Winter 2016 edition of The Review is out now

Review Winter 2016

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.

Next London Meeting: 19 November 2016 – Jason Monaghan

Glint CoverWe 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)

Christmas cards for members

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The Society has commissioned Caroline Cummins of Little Paper Gallery (based in Guernsey) to produce a set of distinctive Guernsey Society Christmas Cards.

There are two different designs (as shown) – one of the Town Church and the other of the Lighthouse with Castle Cornet in the background. Price is £7 .00 for a pack of 10 cards – each pack containing five cards of each design.

If you would like to buy packs to send to family and friends this Christmas, please place your order and payment by Paypal before the end of September, using the Buy Now button below.

A limited number will be on sale at our November meeting in London.

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Summer 2016 edition of The Review is out now

Review Summer 2016

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

The Review of the Guernsey Society

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.

 

 

 

Next London Meeting: Lunch with special guest Jonathan Le Tocq, 8 Oct 2016

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

Time: 12:00

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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Summer Social: Visit to Hush Heath Estate & Winery, 2 July 2016

white_wineOn 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.

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Annual Boules Muratti, 25 June 2016

boulesOn 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!

Next London Meeting: AGM, Quiz & Talk – 14 May 2016

Genius Friend CoverOur 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.

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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