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Hesketh Rectory
Hesketh Bank
May 1945

My dear Friends,
‘Looking Forward’ is a Blessed thought very much in our minds and yours at the present time. Expectation is in the air, and hopes are high that victory in Europe will not long be delayed. Here is a thought for you all this month. “GOD IS IN THE FUTURE.”
Has He not been merciful to us in the past, and is He not our Strengthener now? But the best is still to come. For the true believer in God in the Golden Age is never in the past, it is always in the future, for ourselves, our Country, and the World, God is pointing the way now. But we must trust and obey Him and then all will be well.
Yours very sincerely,

The Rector has much pleasure in acknowledging the following letters since the last N.L. was sent out. (The date in brackets is the date they were posted). Leslie Tiffin (April 18) says that he has missed receiving March and April numbers. We are sending these with the May number and hope he gets them. He wishes to return remembrances to Jimmy Buck, Peter Dawson, Horace Hornby and his brother Fred.
Ronnie Whiteside (April 15) reports that he is well and truly sunburned. He and his pals go out rowing at week-ends. He relates an episode which evidently caused him some amusement, but not his pals, who were caught out by a squall just in shore and got a ducking and a coating of seaweed. He sends his greetings to Gordon Iddon and wants him to know that he is still at the same address. “No doubt” he continues “Gordon is astride the old mule on his way to Berlin.”. He greets Leslie Bramwell once again in his hospital duties, and all the lads and lassies in the Forces.
Tom Brewer says that he has been seeing quite a lot of Opera lately in his off time. He has seen Othello, Carmen, Madame Butterfly.
Stanley Holden (April 5) writes from S.E.A.A.F. He has received no N.L’s yet out there. We are sending him one or two old ones with the May number to make sure. He reports that the continual perspiring seems uncanny at first but tons of water and a minimum of clothing make it bearable. According to Stanley, “Charwalla “ yelled in stentorian tones obtains a cup of tea when required. As for us, it is, alas, not so! We have to get it ourselves!
Robert Sharples (April 10) says that the best way to see the East is on the pictures as (Robert says) you don’t get the smell of it then! We have noted your changed address, Robert.
James Bloor (March 31) writes that there are one or two boys from Southport in his company. He describes one of the countless villages he has seen out East as a collection of huts, a temple or two, and a well or two. Deacons Lane would rank as a first class road out there. The heat is intense and they are longing for a touch of frost. He has been able to do a bit of fishing lately and saw Ducks like our own, and mallard, and Goose, smaller than our own, snipe, curlews, and various kinds of waders such as redshank. James wants to thank the Bowling Club and the Comforts Fund and Newsletter Committee for all they have done for the troops.
Stanley Johnson (March 20) writes from C.M.F. says he is keeping himself reasonably well driving around “in this waggon” and he looks forward to receiving the Army ticket which will say Goodbye to it for good! He concludes by saying “Thanks to the people who work so hard for us at home. They’re grand.”
Albert Taylor (March 24) is back in India on a police course which is very interesting, especially the motor cycle coarse. He has had a lot to do with Japanese prisoners. They were in a bad state and their morale was very low.
Ernest Buck (April 1) wants to thank Douglas Iddon for the energy and work he has put in for all those in the Services.
Leslie Bramwell (March 27) writes from 83rd (B.R.) General Hospital, CMF (we note the change). Recently he was invited to the wedding of one of the Sisters of his hospital.

The first local boy to win the Field Marshall Montgomery’s Certificate for Good Service is Fred Bentham, Kearsley Avenue, Tarleton. He got it for Services rendered at Nijmegen. He worked for Fred Brockley before joining up.
The Laund, Hesketh Lane, formerly belonging to Mr. Stansfield, has been bought by Mr. Sargeant, The Cote, Tarleton, for £6,650.
David Taylor has bought Stanley House, Moss Lane, where Mr. J. Coulton lived, for £1,250. Mr. Coulton has removed to Birkdale.
Tom Singleton is being married on April 24th.
Peggy Stringfellow, Chapel Road, was married on April 14th at the Roman Catholic Church, Hesketh Lane, to Petty Officer John Wilding, of Lathom, the Rev. Fr. Harvey officiating.
A Variety show was given by a party from the Southport War Entertainments Committee on Saturday April 14th at the Hesketh Lane Methodist School. Mrs. T.Johnson (Sports View) introduced the party, and at the close thanked all who had contributed to the enjoyable evening. The effort realised £15. 5s for the Hesketh Lane Methodist Comforts Fund.
Councillor Herbert Parkinson, of Moss Lane, has been heard in this last month on the Wireless in ‘Country Magazine’ and in ‘Transatlantic Call’ in which he represented Lancashire in paying tribute to the late President Roosevelt.
The Hesketh Bank C.E. Day School sent 139 eggs and 15s 6d. to Southport Infirmary on April 18th.
We were very sorry to hear of the death of Mr. William Rimmer, of Feniscowles, brother to Mrs. T Topping, and Mrs. Ball (Chapel Road). The funeral was at the Old Church on April 17th.

