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World War II newsletter
17th September 1940

Now that the long winter nights are coming on I would suggest that you see you Chaplain and ask him to a discussion evening on one night each week for those who may be interested. The subject chosen need not necessarily be a religious one. I found when I was a Chaplain 'that if I could get a dozen or two lads sitting round a good fire discussing some interesting topic they thoroughly enjoyed it. Ask a few of your friends and then see the Chaplain. If you can draw up a programme of subjects you would like discussed all the better. These talks are always more useful if the subjects are chosen by the men themselves rather than by the Chaplain, and you will always find the padre ready to fall in with your suggestions. Try it out and before the spring comes I shall have scores of letters thanking me for suggesting it to you. May God bless you all and keep you safe. Here is quite a good subject for discussion. "What is the difference if any, between the sayings, 'It all depends on me, and I depend on God' and 'It all depends on God and God depends on me'.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. Jack Robinson is doing well; had his photo taken with the Football Team won the N.L. prize for joke last week and now says he also won the spot prize at the Company dance. Wishes to be remembered to John Rowland and Tom Walsh. Pte. Ronnie Sergeant has had his wife staying with him in Scotland for a fortnight, thanks the British Legion and Mere Brow children for gifts received, says the C. of E. Church where he paraded last Sunday is just like Hoole. Pte. Tom Fazackerly is billeted in an empty house 300 feet above sea level with a huge lake outside the front door; Says he was struck speechless when the Rector called on him when he was passing the camp last week. Dvr. Harry Price has spent six days and nights without going to bed, tells some thrilling stories of his experiences, and, being a Price, is like Mark Tapley, "cheerful under all circumstances". Saw Nick Dewhurst and they talked of Tarleton friends. Sends his love and many thanks to the children of Mere Brow for their gift. A/C Bert Barron is still on the move, smokes the Padre's Woodbines, starts his motor bike, has not yet seen John Rowland who is really quite near, also sends his best wishes to all the other lads in the Forces, and thanks the Women's Section of the B.L. and the children of Mere Brow for their gifts. Gunner John Rimmer (Hesketh Lane) wishes to be remembered to Fred Tiffen and Joe Power, and all his Hesketh Bank and Tarleton friends. He also asks that we convey his thanks to the Mere Brow children and the Women of the B.L.
L/Cpl. Ernie Ball had some thrilling experiences on his way back from leave last week., says he is now working till 6.45 each night and 4.45 on Saturdays. Jimmy Burns has sent a letter home from an African port at which he has arrived safely. Jimmy Farrington grandson of James Whittle, who is in Egypt, writes to say that his best pal has just married a Maltese girl, His brother Matt is with Hugh Abram in the Guards. No letter this week contained a joke or humorous story. We hope for better things next week.

Special Thanksgiving.
On Sunday evening we had a special thanksgiving Service for the safety of Clifford Hamilton and Herbert Nutter who are prisoners of war in Germany. Both their Fathers and Mothers came to the service and the Church was quite full with friends who came to rejoice with them. Both Herbert and Clifford have written home to say they are in good health.

Leave stopped.
As you will know without my telling all leave has been cancelled and so the large number of lads who should have come home this week are not here. These include Bert and Harry Price, Harry Crook etc. However Ronnie Iddon has been home and so has Frank Foster and Ernie Ball went back last Friday after a seven day leave.

Invalided out.
Dennis Johnson has had a breakdown in health and is now home again having been discharged as unfit for further service. Thomas Coulton (Marshes Lane) Mere Brow, is in a Liverpool Hospital and is almost certain to get his discharge.

Odds and Ends.
John Parkinson, Kearsley Avenue, died at his daughter's house at Inskip and was buried at Tarleton on Monday. Mrs. Coxhead (Sollom), Mrs. John Blundel, Johnson's Lane, and Mrs. Daniel Ball, (Bank Bridge) are all seriously ill. Harry Rigby, Church Road joins the R.A.F. on Saturday. The Misses Chapman have given the Rector £1 to buy a Dart Board for the Home Guard Room. Matt Sutton, Church Road and Jack Mee each had a daughter last week. Billy Molyneux has joined the R.A.F. and may be called up any day. Home Guard had manouvres last Saturday. Two Score became parachutists for the afternoon and had to take a given place, the rest had to stop them. There were many quite exciting adventures. Jimmy Hulton climbed a tree to signal, the bough broke and he fell splosh into a dyke.

The Rector was giving a talk to a large gathering of members of the Mothers' Union at Southport this afternoon when the Air Raid Siren screeched. He asked the Mothers what they wanted to do. With one voice they said "carry on" so he carried on and no one seemed the least concerned.

Rufford News.
The following have joined up:- James Johnson, Thomas Mayor, and William Millar. Mr. and Mrs. Martland have received a post card from their son Jim saying that he is a prisoner of war in Germany and is well. Special Thanksgiving was held in Rufford Church for his safety.

Hoole News.
Not so much has come to hand this week. Mr. Ogden is getting better. Ted Barnish is still in London and just where the bombs have dropped. The memorial to the late Rector, Mr. Dunne, is to take the form of a new Organ and subscriptions are being asked for it.

Prisoners of War.
Several lads have written asking if, and how, they can write to Cliff and Herbert and other Ps.o.W. It is twenty two years since the Rector was one that he has quite forgotten what was done in his day, and anyhow, it will probably not be the same. He is finding out all about it from the Red Cross Society which has the matter in hand and will put the answer in the N.L. directly he receives it.

Home Guard.
The old Scout Room is being fitted with beds for the comfort of the Home Guard. Nearly all are fully equipped with clothing including good, warm winter overcoat.


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