The Spring Review is out now!

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The Spring 2022 edition of The Review is on its way to members.

This edition contains themes of immigration, emigration and a conspiracy to assassinate the British Government!

Huguenots who sought refuge in the Channel Islands made their mark on the island in many ways. Jack Ozanne’s account of the de la Condamine family, shows that they made their mark not only in the Bailiwick, but also on the London stage, the Scottish wine trade, an Australian river, on the battlefields of World War 1, as well as on the Moon.

Many island families emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, and we explore the stories of two Guernsey families who made their marks on their new homes: a Guernsey poultry farmer who named a number of streets around Christchurch, New Zealand after his native island, and the Brache family whose mode of transport to their new life in Sydney made newspaper headlines.

We also explore the Guernsey connection to the Cato Street Conspiracy. In London in 1820, a gang of radical campaigners had been infiltrated by a government spy who masterminded a plot to assassinate the Cabinet. When the plot was foiled and the ringleaders were rounded up, the agent provocateur vanished. He was in fact in hiding in Guernsey, as is revealed in his secret correspondence with the Home Office.

The situation in Ukraine is of great concern across Europe, but sadly is nothing new. Victor Hugo’s 1863 appeal to Russian soldiers during their assault on Poland has eerie parallels to Ukraine today.

The usual features including book reviews, a round-up of local news and the latest plans for Society meetings are also included.

Those who have signed up for electronic copies can download them now from The Review page.

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

The Review, Winter 2021 edition is out now

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The Winter 2021 edition of The Review is on its way to members.

This edition contains articles on the history of Candie Gardens, unknown heroes of World War 2, the restoration of the former Guernsey lifeboat Sir William Arnold, and the story behind the Pilcher monument in Sark.

We also have the next in our series of articles about Guernsey’s blue plaques, and Guernsey Around the World travels to Prince Edward Island in Canada to explore Guernsey Cove.

The usual features including book reviews, a round-up of local news and the latest plans for Society meetings are also included.

Those who have signed up for electronic copies can download them now from The Review page.

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

Summer 2021 Review is on its way

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The Summer 2021 edition of The Review is on its way to members.

This edition contains articles spanning more than a millenium and circling the globe: John McCormack writes of his latest theory of the origins of a curious inscribed stone in Vale Church Cemetery with links to the Holy Grail – and local artist Mark Cook writes about his wonderful statue of Victor Hugo on a bench which was unveiled last month.

We have more tales of Alan Morris’s nineteenth-century antipodean family history, this time by way of New York; and our regular Guernsey Around the World feature goes beyond the earth’s atmosphere for the first time, and explores a Moon crater named after Guernsey-born astronomer, Warren De La Rue.

We include Yan Marquis’ profile of Guernesiais poet, Denys Corbet: the first in a series of articles about the men and women honoured with a blue plaque in Guernsey – written by those best qualified to do so.

We have a report from the first Society in-person meeting in Oxford since lockdown restrictions were lifted; the latest winner of our Eisteddfod trophy – member Diana Pritchard; and excellent news about the various recognitions of another member, Leonie Scott-Matthews for her writing and her contribution to theatre in Hampstead.

The usual features including book reviews, a round-up of local news and the latest plans for Society meetings are also included.

Those who have signed up for electronic copies can download them now from The Review page.

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

The Winter Review is out now

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The Winter edition of The Review is on its way to members.

This edition contains articles about Australian celebrity Cameron Daddo’s visit to Guernsey to discover his Guernsey roots as part of the latest series of the Australian “Who Do You Think You Are”, Japanese professor Kazuhito Kawashima examines the influence Guernseyman Prof Herbert Fleure had on the study of Geography and Marine Zoology. To mark the end of the year where we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Liberation, Diana Nicole relates her experiences of evacuation and the challenges of reuniting families after liberation. Bringing things right up to date, Maisie Foote reports on the first Island-Wide Election which took place in October 2020.

“Guernsey Around the World” article follows French explorer Jean Baptiste Charcot to Antarctica to discover a mountain he named after Guernsey during his 1909 expedition.

The usual features including book reviews, a round-up of local news and the latest plans for Society meetings are also included.

Those who have signed up for electronic copies can download them now from The Review page.

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

The Summer 2020 Review is on its way!

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The Summer edition of The Review is currently with the printers and should be on its way to members shortly.

