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World War II newsletter
October 21st 1941

My dear Lads,
A parson's job is not primarily to preach, but to study and understand the Soul of man and its relationship to the God from whence it proceeds. Just as the doctor of medicine has to understand the physical ailments of the body so does the parson have to understand the spiritual ailments of the Soul. And the Soul can be attacked by just as many different diseases as can the body. And a complete man, as God intended him to be is one who is strong and healthy both in body and Soul.
There is nothing morbid about a man who takes care to see that his body is well nourished and physically fit, and there is nothing morbid about a man who takes similar care to see that his Soul is equally well-nourished and spiritually fit. The man who goes to the parson when he feels wretched and unhappy or who knows that some cancer is eating into his soul and destroying his spiritual life is the wise man who seeks a remedy before the disease has got too firm a grip. You should find in your Chaplain a man who has studied carefully these things. Listening to his sermons and leaving it at that is like reading a book on various diseases and their remedies and refusing to consult a doctor. You may end in treating yourself for dyspepsia when you really have cancer. Remember also that our Lord gave us the Service of Holy Communion for the express purpose of strengthening and refreshing our souls. And Prayer is one of the finest spiritual exercises conceivable. With my love and affection, ever your sincere friend, L.N.FORSE.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. W. Harrison, writes that he has returned safely from leave and had a pleasant crossing. Three N.Ls awaited him when he arrived back, and not one of them had the right address. One posted on the Friday reached him on the Sunday morning, which considering that he is overseas, and that the address was wrong speaks well for the Army postal arrangements. Says that it is nice to be back with his pals, and sends his best wishes to his friend John Caunce, Lt-Commander John Caunce, R.N.V.R. writes to say that he has changed his address and to thank us for the N.Ls and Parish Magazines. Says although he knows but few of the Tarleton lads, he enjoys the local news. Pte Arthur Harrison, Mount Pleasant, Sollom, says that his mates like reading the N.L. and think it must take up a lot of the rector's time. Says "twice since I left --- we moved to a place called ---, and we moved again on Tuesday, and came here on Wednesday, and as soon as I got here the good old N.L. was waiting to cheer me up." Says they are all mucked up in the huts which are out in the wilds amongst the fields. Says he is pleased to hear that Jack Robinson is well, and adds "If you see Mrs. Wilcock or Mrs. Robinson will you please tell them that I have got back safely.” Gunner Tom Fazackerley says "I was rather lucky this morning, I was feeling rather in the dumps when I got two N.Ls and they made me feel a lot better." Says he expects to save money while in his present camp "as the nearest village is two miles away, and has one shop a Post- Office and general store and no pub. Three miles the other way there is a pub with no beer. We have a canteen which sells only cigarettes and tea. '' Says his hut is near a forest and he has already seen a pheasant "which I think is more than I can stand." Sergeant Ernie Ball writes to say that his leave has been put back a fortnight owing to manoeuvres. Says "Our Commanding Officer was posted to Lytham on Saturday so I may look him up when I come on leave. We gave him a real farewell party last Wednesday night, ending in the early hours of the morning by carrying him out of the Mess.'' Sends his best wishes for a Happy Christmas to Dick Sephton and Jimmy Burns, who are both out east, and hopes that they will still have many more to spend in the best place on earth - Tarleton. Hopes to be home about Oct. 29th. L/Cpl Fred Forshaw writes that he is now billeted in a grand town house with every convenience, and the local cricket pavilion is used as a dining room for the Unit. As reported elsewhere he is expecting draft leave in the near future. He is now with the same lot who joined up with him, after having been separated from them for many months. Is now too far away for hitch-hicking but expects another leave before going abroad.

Rufford News.
From Mr. Bert Marsden; Gregory Edge home for 14 days leave. Jim Southworth, R.A.F. home for 7 days. Freddie Mason has joined the R.A.F. , but has not yet been called up. George Cheetham home for 7 days. George Caunce has joined the R.A.F. Raymond Caunce has been transferred from the M.G.C. to the Pioneers. Robert Pilkington, basket maker, Holmeswood, died last week.

