Letter Writing Socials 2018

Dates 2018 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Letter writing socials are the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to your handwritten correspondence, to learn more about the world of snail mail, and to help revive the dying art of letter writing.

Whether you’re a complete newbie or a seasoned letter writer, all are welcome at our letter writing socials and we have plenty of stationery supplies to get you started. We can even help connect you with pen pals from around the world!

With the exception of January our letter writing socials will be held on the first Wednesday of every month at 19:30. January’s meeting will be held in Trinity Centre, but we’re currently in the process of finding a new venue from February, so watch this space.

If you want to find out more about our letter writing socials then please do get in touch by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com

A la perchoine,

Jessica

January’s Meeting

January 2017 Meeting | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our first letter writing social of 2018 is coming up on Wednesday, 10th January downstairs in Trinity Centre.

As usual there will be plenty of stationery supplies to share, including some new rubber stamps! Postage stamps will also be available to purchase.

We currently have 6 pen pal requests to match up. If you looking for penpals then please let me know and I’ll make sure you see our current pen pal requests; 2 from the CLE Letter Writers Club and 4 via the website.

Please also consider sending through a short bio to be added to the Pen Pal page of our site – simply your first name and a short bio will suffice – no photos, surnames or addresses needed.

If you would like to join us at our next meeting then please RSVP to save your place by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

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.

December’s Meeting

December's Meeting 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Our final letter writing social of the year is coming up on Wednesday, 6th December. We will be meeting downstairs in Trinity Centre at 19:30 for a spot of letter and Christmas card writing.

As usual we will have plenty of stationery supplies to share and postage stamps ready for purchase, but please bring along your own Christmas stamps if you are wanting to use these on your Christmas cards as we will not have any of these in stock.

We also have a few more pen pal requests from our friends at the CLE Letter Writers Club in Cleveland, Ohio as well as a couple of others that we will attempt to match up. Guernsey members, if you are wanting more penpals then please let me know and I’ll make sure you see any current pen pal requests. Please also send through a short bio to be added to the Pen Pal page of our site – no photos, surnames or addresses will be shared, simply your first name and a short bio.

If you would like to join us at our next meeting then please RSVP to save your place by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{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.

November’s Meeting

November's Meeting | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

Just one week to go until our next letter writing social!

We will be meeting downstairs in Trinity Centre on Wednesday 1st November at 19:30, where we will be thinking a little about gratitude during this Thanksgiving season.

These meetings are the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to your handwritten correspondence and great place to learn more about the intriguing world of snail mail.

As usual we will have plenty of stationery supplies to share and postage stamps ready for purchase. Starting from this month there will also be some greeting cards for sale from local artist Bird & Bloom, so don’t forget your pennies!

If you would like to join us then please RSVP to save your place by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{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.

October’s Meeting

October's Meeting 2017 | Guernsey Letter Writers Society

A week today we will be meeting for our next letter writing social. We had such a fabulous evening at the last meeting, we do hope you’ll join us at the next one!

You’ll find us downstairs in Trinity Centre, Trinity Square on Wednesday 4th October at 19:30. Please don’t be shy, do come along and bring a friend too! You’re welcome to bring along your own stationery, but there will be plenty of supplies to get you started as well as lots of new custom rubber stamps, made specially for the Guernsey Letter Writers Society!

You’ll even be able to buy postage stamps at this meeting, our little stamp box is now fully stocked, so don’t forget your pennies!

If you would like to join us then please RSVP to save your place by emailing gsyletterwriters@gmail.com or message over on Instagram.

A la perchoine,

Jessica

{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.