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World War II newsletter
June 3rd 1941

From what we hear, every lad from the village in H.M. Forces appreciate the News Letter. As you know it's chief interest lies in the news the lads send the Rector, which week by week appears under the heading "Extracts from Letters". By this means the lads are enabled to keep in touch with each other and follow each other's movements. Yet, if you will take the News Letters, say, for the past six months you will find that there are very many lads who rarely write and some few in fact who never write to the Rector. Each of these receives every week a copy of the N. L. and we suppose they like reading it. The N. L. is sent to them free of all cost, and one would naturally think that a letter from time to time would be the least they could do to show their appreciation of the time and money spent in editing and sending it. Every week well over 100 News Letters are sent to the lads and everyone cost 2 1/2 d to send. These words are not addressed to the many who do, indeed, send regularly to the Rector, but to the few who rarely, or never send. To these we say, "Your friends from the village who, like you, are away from their homes, would like to hear about you. You cannot write to them all, but you can send a line to them all through the N.L." Also we might point out that we sent over 100 stamped and addressed post cards to our readers asking for their present address and so far less than 20 have been returned.

Have YOU?
Have you returned to the Rector the stamped and addressed p.c. giving your present address? If you want to get the N.L. in good time and regularly it is essential that you should do so. And please do not forget to fill in space for the name of Chaplain or of the Vicar of the parish in which you are billeted.

Local Gossip
P. C. Simpson has just been to the Rectory to say all pigeons have to be destroyed except a very few special ones. So for a time the Rectory will be without these pleasant companions. Mr. Simpson informs the Rector that there are still fifty three lofts in Tarleton - all of which will now be without occupants. Last week the Rector went to Manchester at midnight to fetch home a lad who had come on leave. Sorry to find that in last week's issue we called Martha West, Martha Price, sorry Martha. On Sunday evening the Bishop of Blackburn preached at Tarleton. He took tea at the Rectory before the service. Servers will be interested to know that we had full Solemn Evensong, with Choir and Clergy procession followed by the Bishop's procession. The Bishop read the Lessons and preached a very fine sermon. The Schools are closed all this week for Whitsun holiday. The summer holidays will be in July in order that the children can help in the fields; and there will also be a long autumn holiday for the children to help with the harvest. All this has been arranged with the local agricultural committee. Miss Alice Moss of Longditch Farm, Mere Brow died on Thursday and was buried at Tarleton on Saturday. Captain Fred Croft, eldest son of Dr. Croft, is now in the far east. Another mistake in last week's N. L. - The lady Dick Burns is marrying is the sister of his brother Robert's wife, and not the sister of Jimmy's wife as stated. Mrs. Golding, nee Norah Fowler of Gorse Lane, had a son born last week. She and her husband own a farm at Rufford. Cigarettes are still very hard to get in Tarleton and toffees for the children are almost non-existent. Outdoor lettuce now coming on the market but the price still keeps up 4/- to 4/6 per doz. and tomatoes still around about 5/-. Even the market gardeners say that prices are ridiculous. It is reported that one Tarleton grower has said he made well over £1,000 clear profit from lettuce alone. George West, who has been home for some time on sick leave goes back to his unit on Wednesday. Jimmy and Billy Parkinson were both home together on short leave at the week-end. Tom Dandy, Bank Bridge, is still at home on deferred leave from the R.A.F. Hilda Prescott, Carr Lane, is training at Ormskirk General Hospital as an auxiliary nurse.

Extracts from letters
Dvr. Jack Robinson send a nice long letter in which he says "Well, sir, it is like you have told me many a time, the Army is alright if you look after yourself, and I am doing that." Has put in a fireplace for a friend, and has also done a bit of farming. Having a good stretch of the ocean between himself and merry England regrets he cannot hitch-hike home for weekends. Wishes to be remembered to Ernie Ball and Ronnie Iddon. Corpl Ernie Ball writes to say that he returned safely from leave to find that a few bombs had dropped in his billet town while he was away, but very little damage was done. Says he is glad that Preston North End has won the Cup again. Dvr. Billy Harrison says he likes Army life very much. He is now a driver in the Supply Column, has good food and good Sergeants. It about four miles from a Church, and the Chaplain celebrates Holy Communion in a little hut in the park grounds. Other Services are held in the Y.M.C.A. Says "I am O.K. and getting fatter, and I'm as brown as bricks, you will not know me when I come home on leave in about ten weeks time". Wishes to be remembered to John Caunce. Sign. Thomas Fazackerley has been swimming in some Public Baths but says they are not as good as Southport, and "I would much rather go in the canal". The peacock and peahen which have a home near his billet are now the proud father and mother of five bonny eggs. Expects a real clatter-bang when they are successfully hatched. Being on night duty at the telephone writes his letter at 1 a.m. Pte Jack Parker (Liverpool) says he was sorry that he was out when the Rector called. He had been called home by telegram as his house at Liverpool had been damaged by bombing. Has had his sister staying near him. Has been out on a "scheme", and slept in the open air on a stretcher with three blankets and overcoat and was quite warm. A local farmer gave each man in his unit an egg for breakfast. Pte Tom Rigby is now staying in a Yorkshire Vicarage with no bus service nearer than a mile. Says that Walter Rawsthorne (Haig Avenue) is billeted only two miles away. has now left the Rector's Regiment and is in a newly formed battalion details of which cannot be put in a letter. Wishes to be remembered to all the lads in Tarleton. Pte Ken Robshaw wishes to thank the Mothers' Union for sending him a Postal Order, Says he has already put in for Harvest Leave (28 days), and thinks he will get it. His Company went on a three days' tour, staying each night at a farm. Cooked their own dinners in their mess tins and enjoyed doing it. The Band played them back to Camp where they all arrived dead tired. Finishes "all the same, it was a change". Wishes to be remembered to all his friends in Tarleton.

On Leave
Corpl Nick Dewhurst for seven days; A.C. Jimmy Parkinson for week end, Sergt.Edgar wait for seven days. Billy Molyneux, R.A.F. still on his 14 days leave. A.C. Walter Rawsthorne for seven days. Corpl. Ernie Ball for 48 hrs. George Burns on convalescent leave. Pte George Barker (married Nicholas Dandy's daughter) on embarkation leave.

The rector thanks Gdsn Harry Crook for the photograph sent him which has been added to the gallery in Church. There are still a few who have, so far sent no photo and we should be very pleased if they would supply this need.

The Lancashire War Agricultural Committee is offering a penny per tail for every rat killed in the district. After discussion with the farmers they have mutually agreed that the pennies will not be paid to the farmers direct but credited to them and given in their name to the Agricultural Red Cross Fund.

Our Thanks
We would like to thank Messrs. Brown's Typewriting Service of Brougham Street works, Burnley, for obliging us last week. The rector sent them a good deal of stuff to be duplicated including the News Letter. They were at the time on urgent Government work. Nevertheless they managed to slip in the Tarleton jobs with the rest and thus enabled the rector to send out the N.L.s with very little delay. And I think that you will agree they do turn out a good job.

Stay of Execution.
As we go to Press a message comes from Croston Police Station that the Rector's pigeons need not be destroyed. How far this stay of execution is general he does not know.


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