On Leave.
Alf Rowland for few hours; William Wright, fortnight's leave on passing out of Marines after taking two courses; Tom Harrison for short leave; Billy Molyneux for fortnight with broken wrist caused by an aeroplane propeller; Matt Sutton for week's embarcation leave.

More Extracts from Letters.
Ted Barnish writes from the middle east to say “'I've had quite a number of N.L's lately but there are some missing, its great to know what’s happening at home.'' Also says "Strange things are happening in our family lately, two marriages almost together!" His letter was written on August 15th and he says that he hopes the rector had a good holiday when visiting the lads which shows that in August he had only just received the May N.Ls.
Aircraftsman Roger Watson says "I haven't met a single person that I knew in 'Civvy Street' since I joined the R.A.F. As a matter of fact there are several Tarleton and Hesketh Bank in the same part of the world as he is in, but the areas are so wide that it is easy to miss them. Still he must keep a good look out, especially amongst the R.A.S.C. personnel. Says his address has been slightly changed but the N.Ls reach him just the same. Was expecting leave but it has been cancelled. Aircraftsman Billy Sutton is on a Plain the rector knows very well, and he says "and believe me; it is plain." Anyhow he says they have an excellent canteen in the village nearby. Says he spent most of his week-end off in bed and that they only have half a day a week and one week-end a month off. They work from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and adds "When we have had a wash and a shave and have had tea, it is too late to go anywhere. Being of a cheerful disposition he adds "but I am making the best of things and we are lucky to get the things we do." Ends "Please remember me to all the lads in the Forces and to the Home Guard. The rector writes "There are still some lads who have not written to him for a long tine and he would like to hear from them, even if it is only a few lines. Remember you like reading about what others are doing and they like reading about what you are dong.

From the Home Front.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Bridge of Sollom, celebrated their golden wedding on Saturday. The rector called on them and congratulated then on behalf of the whole parish. Mrs. Bridge has been blind for many years but keeps cheerful and well. The baby son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Parkinson was christened John Brian by the rector in the Parish Church on Sunday. The road through the village is being re-asphalted. Mr. John Pickervance, Verger at the Parish Church has been ordered to bed for a week by the Doctor. By the kindness of Mrs. Knight a special Army picture, depicting certain phases of military tactics, was shown at the Queen’s Cinema on Thursday to members of the Home Guard from Tarleton, Hesketh Bank, Hoole and Longton. It was very good. This was the first of a series of such pictures to be shewn during the next few months. Tarleton Guild of Players are giving three short plays in the School on Friday night. Proceeds will be given to the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rowland have been on a visit to the Isle of Man to see Billy Benjamin and his wife, the latter being, of course their youngest daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fairburn, of Southport have a son. Mr. Fairburn is a Director of Henry Alty Ltd. and Mrs. Fairburn is Dr. Croft's only daughter. On Saturday morning one of the largest trees in the Rectory grounds, facing Coe Lane, was blown down by the storm. It fell right across the road. The rector sent for Mr Nick Taylor who came and sawed it into logs and removed the obstruction. All traffic was stopped for just over an hour. Tom Dandy is undergoing specialist electric treatment at Matlock for his leg. The specialists were amazed at the skill of the doctor's at Preston Infirmary. They could not believe that new flesh had not been grafted in. Mr. Sidney Rutter was called up to the R.A.F . on Monday. It remains to be seen whether he comes back for the usual three weeks or not. Messrs. Isaac Spenser, Builders of Penwortham, are erecting air raid shelters in the School garden along the hedge adjoining Giles Wright’s field. The rector has started a Young People's Service in the Parish Room on Sunday evenings. Ordinary Evensong is at 3 o'clock as the Church is not blacked out. L/Cpl Fred Forshaw is expecting draft leave in the very near future. Matt Sutton has just gone back to his Unit from embarcation leave. Harold Aspey goes South to join the Royal Artillery next Thursday. Tarleton Bowling Club have now raised £125 for the Forces Comfort Fund. The string of onions brought in £45. Tarleton First Team topped the Astland Bowling League for last seasons fixtures. Mr. Robert Cook, Douglas Avenue, won the Cup presented by the President of the Lancashire Beekeepers Association at the “Dig for Victory" show at Southport last Thursday.


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