December London Meeting: Saturday 1 December 2018

 Saturday December 1st: Howard Smith – Herbert Tourtel and Rupert the Bear.

On November 8, 1920, one of the most enduring and well-loved children’s characters in British fiction made his first appearance in the Daily Express. The then news editor of the Express, Guernseyman Herbert Tourtel, was approached with the task of producing a new comic strip to rival those of the Mail and Mirror and immediately thought of his wife Mary, already an established author and artist.

Venue: Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Street London W2 1RL (nearest station Paddington).

Time: 12.15pm for pub lunch followed by talk.

No advance notice necessary.

November London Meeting: Saturday 17 November 2018

 Saturday November 17th: Anne Allen – The Guernsey Novels. Anne Allen lives by the sea in Devon but spent 14 years living in Guernsey. She is now an award-winning novelist and has published six novels in the Guernsey Novels series.

Meet at Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Street London W2 1RL (nearest station Paddington)

Time: 12.15pm for a pub lunch followed by Anne’s talk.

No advance notice necessary.

Next London Meeting: 75th Anniversary Lunch

The Society’s 75th Anniversary lunch – with our President, the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas, as our Guest of Honour.

Reserve your place by sending a cheque for £40 to Keith Le Page (see The Review for details) to cover the meal and welcome drink. We hope that members will take this opportunity to hear from the Bailiff about what’s been happening recently in Guernsey.

Date: Saturday 15th September

Time: 12:15

Venue: Kensington Place Restaurant, 201-209 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LX.

The Summer Review is out now!

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The latest edition of The Review contains the usual range of articles about Guernsey past and present – including a portrait of the artist William Caparne by Jane Mosse, the story of a tragic plane crash in Lincolnshire which killed a promising Guernsey pilot, Bernard Guille, by his nephew Brian Le Masurier and an article on the support provided to the Society by De La Rue in its early years.

The ‘Guernsey Around the World’ feature comes from Wyoming, where David Le Conte recently witnessed the solar eclipse. There is also news of efforts to restore Saints Bay Loophole Tower, with a surprising connection to the family of Sir Donald Banks, founder of the Guernsey Society – and our Hollywood correspondent reports on the Potato Peel Fever that hit the island in April.

There is news of our recent success at the 2018 Boules Muratti against the Jersey Society – and instructions on how to receive your copy of The Review electronically.

All in addition to the usual Book Reviews, Island News and details of our forthcoming meetings in London and Guernsey.

The Review is sent free to members three times a year.

Next London Meeting: AGM and talk ‘A Life in Crime’ by Cherry McMillen, 19 May 2018

 We’re delighted to welcome Guernsey magistrate Cherry McMillen to tell us about her personal ‘life in crime’. Cherry McMillen was recruited to the Royal Court in Guernsey in 2004 and was promoted to Lieutenant Bailiff in 2005. In 2009, she was appointed as a Judge of the Magistrates Court. Added bonus – this will get you away from a certain royal wedding event.

Venue: Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Steet London W2 1RL (nearest tube Paddington)

Date: 19 May 2018, Time: 12.15pm.

The Spring 2018 Review is out now

This year marks the 75th Anniversary for the Guernsey Society – and our first edition of The Review includes details of our republication of “Guernsey Under German Rule” by Ralph Durand – the first account of the occupation published by the society in 1946. We also look forward to our celebratory lunch in September with our special guest, Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey and President of the Guernsey Society.

Our first Review of the year includes a broad selection of articles – including New Zealand member Bridget Bridle’s account of her long-lost sister, Bruce Parker’s story of an acclaimed Victorian Guernsey daffodil grower, Michael Paul’s account of an aeronautical American cousin and Susan Ilie’s tour of the Lost Chapels of St Sampsons.

We also include the Eisteddfod-winning entry to the Guernsey Society trophy for Local Poetry – ‘The Little Aunts’ by Sarah Conlan. Our tour of Guernsey place-names around the world arrives at Guernsey Way in Herne Hill in South-East London, and we reveal a surprising early connection between the island and the John Lewis partnership – predating the arrival of Waitrose by 160 years.

As usual, we also include a summary of the latest Island News, Society News and a selection of book reviews.

The Review is published three times a year and is sent free to members around the world.


Book Launch: Guernsey Under German Rule, 5 April 2018

You are cordially invited to a book launch for “Guernsey Under German Rule” by Ralph Durand.

As former librarian of the Priaulx Library, it seems particularly appropriate to hold it in the Priaulx Library during the Heritage Festival.

Come along and learn more about the man behind the first official book about the occupation.

Thursday 5 April, 6pm at the Priaulx Library – all welcome!

You can find out more about the book on our Guernsey Under German Rule page.

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Society republishes “Guernsey Under German Rule”

Guernsey Under German RuleThe Guernsey Society is pleased to announce that we are republishing “Guernsey Under German Rule” by Ralph Durand, to mark our 75th Anniversary in 2018.

Guernsey Under German Rule, originally published in 1946, was the first account of the German Occupation of this Channel Island during World War 2, written at the request of the Bailiff, Sir Victor Carey.

Its author, Ralph Durand, had lived in Guernsey throughout the occupation where he was the librarian of the Priaulx Library. He describes the main events of the five years of Nazi occupation based on first-hand experience, as well as privileged access to the minutes of the Controlling Committee. The result is an authoritative and compelling account of World War 2 in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, told by someone who had lived through it.

This second edition, with a Foreword by Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey, and a new biographical introduction by Stephen Foote, Vice Chairman of the Guernsey Society, is being published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Guernsey Society.

The Priaulx Library will be hosting a launch event on Thursday 5 April at 6pm – all welcome.

If you would like to order a copy – please visit our Guernsey Under German Rule page.

Next London Meeting, 10 March 2018 – Paul Radford on migration to the Channel Islands

Our first London meeting of 2018 will take place on 10 March. We will be welcoming family historian, Paul Radford, with his talk, The Channel Islands – a 19th century escape from the West Country: A typical family’s migration story.

Venue: Fountains Abbey, 109 Praed Steet London W2 1RL (nearest tube Paddington)

Time: 12.15pm.

London Meeting, 22 November – “On British Soil: Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands”

On Wednesday 22 November, we have arranged a special viewing for members of the Guernsey and Jersey Societies of the exhibition “On British Soil: Nazi Persecution in the Channel Islands” at the Wiener Library.

For more details of this exhibition, please see the Wiener Library website.

Venue: Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DP.

Time: 6pm.

Cost £5 including wine/nibbles. Please let Keith Le Page know if you would like to come through Contact form.



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