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Christmas 1942 newsletter
December 23rd 1942

New Year Greetings.

From the most Reverend the Lord Archbishop of York.

December 23rd, 1942.

Your rector has sent me copies of the “Weekly News“. This is indeed an excellent way of keeping in touch with all of you who have gone away from your parish. I wish you all a happy New Year, and hope that you will all come safely through the war and, on your return home, join in thanksgiving in your Parish Church.
Yours very sincerely,

From the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.
Bishop’s House,

The Rector has shown me some copies of the Weekly News which goes to you all, and has kindly asked me to send you a message for the New Year. Receiving this letter week by week must surely help you to feel that the fellowship of the Church to which you belong is a very real thing. You are scattered far and wide, but that makes no difference to your membership or to the interest which the Church takes in you and yours. That is a great thing to know. It must make you feel that you, on your side, are responsible for being a good representative of your Church wherever you are, and that when you get back home again you must do all you can to make it more than ever a strong and living influence. We shall all pray that 1943 will bring Peace very much nearer. We must also pray that we may all be ready and fit for the big tasks that will come with it, so that by the wisdom and power of God we may be able to build the kind of world that God wants us to have, a world in which there will be a chance for everybody.
Your sincere friend and Bishop,

Sapper Norman Barron, son of Philip Barron, came home on leave on Tuesday, and was married on Thursday at Rufford Parish Church to Mary Alice Ashcroft of Fearns Farm, Sollom. Marine Kenneth Nicholson has arrived in England and hopes to be home for the New Year. He has been away in the Pacific Ocean for two years. We much regret to say that George Hunter, son of John Hunter, Post Office, died on Thursday morning. He was discharged from the R.A.F. as unfit for service, and has been ill for some time. He was 22 years of age. His sister Marion, who married Cpl. Edwin Crabtree, had a baby son last week, and she is very ill indeed, Edwin is on compassionate leave. Last week we stated that Tom Forshaw was selling his childhood toys for the N.L. Fund. He made £7.10s for which we thank him. Tom Wilson, Hesketh Lane, was married on Boxing Day to Betty Monaghan, daughter of a Liverpool evacuee family which Mrs William Bridge (she was Phyllis Dandy, Bank Bridge) was Christened on Sunday with the names William Kenneth. The Banns of Marriage between Ruth Howard (Sollom) and Richard Baldwin (Midge Hall) were called for the first time on Sunday. Kenneth Nicholson will be home next week. Bert Melling is on leave and so is George Burns, Harry Price, Bert Price, Tom Dickinson, Jack Marsden, Kenneth Hind, Ernie Ball and Jack Robinson. Mr. Charlie Fazackerley, Hanging Bridge Farm, Sollom, died this week. Congratulations to Jimmy Parkinson, R.A.F. who has just been promoted to the rank of Corporal. Sergt. Ernie Ball and his wife have been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ball, Gorse Lane, and have now gone to Luton to visit her parents. He returns to his Unit on Thursday. We all owe Mrs. Benjamin many thanks for giving the Rector £8 towards the N.L. Fund: the proceeds of a raffle. Miss Frances Taplin asks "Would you in your N.L. give my very best wishes to Jack's beloved brother Walter, whom I have yet to meet, which will be a great pleasure indeed, also my fondest love to Jack." Both Jack Moss and his brother Walter are abroad, and may easily meet when Generals Montgomery and Anderson join hands.

