Next London meeting: 20 May 2017 – AGM and Guernsey Quiz

Our next London meeting will be our Annual General Meeting on 20 May.

As usual, we will keep the official business short – and will then have our traditional Guernsey Quiz.

Venue: ‘Fountains Abbey’, 109 Praed Street, London W2 1RL.

Time: lunch from 12:00. AGM will start at about 1:30pm, shortly followed by the quiz.

Non-members who want to find out what the Society is about are welcome – no booking necessary, just turn up.

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.


Next London meeting, 28 April: Little Chapel meets Little Venice

The Little ChapelOur next London social meeting will be a pub crawl in aid of the Little Chapel Foundation on Friday 28 April.

Meet at ‘Fountains Abbey’, 109 Praed Street, London W2 1RL at 5.30-6.00pm. We’ll walk along the Paddington Arm Canal to Little Venice, and eat at the ‘Bridge House’ at 6.30pm.

NB If you are coming, please contact us, as we will need to know numbers for the restaurant.

We will pass on the latest Little Chapel news and accept any donations for its restoration – this isn’t a condition of attendance!