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World War II newsletter
RECTOR'S NEWS LETTER
March 25th 1941

My dear Lads,
The large, very large, attendance at all the Services on Sunday shewed that at any rate deep down in our hearts we still recognise that "Our help is in the name of the Lord". This is what our Saviour meant when He said "Apart from Me ye can do nothing."
But while it is true this undeniable fact it is a thousand pities that it has to need a direct call from our earthly King to make us acknowledge it publicly. Our young children are growing up and they can only learn by the example set them by their elders. To them you lads are heroes, strange though this may seem to you. But it is true. Your influence at the present time is enormous. I say again, to the boys of today you lads are the great ones whom they desire to imitate. See to it that you give them something really worth imitating. Remember that they, in their innocence, will copy your bad points and mistake them for the general make-up of the hero. Pray that you may not lead their little feet astray. Have a good look over yourselves and make sure that you are worth imitating. And start with a more regular outward and visible sign of your faith by more regular attendance at Church. Remember these youngsters cannot possibly know your inner thoughts; they have to go by your outward acts and behaviour. It is a great responsibility. Prove yourselves worthy of it.
With best love,
L.N. FORSE.

Day of National Prayer.
This day, co-inciding with Mothering Sunday, was a big one at the Parish Church. As stated elsewhere there were 250 Communicants at the 8 a.m. Family Communion Service. Mattins was very well attended and the Church was packed for Evensong. Home Guard attended in full uniform and filled the whole south aisle. Procession round Church; British Legion with Standard; full Choir and six Servers. The Bishop should have preached but he was only just recovering from influenza and had a Confirmation at Croston on the Saturday afternoon and another at St. George's, Chorley on the Sunday afternoon neither of which, of course, could be put off, so telephoned Rector and asked to be excused as the strain was too great. So Rector took the service and preached, much to the disappointment of those present. However they could do, and did do, that for which they came, and that was to intercede with Almighty God for His blessing on and protection of our Empire, our Country, our Village and our Homes.

In lighter vein.
Vicar (to widow putting up her banns): How old are you?
Widow: Thirty on Michaelmas Day.
Vicar: That cannot be; you gave me the same age when you came to put your first banns up five years ago.
Widow: Certainly; I am not one of those who say one thing today and another thing tomorrow.

"Sir", said the witness to the judge who threw doubt upon his veracity. "I have been wedded to the truth from my infancy."
"I don't doubt it", replied the judge, "but the question is, how long have you been divorced?"

Looking Back.
When the Rector heard on the Wireless the other night that Sir Pierre Van Rhynveldt, the Chief of Staff of the South African Army, had accompanied General Smuts to Cairo for a conference with Mr. Eden and General Wavell it took him back 27 years when Sir Pierre was a tall, slim, fair-haired lad and the Rector himself a young man of 32. In those halcyon days they knew each other very intimately, and walked and talked with each other every day. He then joined the Air Force, returned to South Africa and today controls its Army. But to the Rector he is still the tall, handsome and good companion of 27 years ago.

Extracts from Letters.
Trooper George West sends a very pleasant letter; says the reason the lads write so rarely now is because they not have time as the training is so strenuous. Writes his letter on Guard and says that plenty of German planes are knocking about. Would like us to sing Hymn 119 in Church on Sunday morning. Marine William Wright sends quite a good photo of himself in a thoroughly nautical setting. He is surrounded by lifebuoy, large naval guns, Union Jack, Royal Crown with a Dreadnought in the background and a large "Forget-me-not” in the foreground. Says his mates say that he "must come from a very nice village, which is quite true." Says they have had no bombs lately, although, if the papers speak truly, they had a few the very night he wrote. Marine Leslie Hodson writes to say he arrived at his depot safely last Thursday; says they have the finest training in the world and are very strict; is in a very big camp with its own cinema and canteen and is in a very beautiful spot. Adds, I hope that everyone in Tarleton is alright. AC2 William Sutton says that they have some good jokes when all the lads get together "such as fixing beds to collapse when the lads get into them". Has had his photo taken and is sending the Rector one. Wishes to be remembered to the lads of Tarleton and especially mentions Bert Price, Harry Price, Harry Crook and Harry Harrison. Also add he is already looking forward to the N. L. every week "To see what the other lads in the village are doing. A nice long letter comes from William Parkinson R.A.S.C., saying that he went to the 8 o'clock Communion at the Garrison Church last Sunday. Being Mothering Sunday, he says "I had you all in my thoughts all the time and knowing that at Tarleton you would have a packed Church although there would be plenty of familiar faces missing with so many of the lads away." Adds that he has been getting plenty of bombs lately. Is sending on the name of his chaplain directly he gets to know it. The Chaplain only joined the Camp a few days before he did. Corporal Ernie Ball has now been posted to a different part of the country. He is now a Transport Corporal in charge of three vehicles, says "it seems very strange after a Training Coy., but it is more interesting, and you do get a change now and again." Says that it is almost like being at home after being at a place like --- so long. Food is very good and there is a weekly dance in the Drill Hall. Also he is only 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of the town. The Rector would be grateful if those lads who have not written to him for some time would now break their silence and send him a few lines. Their Tarleton friends, now scattered all over the world would be pleased to hear from them through the N.L.

Local Talk.
Gdsn. Arthur Molyneux has been sent home for a month to do work on the land. He is working for George Sutton junior,and has already had a fortnight of this "working holiday". Mrs. Matt Sutton has been on a visit to her husband who is at a R. A.S.C. School learning to be a fitter. She has now returned home. 2nd Lieut. Eric Hind has sent a cablegram home saying that he has arrived safely at his destination in the far east. Capt. Fred Croft has also gone abroad. Jack Marsden, John Caunce and Robert Harrison went for their Medical on Tuesday. All passed A.1. Jack Marsden has been accepted for the Navy and John Caunce and Robert Harrison have been accepted for the R.A.F. Corporal, Frank Foster has now gone abroad and we do not expect any letters from him for at least a month. Regular smash up just past Toll Barr on the Hoole side. One large lorry was completely overturned and is still there with the wheels in the air. Housewives smiling but market gardeners looking glum because lettuce has dropped to 2/6 to 3/-per doz. Mr. Richard Tindsley the tailor, came up to the Guard Room last night to shew Sergeant Nutter how to measure the H.G. for battle dress. All are to be fully equipped forthwith. Grand Gipsy at the Methodist Schools last Thursday to raise money for the Methodists' Soldier Comforts Fund. Very large audience. The Tarleton A.F.S. members have themselves put concrete on the floor of the old Co-op stables at the end of Coe Lane which is now our Fire Station. When we last heard Corporal Jack Bourn was still in hospital in Scotland. We send him our very best wishes for a speedy recovery. Gdsn. Aubrey Smith whose home at Longridge has been broken up, has spent 3 days of his 7 days' leave at the Rectory. Sign. Tom Harrison, home on leave, left his purse, with his leave ticket and well over £1 in it, in the Liverpool bus coming from Preston. Rector telephoned up the Police at Ormskirk; they stopped the bus but no trace of purse was found. Later the same evening, the Ormskirk Police 'phoned Rector purse found, so Tom was pleased.

 
 

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