In connection with ’Ladies Weekend’ a concert was held on the Saturday evening in aid of the New Organ fund. The artistes were Miss R. Fairhurst (Soprano), Miss G. Mayhew (Contralto), Mr. R Johnson (Tenor) , Mr. Rigby (Bass), Mr. R. Ning (Ventriloquist), Mr. J. Lillie (Comedian) and Miss Moyra Campion-Smith (Elocutionist.) Mr. Leslie Sewell was the accompanist, and Mr. R Bamford of Bretherton presided.
The preacher at the morning and evening services on the Sunday was Mrs. N. Sowerbutts of Preston.
In the afternoon a Service of Song, entitled “Miss Prudy’s Old Piano” was given by the Ladies Choir. The reader was Mrs. J. Coulton, the Conductor Mrs. R. Cookson, the Organist Mrs. R.C. Wright, the President Mrs. J. H. Edmondson.
The Christian Endeavour Anniversary was held on March 24th and 25th. On the Saturday evening a lecture on “The Life of George Borrow” was given by the Rev. H. V. Surman, of Wigan, and he also preached all the services on the Sunday, when anthems were rendered by the Choir.
On Easter Day the preacher at the afternoon service was Mr. F. Leigh, of Longton. In the evening Stainer’s “Crucifixion” was sung, the soloists being Mr. E. Bebbington (Tenor), Mr. S Lloyd (Baritone). Mrs. W Iddon was the Organist, and Mr. J. Watkinson the Conductor.

This very important body of people, comprising the parishes of Tarleton, Bretherton, Rufford and Hesketh Bank, held its Annual meeting on April 17th in the Methodist Sunday School, Tarleton. Its indefatigable Hon. Secretary Miss Winifred Alty presented a splendid report of the work of out two Nurses, Miss Johnson and Miss Freeman, for the year ending March 31st, 1945.
Mrs. Williams, the Hon. Treasurer revealed a balance sheet which might well make any Committee envious. Nearly £1,000 was spent during the year, (this sum includes the expenses of two cars). And there is a Balance in hand of some £270.
The weekly subscriptions of 1½d from nearly fifteen hundred members, came to nearly £500 and there are substantial grants from public bodies.
The number of subscribers in Hesketh Bank is 400, and of these 134 received the skilled service of Nurse Johnson during the twelve months. In the whole area covered by the Association no less than 9557 visits were paid by the two Nurses and their two cars covered 14,207 miles, all during year ended March 31st 1945.
An excellent report was read from the Chief Inspectress for all England both on the two Nurses’ work and on the association’s provision for Nursing.
Miss Head, the Superintendent for the Lancashire County Nursing Association gave an informing address on the History of Nursing.

The fourth social in aid of the Welcome Home Fund was held in Hesketh Moss Sunday School recently. The proceeds amounted to £8.
On April 4th Charles Bury, The shop, Hundred end, came home on leave after three years service overseas in India, The Middle East, and on the Western Front.
On April 12th William Ainscough came home on leave after being wounded on the Western Front.
On Leave:
Since our last N. L. the following have been on leave, Thomas Measham, Rigby Melling, Bill Iddon (Chapel Road), John Jackson, William Bailey, Will Ashcroft, Harry Baxter, Kenneth Baxendale, William Iddon (Station Road).
Our sympathy is with Mrs. Harry Baxter on the death of her brother.

From “Retreat in the East” by O. D. Gallagher (an Irish-South African journalist.)
I would like to say now, talking as a South African, that in the eleven theatres of war where I have worked as a reporter in the past seven years, I have seen no troops show such courage of various types as the troops from Great Britain.
Whether it was fighting a hopeless offensive against impossible odds of men and material; whether it was fighting a disheartening, long delaying action without prospect of a single victory; whether it was in the mad heroism of a smashing attack to force a victory; whether it was courage in private matters - whatever courage the war called for, these men found it in themselves. Courage is their birthright.”