This edition contains an article about Rupert Bear, who celebrates his centenary this year, and his Guernsey creator, Herbert Tourtel. Jane Mosse tells the story of a 19th century court case against homeopathist, Dr John Ozanne, Martin Le Pelley completes the history of Guernsey’s Insurance Industry, by bringing it right up to date.

We also include the second part of our “Guernsey Around the World” article exploring why there isn’t a New Guernsey – casting the net in the direction of the Solomon Islands. We also bring news of the Vouaïe-Voice initiative by Yan Marquis and Aaron Yeandle to record and photograph the last native speakers of Guernésiais.

The usual features including book reviews, a round-up of local news and the latest plans for Society meetings are also included.

Those who have signed up for electronic copies can download them now from The Review page.

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

Covid-19 update

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, monthly lunches in Guernsey are cancelled and scheduled activities in London have been either postponed or cancelled.

The Guernsey Literary Festival has been cancelled and all Heritage 75 events planned to mark the 75th Anniversary of Liberation are being postponed until later in the year. Liberation Day will still be marked on 9th May, but in a different format.

A revised schedule for this year’s meetings in London and Guernsey will appear in the Summer edition of The Review.

The Review is sent free to members three times a year – for more details, see The Review.

Any updates before then, will be posted to this website – and our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

The Spring 2020 Review is out now!

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The Spring 2020 edition of The Review is now with the printers, and should hopefully be making its way to members shortly.

This edition contains an article about the Spanish Flu pandemic that swept the world just after World War 1 – with eerie parallels with the current situation. There are also some letters that Eddie Clark’s family received from liberated Guernsey, just weeks after liberation – to mark the 75th Anniversary. Yan Marquis’ poem “Note Lingo” promotes the revitalisation of Guernesiais (with translation). And Susan Lloyd’s DVD “Discovering Guernsey” is featured.

In Guernsey Around the World, we explore why there isn’t a place in America called “New Guernsey” – the first of a two-part article.

Book Reviews include three new publications which would have been on the (now-cancelled) Guernsey Literary Festival: In Living Memory, curated by Olympia McEwan; Across the Channel – the memoirs of Major-General Sir Donald Banks; and Guernsey Occupation Diaries 1940-1945 of Rev Douglas Ord, edited by John Nettles.

The Island News, which was put together just as the Covid-19 pandemic was breaking out in the island, will be hopelessly out of date by the time you receive it.

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The Spring 2019 Review is out now!

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It contains a range of articles on the island including “The Colourful World of Guernsey Stamps” based on Keith Le Page’s talk to a recent London meeting; “Sea Scouting in Guernsey” – Bill Hill’s memories of scouting in the island and George Matheson’s article about his attempts to discover the age of a St Martin’s farmhouse using carbon dating techniques.

We also include the poem that won the Guernsey Society trophy for local poetry in this year’s Eisteddfod – Pippa McCathie’s “Early Morning at the Fort with Ghosts”.

Guernsey-related place names explored in this edition include Sarre Avenue, Hornchurch, Guernsey Drive in Fleet, Hampshire and Ruette Godfrey in Guernsey.

Books reviewed include Howard Smith’s “Rupert: The Bear Facts” about the Daily Express comic strip bear, created by Guernseyman Herbert Tourtel; Rose-Marie Crossan’s “A Women’s History of Guernsey, 1850-1950″ ; and Duncan Barrett’s “Hitler’s British Islands”.

All this and a round-up of the news from Guernsey, and usual Society notices.

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

Next London Meeting: AGM and Mervyn Peake, 11 May

9781999891381Our next London meeting will take place on Saturday 11th May.

It will start with our Annual General Meeting, followed by Stephen Foote speaking about Mervyn Peake’s residence in Sark, based on his latest book “Mervyn Peake: Son of Sark” which he is launching at the Guernsey Literary Festival.

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

Time: 12.15pm for a pub lunch.

The Winter 2018 Review is out now

RGS-2018b coverThe latest edition of The Review contains the usual range of articles about Guernsey past and present – including an article from Roy Perry on the story of his eponymous guide maps, John Le Page’s account of St Mary’s Church at L’Islet, with which he has been closely involved for over fifty years, and Bob Tostevin’s research into the short life of his uncle, Osmond Tostevin, who died in a plane crash in Duxford 90 years ago.

‘Guernsey Around the World’ comes from the New York borough of Brooklyn, where a street was named after Guernseyman, Daniel Mauger, a leading public figure and benefactor in the borough for half a century.

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.

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