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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
December 3rd 1940

Editor's Notes.
I have just been re-reading a book called "What has Christianity to say?" Of course it has alot to say but the trouble is that mankind does not listen when Christ speaks. There are two most skilled and excellent Doctors in Tarleton, Dr. Croft and his son, Dr. Herbert, and when we are ill they have a lot to say; but if, when we are ill we never consult them they surely are not to blame if we grow steadily worse. In the parable of the "Prodigal Son", which should be called the parable of the "Loving Father", our Lord has shown us quite plainly that God does allow us, because he has given us free will, to go our own way; but only the fool does so. Yet the Father was always waiting for the son to repent and return home. And when at last he came to his senses the Father welcomed him back. But he had to come back of his own free will. We have gone our own way far too long and we have have made a mess of things. Now is the time to recognise this and return. And we must do it individually as well as nationally: When we do we shall then know and understand the Love and the Peace of God.

Extracts from Letters.
Marine William Wright says that old England still has an Army as good as that of 1914-1918, if not better, says that all the lads are looking forward to the time when they will have a chance of showing Hitler this. Adds that he is O.K. A. C.2 Robert Moss has volunteered for Air Crew and hopes to be on flying training very soon. Knocked his shaving mirror off the table and it broke into a thousand pieces and adds if there is anything in the old superstition he is due for seven years' bad luck. (Don't worry Robert there is nothing in the superstition and in any case you will have to be alive during the seven years to get the bad luck and by that time the war will be over). Dvr. Tommy Burns asks us to put in the N.L. that he has had his number changed; it is now T/97457, also says "I daresay you will have been wondering what on earth has happened to me not writing for a while," adds that he has to sleep on straw and that his guardroom is a disused ambulance. The village people have started a free canteen wherein one can find billiards, darts and all sorts of games. Corpl. Ernie Ball says he had a fairly quiet journey back from leave. He motored all the way with a few comrades and arrived in barracks early in the morning. L/Cpl. Fred Forshaw is in London taking a course in Military Administration, English, Typewriting and Shorthand. Is billeted in a posh Hotel with red carpet; wardrobe, dressing table, H. & C., gas fire and pink eiderdown in his bedroom. Also has a Czech maid to bring him a cup of tea in the morning. Frank McKean has now passed his exam-for submarine work. He hopes to be home for a few days round-a-bout Christmas. Pte. James Latham is now taking a Vicker's Machine Gun Course. He asks to be remembered to all his friends and hopes that his cousin Harry will soon be alright. He also gives the news that he has heard from his brother Harry that he has passed his course. Gunner Harry Harrison sends a long interesting and well-written letter. Says that Thomas Halton of Rufford has been with him all the time, and also a Bretherton lad named Ted Johnson: also says "my billet is simply marvellous, it's home from home", asks for one of the Rector's blue Testaments and would like to be remembered to Charlie Wright (Mere Brow), and would ask him if he has any more 20s Park. Adds that his wife has a very good photo of himself. Sgn. Tom Tindsley says he has struck lucky with regard to billets. Is in a large house in residential outskirts of London. Says that he is always thinking of the Tarleton lads and wishes to be remembered to them all, "perhaps most
especially to my cousin Herbert away in Africa."

Herbert Nutter.
Many ask for news about Herbert Nutter. Here is a little. His parents have had several letters and in all he says that he is keeping well and is quite happy. He is in a wooden hut with other prisoners of war, has plenty of sport, and a good bed. Church of England Services are taken in his Camp every Sunday morning and a Prayer Meeting every Sunday afternoon. He would like to receive letters from all his friends but cannot reply as he is only allowed to send very few letters and these naturally must go to his parents and his young lady. Last letter received last week was dated August 22nd.

Home on Leave.
Jack Robinson for seven days and Ronnie Iddon for seven days. Both look extremely well. John Tindsley went back last Thursday and expects to go east any day now. He has his tropical kit. Mrs. Almond's (Sally Tindsley) husband is also expecting to go east. Hubert Tindsley is still in the African jungle. Kenneth Hind is home on seven :days' leave and goes back today (Tuesday). He is 6 ft. 2 ins. Gdsn. Frank Timperley home for seven days.

Parish Magazine.
With this letter. you will receive a copy of the December Parish Magazine. The Rector regrets that owing to the great expense of sending out over 100 every month he be unable to send it in the future. The letter costs him nearly 30/- a week to send and that is about the limit that he can afford. He is sorry, but there it is. Write home and ask your parents to send a copy every month. It will only cost them 3.5d, and not nearly £2 which it would cost the Rector to send to all the lads away.

Our Thanks.
From time to time good friends in Tarleton give a subscription to the Rector towards the cost of sending the N.L. each week to the lads away. This week we have to thank Mrs. Tatham of the Post Office, Hesketh Lane, an anonymous donor who kindly gave 5/- to Miss Evelyn Webster for this purpose, which she handed on to the Rector. We are most grateful to those who thus lighten the burden on the Rector's pocket.

Local Gossip.
The Lancashire County Council have decided to pay all Conscientious Objectors in their employ the same amount as a private soldier plus 3/- per day subsistence allowance. Mr. Foulds, Church Road, died rather suddenly on Thursday and was buried at Bretherton on Monday. He was 39. Fred Forshaw's banns were called in Church for the first time on Sunday. Hopes to be married somewhere around Christmas. Bannister's old house at Webster's corner is to be pulled down. Higham's have moved two doors up and have taken the late Henry Melling's house in Coe Lane. John Coulton and John Taylor (married Maggie Blakmore) are both in the running for Higham's house. Mr. and Mrs. Gabbot of Hoole are going to Legh Farm, behind school at Mere Brow, in place of Mr. Bond who is leaving. Mr. Hogg, Hesketh Lane, is going into Salford Hospital for an operation. Fred Parr (Bretherton) now p-o-w writes home that he is quite well and cheerful. Dan Johnson (Higher Lane, Holmes) joined up this (Tuesday) morning. The Rector gave two of his Muscovy ducks to the Home Guard to be raffled for, for their Comforts Fund. John Taylor, farmer, Blackgate Lane, won them. He took them home on Saturday afternoon. On Monday afternoon Sam Marsh saw what he thought was a wild goose fly across from the river and light on Stan Barron's field. He went for his gun, crept along the ditch and shot it. It was one of the Muscovys.

A Prayer.
Sign. Tom Tindsley sends this very beautiful prayer which we hope that others will find as helpful as he has done.

"O God, our heavenly Father, who has manifested thyself in love to us in many ways, even in these dark hours, grant that through Thy Grace we may return that love to Thee by a re-dedication of our lives afresh to Thy service. Thus may the world in which we live become a brighter and a happier place and our cheerfulness and courage an inspiration and a blessing to those with whom we come in contact. This we ask with forgiveness of our sins through Jesus Christ our Lord."

 
 

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