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World War II newsletter
January 21st 1941

Rector's Letter.
My dear lads,
While on three pages of the News Letter I give you short items dealing with the transient things of life, I reserve this front page, beneath the picture of our Church and schools, for calling your attention to the deeper things of life, the ones that really do matter, and which will, or should, influence you throughout the whole of your life. Do you ever give a thought to the higher issues of life? In what way do men differ from the animals? The answer is plain to any thinking man. Because they have within them a Soul which enables them to make contact with God and understand and appreciate the higher values of existence the things that we all know, if only we will be honest with ourselves, really make life worth living. "Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, and such like", As I have said these are the things that make life pleasant and worth living. I ask you then, are you doing your best to understand and acquire these great gifts of God? Would it not be very profitable to you to approach your Chaplain and ask him to help you in this way. With a few other lads he could, and would too, have a small discussion class. Turn up the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 8, verses 30 and 31 and you see what I mean. Then follow the wise example of the eunuch and ask your Chaplain to explain what you read. You will profit by it.
With my love and my Blessing,
Your affectionate brother,

Extracts from Letters.
Corpl. Jimmy Leacy is now a Gas Course Instructor and is kept very busy. Says he has written to Cliff Hambilton and to Herbert Nutter. Snow is very thick where he is and he wishes to be remembered to all his pals. L/Cpl. Nick Dewhurst says that every Sunday he teaches the Home Guard how to shoot, use the bayonet and throw grenades. Being a most efficient Guardsman he should do it well. Says that several of the H.G. have invited him to their homes. Adds that this Sunday work knocks on the head any chance of getting to Church. L/Cpl. George Barker, R.E., says that "the C.R.E. keeps to its Latin word of "Ubique" which, I think, means "everywhere" or "always on the move". Says also that his lot have finished with bomb disposing, "For which the lads seem to be very sorry. Nearly all of them applied for a transfer into this new company which has taken over but very few were successful, causing some long faces." Says his Colonel was so pleased with their work that "he went so far as to call the lads Gentlemen when, he was addressing them." Sends a very good photo to add to Rector's collection. Corpl. Jack Bourn has moved from the South of England to the North of Scotland. Says of the people where he is "if an R.A.F. plane comes over, they put the pigs on the wall to watch it." Also adds "there is no truth in what people say about the Scotch being selfish." Thanks the Women's Section B.L. for a lovely Christmas gift. A.C. William Sutton sends his first letter after joining up and says that his training in the H.G. has stood him in good stead. Says it is hard to keep the floors polished with so much mud about. Is settling down very well and has no complaints. Marine William Wright landed back from leave to find a bombing attack going on; says "I had a lovely day on Monday (the day he returned) what with fog and frost and air raids. I got a lift with Harold Pilkington Just as I left you (the Rector) and he took me all the way to Preston and I caught the 10 o'clock and landed here on time." Wishes to be remember to all the boys in this News Letter. Pte. Ken Ogden writes to say how much he sympathises with Ronnie Iddon at the loss of his mother. Is now billeted in the South and says that it is fairly quiet where he is. Sergeant George Hardcastle (the Rector's nephew known to many Tarleton lads) has had septic poisoning in his right arm but is alright now. Is billeted only 21 miles from his home so often cycles there. Is still P.T. Instructor and adds "Please remember me to those Tarleton lads who know me." Sign. L/Corpl. John Tindsley is now on the high seas and writes that no letters can be expected from him for some time. Sign. Almond of Croston, who married Sally Tindsley has written home to the same effect. He also is, or was, on the high seas.

On Leave.
Owing to leave being stopped towards the end of the week the number home is fewer. Dan Stazicker, as already stated, on four days wedding leave. A/C.2. John Rowland for 7 days. Sgn. Forrest (married Molly Burns) for 7 days, Harry Rigby, R.A.F. for few hours. Jimmy Parkinson, R.A.F., for 48 hours. Gerry Pendlebury for 7 days. Arthur Harrison, Bretherton, is expected home on Friday, and marries Dollie Iddon on Saturday.

Amongst those who have registered in the last fortnight are:- Jimmy Mayor, Arthur Barron, Bert Barron, Percy Sanderson, Jimmy Melling (Windgate), John Ashcroft (Sollom and Hesketh Lane), Percy Bryan (New Road), and P.C. Davies, also Hugh Southworth from Mere Brow; all these are in the 36's, Wilf Barron registered in the last batch and Jack Taylor from the Co-op. has passed his medical.

Where Ignorance is Bliss.
Do you ever have a difference with your wife, old boy?
Yes, frequently, but she doesn't know it, poor dear.

In Reverse.
Are the Italians a backward race, or is it that they are naturally a retiring people? They say, of course, that they always turn their back on those they dislike. In Rome they say "such puns are Bardia."

Our Thanks.
We have to thank Mr. John Stazicker, senr. for the gift of £1 towards the cost of issuing the News Sheet. Also we owe our continued thanks to Miss Evelyn Webster for addressing, stamping and dispatching the N.L. every week. Then too, we really do owe a debt of gratitude to Messrs Brown's Typewriting Service, of Brougham Street, Burnley, for their promptness in duplicating the Rector's typescript week by week and for their great care in making the general 'get up' so pleasing and doing it all at so reasonable a cost.

A baby girl born during an air raid was named "Sireen" and another born in a London and North Eastern Railway station waiting room was called "Eleanor".

Village Gossip.
Whole districts inches deep in snow. No buses ran on Monday through the village but roads have now been cut through. Gunner Dan. Stazicker was married on Saturday to Bella Ball. He had four day's leave for the occasion. Mrs. Sidney Dandy, Oak Cottage, died on Sunday. She had been ill for a long time; she is to be buried at Tarleton on Thursday. The A.F.S have now taken Miss Miller's cottage, next door to their Fire Station and have made it into a really comfortable Headquarters with telephone etc. All Sollom men have been busy all day digging a way through snow at the Stride on Rufford Road. Dollie Iddon, Mount Pleasant, Sollom, is to be married on Saturday to fit in with the bridegroom's leave. Matt. Sutton, from Garlick's, joins the R.A.S.C. as an artificer, on Thursday. He will be quite near Corpl. Ernie Ball.

Hymn as a prayer.
We commend the followihg hymn to be used as a prayer. It can easily be learned by heart by those who do not already know it and is most suitable to be used before retiring to rest

Holy Father, in Thy mercy
Hear our anxious prayer,
Keep our loved ones, now far absent,
'Neath Thy care.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
God the One in Three,
Bless them, guide them, save them, keep them,
Near to Thee.

Do you know your Chaplain?
Quite recently a case has occured in which the Rector could have been of great use to one of the lads had he known the name of his Chaplain. Chaplains can, of course, be most helpful to all ranks and in a great many ways. So get to know your Chaplain well and send his name to the Rector.

British Legion.
It is as well that Lads should know that their hon. membership of the British Legion carries with it all the privileges and benefits open to ordinary members. Mr. John Burt, the Hon. Secretary, will be pleased to advise lads upon any matter on which they desire help.
Do not be afraid to write.


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