We are delighted to announce that for our next London meeting, we will be welcoming Jason Monaghan
with a talk entitled ‘Guernsey’s Great War in fact and fiction’
He will be talking about the research he carried out for his latest novel ‘A Glint of Light on Broken Glass’, touching on themes that are in the book but primarily the experience of islanders during this period and what life was really like for islanders during this period. His novel begins when sixteen-year-old George is called up for the island of Guernsey’s militia, just before the Great War. This is certain to be a fascinating talk from a knowledgeable expert on so many aspects of Guernsey’s history.
This is certain to be a fascinating talk from a knowledgeable expert on so many aspects of Guernsey’s history.
Date: 19 November 2016
Time: 12:00 for lunch (two-course menu for £18) or 1:30pm approx for the talk.
Venue: Prince of Wales, 150 to 151 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2B 5TD (nearest tube Holborn)
We are delighted that Jonathan Le Tocq
, formerly Guernsey’s Chief Minister, will be will be joining us for lunch on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 – where we shall also be celebrating the 950th Anniversary of the Norman Conquest
Venue: Kensington Place Restaurant, 201-9 Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill Gate, London W8 7LX
Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate
Cost: £35.00 per head (includes three-course meal and wine).
If you would like to attend, please send cheque to Keith Le Page (see address in The Review), or through PayPal using the form below.
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On Saturday, July 2nd, we have planned a social visit to the Hush Heath Estate & Winery
near Staplehurst in Kent, where we will go on an organised tour with a tutored tasting of the estate’s delicious sparkling and still wines, and exciting range of ciders.
The cost of the tour to Guernsey Society members is £10. If you would like to join us, please Contact Us so we can confirm numbers.
For those coming by train, we will arrange a shuttle service to the winery from Marden station to meet the 12:15 train from London.
Alternatively, meet at the Lord Raglan in Staplehurst for lunch.
On Saturday 25 June 2016, we will be holding our sixth annual Boules Muratti
against the Jersey Society.
It is a fun event in a beautiful corner of London and all Channel Islanders are welcome.
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.
No advance notice necessary – just turn up!
Our next London meeting will take place on Saturday 14th May.
In addition to the Annual General Meeting, we will have our traditional Guernsey quiz, followed by a talk from Edward Chaney about Genius Friend, his new biography of G.B. Edwards, author of The Book of Ebenezer Le Page.
Time: 12:00 noon.
Location: The Union, 88-90 George Street, London (nearest tube Baker Street).
No booking necessary. Non-members welcome.
On Saturday March 5th
, there will be an opportunity to view most of the Guernsey stamps
issued since Guernsey took over postal services from the British Government in October 1969, plus some earlier British and other issues.
Keith Le Page will show his collection, and stamp expert Michael Zinopoulos will be on hand to provide background on what’s valuable, and what’s not, in the stamp world!
Starting with an informal lunch at 12.00 at The Union, 88-90 George Street, London W1U 8PA.
Members and non-members welcome.
Our next London meeting will take place on Saturday 10th October 2015, and we are delighted to welcome Colin Le Ray, Director of Guernsey Airport, to talk about the recent work at the airport, and the recent ‘Guernsey Airport Rehabilitation Project’ which has won awards for its successful completion on schedule. Come and find out about all the issues and challenges that the airport faces, and bring your questions about this vital island infrastructure link.
The meeting will be held at The Union, 88-90 George Street, London (nearest tube Baker Street).
Meet at 12:00 for an informal pub lunch, with the talk starting about 13:30.
Members and non-members welcome.
Our annual Boules Muratti against the Jersey Society in London. The fifth Boules Muratti will be held this year on a Saturday afternoon from 12.00 in the idyllic setting of Cleaver Square – one of London’s finest Georgian Squares. An added attraction of the Square is that it has a pub, The Prince of Wales, selling Shepherd Neame beers from Faversham, Kent.
Traditional pub food is available at The Prince of Wales until 3.00pm.
Boules is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. We have found that not practising is helpful to our performance and lead 3-1 in matches to date. However it would really great to have a large team this year to scare the opposition.
If you have a set of Boules, please bring them along.
The nearest underground station to Cleaver Square is Kennington (Northern Line). Vauxhall (Victoria Line) and Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo Line) are about 15 mins. walk away. Buses passing near to Cleaver Square are 3, 59, 133, 155, 159, 196, 333, 360 & 415.
For more details – see Boules notice 2015.
: Saturday 9th May 2015
Venue: The Union, 88-90 George Street, London W1U 8PA (just off Baker Street)
Time: from 12:00
Our next meeting in London will be a Liberation lunch and AGM.
Come and celebrate this 70th Anniversary of the Liberation with Guernsey fare, a Liberation quiz and a short AGM.
Very informal and all welcome with no advance notice required – just turn up.
Please note the new venue.
: Saturday 21st March 2015
Venue: Boulevard Brasserie, 40 Wellington Street, London WC2E 7BD (tube: Covent Garden)
Time: 12:30 for 1pm
We are delighted to welcome Baroness Jill Pitkeathley (née Bisson) to be our speaker at a lunch on 21st March 2015.
Baroness Pitkeathley was born in Guernsey and was an evacuee in Yorkshire during the second world war. She then attended Capelles School and the Ladies College, and took her degree at Bristol University.
She was chief executive of Carers UK for which she was awarded the OBE in 1993, and became a life peer in 1997. Since 1998 Baroness Pitkeathley has been chair of one of the lottery fund distributors, and in 2004 she was appointed chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, the independent body set up to safeguard the welfare of children in family court proceedings. Since 2002 she has also worked as Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of Committees in the House of Lords, and is a senior Labour Party member. She is a member of the Parliamentary All Party Channel Islands Group, and her dedication to Guernsey is such that her son was born on 9th May! She is a regular visitor to Guernsey, often in an official capacity.
She has been recognised around the world for her support of social rights. I am sure that Baroness Pitkeathley will have a fascinating personal story to tell, and if you would like to hear it, please either send a cheque for £30 (payable to ‘The Guernsey Society’) to Keith Le Page, or make payment through Paypal using the link below. Space will be limited at our venue, so please book early to avoid disappointment.