During the past month I have been so fortunate as to spend a few days in your village.
The first thing to impress me as I stepped from the train was the freshness of the air: and what life-giving, exhilarating breezes I enjoyed when I went for a walk along “The Bank”. No wonder the inhabitants are a long lived fraternity! And what glorious sunsets! During the daytime both Marsh and Moss seemed a hive of industry; everybody was cheerful, though I think I should have found some of the work a back-aching job. After the bustle of the town what a contrast was the peace of the Old Churchyard. I saw you were sufficiently progressive to have built a new Church and a new Chapel, and I hope that both have good congregations. I have read some of your news Letters, and I have seen ‘Country Lad’. No, I wasn’t told his name, but I learnt that he was Hesketh ”born and bread”, educated at the village school, and works on a local farm, Excellent, a credit to the school and village. I can well understand how the News Letter is appreciated by the members of the Forces, especially by those who are serving overseas, for it carried to them all the news of the village, and almost a breath of air. All the little items which may seem so trivial to those at home are of the greatest interest to those serving abroad. I heard also of the wonderful progress of your “Welcome Home “ Fund, made possible by your generosity and your united efforts. It is indeed a striking testimony to your ability to work together. As I passed your shops I though how fortunate you were in having no queues - or at least, only once a week, and that for fish. Well may you be content.

MARSH NEWS. Saturday, 21st April.
As promised here are the shooting results for the season just finished. Bill Baxter, Banks has certainly got over 400 Widgeon, but I don’t know his exact total, not having seen him. Hugh Twist, along with 3 or 4 others from Tarleton, have got about 400. Young Jack Bibby got 178, and I got 160.
David Wignall comes next with 150 (and 7 geese) and Jim Iddon - a few over 100. I believe one of the Hodsons on the Moss (I can’t think of his Christian name!) has done very well this season, having shot some 100s. These are the shooters I thought would have the best scores, so I’m sorry if there is anyone else got over 100 whom I have not mentioned.
On the whole , there has not been as many Widgeon killed as last year; Jim Iddon and Bill Baxter are both about 200 down.
On the 2nd and 3rd April “hot” Dawson got 2 salmon, but I have not heard of any being caught since. I asked Hugh Baxter a few days ago, and he hadn’t caught any up to then.
I heard the Cuckoo last Thursday for the first time, and I think most of the village would hear it too, as it was such a quiet Spring morning. The Swallows have arrived - I saw the first ones on the 13th, but some have been seen before this date. There are plenty of birds’ nests on coarse, and I know of one containing young thrushes which will leave the nest next week.
The farmers have had no cause to grumble at the weather lately, which has been so glorious, they have been able to carry on with their work uninterrupted. All the caulies and cabbage planting will be finished , and most of the potatoes set by the end of next week, providing of course, that the good weather continues. The onions are nicely through, and the early peas seem to be growing quite well.

Jim Sutton (Chapel Road) writing on March 25th from C.M.F. wants to be remembered to Alan Cook who used to work for Jim’s Uncle before he was called up, and to Bert Miller.
Wm. Rea’s (March 25th) letter is very welcome, and no apologies are needed from him. As he passes round our N.L. to his comrades in the same tent, their comments on the N.L. would make Hesketh Bank proud. He is basking in Italian sunshine but also, alas, Flies! Rome and Florence have been his lodgings for recent leave, conducted by the Y.M.C.A. He has also seen the Vatican City.
John Ashcroft (March 9th) can be sure that we shall address him 81 mess this time. Rector would like to know how many N.Ls he has missed since last June. He sends his warm thanks to the Comforts and Bowling club friends for their gifts. He met Joe Moore in Ceylon.
John Banks (March 13th) is specially interested in ‘Marsh News’. Out there the Kite Hawk is a frequent invader of his dinner. Twice he has met a Croston lad. He has never gone ‘sick’ during his 22 months out there. He has seen Ralph Reader’s Gang Show, and a Touring International Football Match. John greets Bert Price, Bob Sharples, Tom Iddon and Albert Taylor.
Thomas Bond writes March 20th. We hope he got his March, April, N.Ls all in order. He reports good health since his many hospital journeys.
Hartley Latham thanks us particularly for his N.Ls.
Thomas Rimmer (April 7th) enjoys his N.L. better than any newspaper and sends his greetings to all the boys and girls in different parts of the world. The people in Belgium are very good to the troops.
Nicholas Taylor (April 2nd) seems very familiar with the author of ‘Country Lad’. He too wishes to thank the Comforts and Bowling Club Funds, and the N.L.
George Taylor (April 4th) has had a meeting with General Dempsey. He has got to know Brussels well, having had a third leave there. George says that the Daily Mirror of March 29th spoke of his own 4/7 R. D. G’s being first across the Rhine within 24 hours of the first assault. He greets Albert Taylor, Malcolm Taylor, Martin Wright, and George Iddon.
Mrs. Ball of Boundary Lane arranged a splendid concert in the School on April 6th for the Welcome Home Fund. It realised £13.

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