who surprised her with get well mail, your well wishes were greatly appreciated.

So a total of 26 pieces of mail were sent out this month to 8 different countries from Box. No. 148 on Rue du Braye down by L’Eree slipway. The breakdown of the outgoing mail is as follows:

12 GSY, 6 UK, 3 EUR, 5 ROW

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Next Meeting is on Monday, 3rd December 2018.

{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.