{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.