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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Spring 2017 edition of The Review is out now

rgs2017aOur Spring edition is showing off our brand new design layout – and we hope you like it.

As well as the new design, we publish results of the Survey we conducted earlier this year, and the actions being taken as a result. The most significant change, based on your feedback, is that we are now planning a series of articles on current affairs in the island, as well as the usual summary of main news stories from the last four months which appear in our Island News section.

In the first of our current affairs articles, we talk to Jonathan Le Tocq, Minister for External Affairs, about the potential impact of Brexit on the Bailiwick, and how the States will be involved in the forthcoming negotiations. He shares his interesting perspectives on the challenges and opportunities this will bring to the islands.

We also talk to John Silvester of the Little Chapel Foundation about the efforts being made to save the island’s most popular tourist attraction. This will also be the focus of our April social meeting – for more details, see our Meetings page.

Those interested in our usual range of articles on local history will not be disappointed. John McCormack takes another look at some of the peculiar features of the Castel Church, including a door to nowhere, an unusual hexagonal pillar and its Roman foundations.

There is also the second part of Stephen Foote’s article on the shipwreck of the Echo in 1884. The first part told the story of the tragedy and the impact it had on Christmas in the island. This second part looks at how the community rallied around to support the widows and children of the crew members who perished.

We are also delighted to publish the first winner of the Guernsey Society trophy for Local Poetry from this year’s Eisteddfod – Jan Hugo’s poem ‘A Bordeaux Stone’ impressed the adjudicator who said “I wish I had written that”. In May, the Society is sponsoring an event at the Guernsey Literary Festival, and there is more news about that too.

There are reviews of some of the best recent local books, including Rose-Marie Crossan’s Poverty & Welfare in Guernsey, 1560-2010, Rob Batiste’s LOOKback, and Richard Hocart’s The Country People of Guernsey and their Agriculture, 1640-1840.

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

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

 

Winter 2016 edition of The Review is out now

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The Winter edition of The Review includes the tragic tale of the shipwreck of the sailing ship Echo in December 1884, and the effect it had on Christmas in the island. Gillian Mawson’s article on The Poetry of WW2 Evacuation, shows how exiled islanders expressed their hopes and fears in verse. Continuing on the poetry theme, we are also delighted to publish Richard Fleming’s poem La Gran’mère du Chimquière, commissioned by the BBC for National Poetry Day 2016. We also include a follow-up to the story of the Stranger family in WW1 which appeared in our Winter 2014 WW1 Centenary edition.

The book review is of the recently-published Through Spain with Wellington: The Letters of Lieutenant Peter Le Mesurier of the ‘Fighting Ninth’. This recently-discovered correspondence provides a unique record of Wellington’s campaign to drive Napoleon out of Spain written by a Guernseyman, and edited by Adrian Greenwood.

All in addition to the usual Island News and Membership News.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here - Index of Articles.

Summer 2016 edition of The Review is out now

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The Summer edition of The Review includes the second instalment of WW1 correspondence from Reginald Ollivier, serving in the trenches in France, accompanied by a biography of the Canadian Guernseyman from his granddaughter. Other articles include a history of the harbour at Les Amarreurs and news of the recent discovery (in Australia) of an illustrated postcard from a Guernsey inmate of Laufen internment camp during WW2.

We also include news of our recent win at the annual Boules Muratti against the Jersey Society and an obituary of David Godfrey, a Vice-Chairman of the Society who sadly passed away this year.

Book reviews include Jason Monaghan’s Glint of Light on Broken Glass and Rose-Marie Crossan’s The States and Secondary Education.

All in addition to the usual Island News and Membership News.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here - Index of Articles.

 

 

 

Spring 2016 edition of The Review is out now

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In order to mark the 950th Anniversary of the Norman Conquest, this edition includes a reprint of an article ‘Guernsey and the Norman Conquest’ by Professor John Le Patourel, written in 1966 to mark the 900th anniversary. Stephen Foote explores the story of the 1948 Channel Islands Liberation postage stamp, and its role in reviving the post-war tourist industry. We also include the first in a series of WW1 correspondence from a Canadian Guernseyman, Reginald Ollivier, serving in the trenches in France, recently deposited in the Island Archives.

This edition’s book reviews include John McCormack’s Channel Island Houses and Protest, Defiance and Resistance in the Channel Islands, German Occupation 1940-45 by Gilly Carr, Paul Saunders and Louise Wilmot.

All in addition to the usual Island News and Membership News.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year, and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here - Index of Articles.

 

 

 

Winter 2015 edition of The Review is out now

The Review of the Guernsey Society - Winter 2015The Winter 2015 edition of The Review is out now.

This edition contains an account of life and a death aboard one of William Le Lacheur’s ships, the Costa Rica Packet, Stuart Thompstone’s fascinating tale of how four Guernseymen played a key role in the development of Russia’s textile industry, a story of the 1941 St Pierre du Bois football team in exile who won the cup and the league in their adopted home, and Simon Went’s overview of the military importance of Guernsey over the last 2000 years.

All in addition to the usual Island News, Book Reviews and Membership News.

The Review is distributed free to members three times a year, and includes a range of articles on Guernsey’s past, present and future. For more details see The Review.

A full index of articles since it began in 1945 can be found here – Index of Articles.

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