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World War II newsletter
1st July 1941

My dear lads,
One of the things that gives me the greatest pleasure is to find lads when on leave, and even short leave, coming to visit me at the Rectory. The last fortnight I have had this pleasure repeated about a dozen times. I know how very busy a leave can be, for you must always remember that I was myself on active service in the Army for five whole years. I know how many relatives there are who expect a visit and how many friends there are who want to welcome you at their hospitable board. And so I appreciate to the full the half hour or so you manage to spare for a visit to your old friend at the Rectory.
My thoughts, as you know, are always with you, my prayers for each one of you are daily offered before the Throne of God, and my love for each and every one of you is known to yourselves.
We have been, and I pray we ever shall be, one happy family, and your trust in me as your elder brother, to give you counsel and advice, has been most touching. I pray that this intimate relationship will never cease, but that when you return home for good the ties that knit us together may be strengthened and that as a band of brothers we may set about the task of rebuilding the shattered world after the patter of the Heavenly City.
With my love and my Blessing,
Ever your devoted brother in Christ.
L N Forse.

Extracts from Letters
Sergeant Ernie Ball writes to say that since his promotion he has been extremely busy, adding " I have hardly been out of the Office for the last week." He hopes to get his 7 days' leave shortly when he will be able to tell us in person all the news that he is too busy to write in a letter. Roger Watson, R. A. F., sends a long newsy letter containing this very true statement: "I know that you are dependent on the letters you receive for the material for the News-Letter." (Will all others please note this?). He has now left his billet near the North Pole and gone to another country. Says he gets one day off every fortnight where he is now and next Monday will be the first whole day he has had off since Christmas. Also adds that there are no Saturdays and Sundays in the Air Force and every fourth day they work all the evening until about 11 p.m. and even then they are quite liable to be dug out of bed about 2 a.m. Jack Parker (Liverpool) writes to say he has just got back from manoeuvres which he designates "the picnic". Says there was one major disaster during the "game". The rations were captured by the "enemy". "However", he adds, "we did not go short. We scrounged eggs from various farms. The menu for breakfast was eggs and chips, for dinner mash and eggs. Don't let Lord Woolton know about it." The Padre went with them and they had a celebration of Holy Communion in the shade of some oak trees on the bank of a big lake. The men knelt in a quarter circle on folded blankets. No surplice, no organ, no Choir, yet, he adds "I could feel that God was there." Funnily enough his Chaplain is named Meek and his R. S. M. Humble. Sapper George Barker (Rufford) is ration Corporal and Storeman for his Unit. Says "I have got a good job and I like it, my heart and soul is in it." Says that he sees lots of places he would never see in "civvy street". At present he is at a place like Bank Hall, which is called Barony and he says it is rightly called this "for it is barren of activity, the nearest pub or shop being six miles away." Gdsn. Kenneth Hind sends a cheerful letter saying that he hopes to be home on leave in a few days when he will call on the rector. He is now "somewhere in London".