Dvr. Sid Bail writes "You will see by the address that we have moved again. It is much better as we have a Cinema once a fortnight and a Dance once a week. I would like to send my best wishes to all the boys in the Forces and also to thank Dick Blundell for the chat we had when we were at home. Dvr. Arthur Worth says "Although I shall not be home for Christmas my thoughts will be of happy memories of the Church at Christmas time. I have been put on the permanent staff as a Driver Instructor. I have some thrilling times with the lads in teaching them how to drive. My hair nearly stands on end with the exciting moments," O.T. John Webster, R.N., writes "on coming back from leave I found several items of news in the N.L. which I had never heard of when I was at home. I have settled down to the routine once again, and am 'steaming on' with the course, as we say in the Navy," Pte. Matt Sutton writes "Here's an airgraph which I hope will reach you before Christmas. I have quite recently passed through a number of places famous in Biblical history, including the Holy City." Gunner J. Rimmer begins. 'It is my pleasure to wish you and all the people of Tarleton a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. I should have been home for Christmas, but at this time of the year we cooks are most needed.” Dvr. Richard Taylor says "I was just about to send a letter as I was wondering if you had stopped sending the N. L. as I did not get one for 3 weeks, when one turned up yesterday. I usually go to the Congregational Church on Sunday morning. We have an hour's discussion on various religious topics in the same Church every Tuesday morning.” Dvr. Wm. Bridge writes "Christmas is coming near so I want you to send my hearty wishes to all my pals abroad and at home, especially to Dick Sephton. My pal, who comes from Sheffield comes often with me to the Church down the street, and we are expecting to be able to go to all the Services round Christmas." Pte. Wm. Seddon says "I am now stationed in a nice country place and have my wife and little boy here for a few days. It is a change for all of us. Will you please thank the Mothers' Union for their kindness in sending me 5/ " Mrs. Seddon (Alice Fazackerley) also sends a short letter with her husband's, saying, "We are staying at a house near Church. Quite a nice few people go to Church here. We had the sirens as soon as we got here." Petty Officer Nick Forshaw says, "I thought I would write and let you know I do appreciate the N.L. very much, and more than ever now that I am away from home ports. I must add that the N.L. was the first letter I received when I arrived in port. I have had a few exciting times since I left Tarleton and seen some very nice foreign ports. It is very hard to realise that it is only a few weeks to Christmas for the weather here is more like that we used to have during Preston holiday week. Pte. Tom Harrison, R.A.V.C. writes "I think I was amongst the first few to receive the first N.L.s you sent out. If people only knew how big a part horses are still taking in this war they would be surprised. Would you please give, through your N.L., my best thanks to the Bowling Club for their gift of 30/-, and also to the M.U. for sending me 5/ . P/E.R.M. Dick Burns, R.N. says "You will find in this letter a Christmas card not as of much value as what my thoughts are. Also a photograph of myself in ‘ tiddly’ which was taken whilst on leave. Please pass on my best wishes to my brothers and brothers law in H.M. Forces, and also to all my friends on Active Service wherever they may be. Also please thank the M.U.; W.V.S.; and British Legion Women for their most generous gifts." Corporal Robert Moss, R. A.F. writes "What a happy Christmas it would be if only all the lads and lasses were back in their respective homes. As I mentioned before I just missed getting Christmas leave, but I am coming home at the New Year.“ L.A.W. Margaret Moss, W.A.A.F. says “Hope you will like the Christmas card and it goes with my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. On Sunday the W.A.A.F. invited the children of the village to a party. We collected and bought each one a present. They had a huge tea; then a Mickey Mouse film, and, of course, Father Christmas to give them their presents from the tree. It will be a day they will always remember. We have another Padre, this time Australian. I haven’t had the opportunity of speaking to him yet, but everyone seems to like him.“Marine Kenneth Nicholson says, "At last I have put foot on English soil and am looking forward to being home in the New Year. Those Tarleton lads in the Navy who join the Fleet I have just left will meet one of our greatest and finest Admirals. To hear him speak gives you confidence. He always sails with his Fleet, and he has gone to no end of trouble to make life easier for us serving in climates not used to white people." Stoker William Melling, (H.B.) begins "Here are a few lines to thank you for your N.L. which I have received to-day. I have not had a letter from anyone for the past 9 month, so, so you can tell how much I have changed my address. It would be very kind of you to mention me to Tom Spencer in your N.L. Tell him I have spent a few weeks in Madagascar. Please remember me to Bill Sutton R.A.F.


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