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.

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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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London Meeting, 11 November 2017 – Zoffany’s Daughter

9780992879143At our London meeting on 11 November, we will be welcoming Australian historian, Stephen Foster, to talk about his new book, Zoffany’s Daughter: Love and treachery on a small island  – the story of Cecilia Horne, daughter of the famous painter, Johann Zoffany, who was imprisoned in Guernsey in 1825 for child abduction.

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

Time: 12.15pm.

Next London Meeting, 14 October – Alderney’s Bayeux Tapestry

8452948035_0b88c04a95_oAt our next London meeting on Saturday 14th October, we are delighted to welcome Kate Russell to tell us all about Alderney’s Bayeux Tapestry Finale. Kate will tell us about the island’s efforts to recreate the missing final section of the famous tapestry, including the coronation of William the Conqueror on Christmas Day 1066.

All welcome.

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

Time: 12.15pm for lunch

 

The Summer Review is out now!

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The Summer edition of The Review will be in the post next week.

This edition has a distinct literary theme. We have a report on our May presence at the Guernsey Literary Festival, details of an obscure literary connection between Sebastian Faulks, Elizabeth Goudge and Victor Hugo, Bruce Parker’s account of the P.G. Wodehouse Library that has been established at Dulwich College and news of efforts being made in Guernsey to establish a Victor Hugo bench.

For those less interested in literary matters, there is news of our sporting triumph over the Jersey Society at the recent Boules Muratti, a report on our Annual General Meeting, an article from Canadian member, George Matheson about his quest for his family’s Guernsey origins, an excerpt from Stephen Matthews’s gripping memoir of his childhood experience as an inmate of Biberach.

Reviews of recent local books include Guernsey As It Used To Be by George W.J.L. Hugo, Stone Witness, an eclectic collection of poetry from Guernsey poet Richard Fleming, David Bellos’s case for Les Misérables to be considered The Novel of the Century and Rob Batiste’s Big Book of Guernsey Sport.

In addition, we have the usual summary of Island News, and details of forthcoming Society meetings in London and Guernsey.

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

 

Next weekend: Boules Muratti, 10 June 2017

Saturday 10 June sees the return of our annual Boules Muratti match against the Jersey Society.

Come and join us for this seventh match against The Jersey Society in London and help us maintain our recent great record. No advance notice (or boules experience) necessary.

Meet for lunch from 12.00 at The Prince of Wales pub, in the corner of Cleaver Square, Kennington, London SE11 4EA (nearest tube: Kennington).

For full details, click here (PDF file) - Boules notice 2017.

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