Local News.
Lilian Sutton, of Sollom, who attends the Tarleton C.E. Schools and Dorothy Fearns, of Station Road, Hesketh Bank, who attends the Tarleton Council School, have both won County scholarships. Lilian Sutton is going to Ormskirk Grammar and Dorothy Fearns to the Preston Park School. Benjamin Davis, one of the first evacuees to Mere Brow, (he has been there nearly two years) has won a Liverpool City Scholarship. Nick Forshaw has passed his exam for a Ship's carpenter and is now in the Navy. He is stationed at a South Coast port. Wilfred Parkinson, Blackgate Lane, was married to Irene Dawson, Chapel Rd., Hesketh Bank, at H.B. Parish Church, on Saturday. The Mothers' Union are holding a "Bring and Buy" Sale and Whist Drive on the Rectory Lawn on Thursday in aid of the Comforts Fund. The Tarleton Scholarship examination will be held on Wednesday. There are 24 candidates. The Tarleton Mill is closing down. Many departments have already closed and the rest will close directly the stock already in had has been woven off. Most of the workers will be absorbed into munitions. Bathing and fishing in the canal are now in full swing. Dvr. Tom Bretherton, of Back Lane, Bretherton, was married on Saturday at Bretherton to Nellie Ramsay of Preston. His twin brother, Randle was the best man. Mrs. Foster has received an airgraph letter from L/cpl. Frank who says he is well amongst the flies and sand, but still keeping cheerful. Mrs. Burns has also received a letter from her son Jimmy, who is also in the desert, saying that he also is keeping well. Mrs. Almond (nee Sally Tindsley) has received a cablegram from her husband, who is somewhere in the East, saying that he has been safely evacuated from Crete. Walter Rawsthorne, Haig Avenue, came home on Thursday for 7 days' leave and was recalled by telegram on Sunday morning. Mr. Clegg, Confectioner, for whom Walter worked before joining up, took him to catch the train at Preston. Mr. John Blundell, Johnson's Lane, underwent an operation in Preston Infirmary last Thursday. He is doing well. Gdsn. Harry Crook sends the Rector a very good photograph of himself. Wesleyan Garden Party will be held on the Tennis Courts next Saturday. All the schools in the district close on Friday for three weeks but the Preston schools, we understand, will close later. The Rector is preaching at Fleetwood on Sunday morning, the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Church there. As a matter of interest when Fleetwood Parish Church was built there were no houses nearer than three miles.

On Leave
There as so much to put in last week's N.L. that the names of those on leave was omitted. However, as we know that everyone likes to know who has had leave we print these names here. Last Week:- L/cpl. Fred Forshaw for 7 days; Dvr. Harry Latham for 7 days; his brother Jimmy Latham for 48 hrs; Sergt. Stanley Baldwin for 48 hrs; Charlie Wright (Mere Brow) for 7 days; Harry Rigby for still more embarkation leave; Joe Wait for 7 days. This week:- Abraham Wright for 28 days agricultural leave; John Wright, his brother, for week-end; Eric Nicholson for 28 days' agricultural leave; Bert Barron for 7 days; Tom Harrison for 7 days. Matt Sutton for 7 days; Billy Parkinson for week-end. Dan Stazicker for 3 days. Robert Moss for 7 days. Walter Rawsthorne for 3 days (see Local News).

Rufford News
For this we have to thank Mr. Bert Marsden - Bruce Forshaw home for 7 days' also G. Edge, R. A. F., and Kenneth Linhard, and Billie Southworth, R. A. S.C; the latter says he thought he had seen the world when he drove his uncle's lorry, but he now sees more new places in a week than he formerly saw in a year, and he still hopes to drive his R. A. S. C. lorry through the streets of Berlin. Gordon Bridge, known to many Tarleton lads, was married last week. Mrs. Dobson was buried at Rufford on Wednesday. Home Guard, A. F. S. and W. V. S. all up to strength. Jim Martland, who is a prisoner of war in Germany has written a cheerful letter to his parents. Bruce Forshaw, mentioned above, who is on the Staff of the Ormskirk Advertiser, gave a lecture, when on leave, on his experiences, especially dealing with bird life, in some islands in the far north. L. Ashcroft, R. A. F., well known in cricket circles is now with Bert Barron of Sollom.

Tarleton Red Cross.
The Rector has received the following from Mrs. Croft, the very energetic and experienced leader of the Red Cross in the district. The Tarleton Red Cross working party wish to thank all their subscribers for the contributions during the year. They have amounted to £465. During the year 1541 garments have been made, including 480 pairs of pyjamas, 314 pairs of socks, 100 hot water bottle covers, 110 prs. or gloves etc. £15.15s. was given to the Dormitory at Chapel Walks where stranded members of the Forces may sleep at night while waiting for trains. A large amount of garments etc. went to the blitzed areas.


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