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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
June 3rd 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
I am writing this on Ascension Day and, as usual, all the Schools have a holiday and the flag is flying from the Church flagstaff. Ascension Day proclaims the triumph of the Power of God over all that is evil; the return of the Conqueror when His warfare had been accomplished. I pray, most sincerely, that in a lesser degree you may all be spared to enjoy a triumphant return, and that very soon. It will then be for us all to make the world worthy of the sacrifices that have been endured.
With all my prayers and love,
Ever your affectionate friend,
L.N. FORSE.

HOME FRONT NEWS.
Mrs. Vincent Heyward, Kearsly Avenue has presented her husband with their first child.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barron (Carr Lane) was christened on Sunday with the names Malcolm Robert. Robert Bamber (head of the firm R. Bamber and Sons, Preston, Potato Merchants) was buried in Tarleton Churchyard on Saturday. He was 69 years of age. His son Joe was the Rector's batman in the last war from 1914 to 1916.
William Henry Walker, of Penwortham, was buried in Tarleton Churchyard on Saturday, He was 57 years of age. His wife was Manx Maggie's daughter and was a niece of Luckster Bob. Hence his connection with Tarleton.
Jim Wright, son of Widow Wright of Kearsley Avenue, and who married one of the Dalton girls from Croston, has been called up.
Ralph and Harry Whitehead, George Farrington, Matt. Farrington, are on embarkation leave, also Charlie Wright (Tabby Nook.)
Tom Tindsley, Ronnie Johnson, Jeffrey Wignall, Tom Dickinson, on leave.
The lads of the local A.T.C. Squadron went by a specially chartered bus to a nearby aerodrome and were taken up for flights on Friday.
Kathleen Topping and Joyce Barnes got up a Dance on Friday evening for the N.L. Fund. They made a net profit of £20, for which we all thank them. Mrs. Knight gave a pair of Clogs to be raffled .They made £2.1.8, and Mrs. Knight doubled it. Vincent Heyward won them. Mrs. Robinson, Mrs.Gregson and Mrs. George Spencer looked after the Refreshments.
When Jack Robinson was home on leave a few weeks ago he put the name of his Padre's dog on a raffle ticket for a pyrex dish with cover. The draw was last week and the dog's ticket won the dish.
Silcocks have promised to bring their Round a bouts etc. for the Church Tea Party.
During the past few weeks while the Rector's car has been at Preston undergoing repairs, he has borrowed Mr. James Forshaw's Confectionary van, a Ford 8, and has driven it himself to Mere Brow every Sunday afternoon to take the Service.
Banns called out on Sunday between Henry Whittle, coalmerchant, Coe Lane End, and Margaret Sephton of Rufford, (2nd time); also between Thomas Ashcroft, of Holmeswood, Rufford, and Edie Spencer, Curacy House, Tarleton (1st time).
Charlie Mayor, of Mere Brow, who recently married Janey Iddon is seriously ill in Southport Infirmary.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS:
L.A.C. Harry Rigby sends an airgraph from the M.E.F. saying "We received the news yesterday about 17.00 hours of the fall of Tunis which, incidentally, fell just half an hour before schedule. Perhaps later we shall be able to give you more information about our activities during the campaign all the way fron Alamein. It was with great sorrow that I heard of my friend Bobbie Moss being killed in an air accident, and also about Yorrie Davies being reported missing after a raid on Germany. I have received gifts from the Bowling Club, Conservatives, British Legion, Methodist Young Ladies and Mothers Union. Will you please thank them through the N.L. Give my kind regards to Nick Forshaw, Ronnie Iddon and all my former friends."
A.B.Jack Marsden R.N. writes from his ship which is now far away. "This Easter was just like any other day to me as we have been at sea all the time, although we had a short Service on the Quarter Deck on Easter Day, but I was unable to attend as I was on watch at the time. It is very hot where we are and I am writing this letter with the least amount of clothes on as possible. I am certainly losing quite a lot of sweat. I've got the middle watch tonight. Please remember me to the girls and lads who are away, especially to my pal Sid Ball and my old work mates Bob Hull and Bill Harrison."
Dvr. Billy Harrison (not the one mentioned above) writes from North Africa to say "It really is grand to think that the people at home have us in their thoughts. I was surprised to hear that Sid Bail and John Caunce are over here and I hope they come my way. I am sure they will enjoy it. I would like to be remembered to all the lads and lasses away from home, and especially to my brother Tom in India, hoping that he is in as good spirits as I am. I have been bathing in the Mediterranean and wasn't it good!"
Dvr. Dick Sephton (Rufford) writes from the M.E.F. saying "I am now quite fit again and will be back with some working Coy. very soon. I hear quite a lot about you and Tarleton from my twin sisters. It is very hot again here and I really do not like the idea of doing a lot of training, so I hope that I get posted very soon and get this lot over with. Oh! to be back in dear old Rufford again. It is now three years since I was at home. I had a P.C. from James Martland yesterday and he seems to be doing fine. My kindest regards to all my boy and girl friends."
L/Cpl. Frank Hewitson (Hoole) writes from North Africa to say "The heat is on the increase, bringing with it a correspondingly increase in the number of flies to torment us. I don't know what summer will be like when it comes. I showed your Mothering Sunday card to some French people I was friendly with and they were very intrigued with it. Imagine what a time I had, though, trying to explain to them what it was all about. I have been able to visit some very interesting ruins.
Sapper Dick Johnson writes from the M.E.F. "I was in Tunis a few days ago and everywhere the population seem to be overjoyed at the arrival of British Troops. Very likely it will be a surprise to you to hear that I was up at the end of the recent fighting. Its in the papers how part of the 8th Army made a detour and eventually arrived up here. Well, I was with this lot. It does not seem to be quite as hot as in Egypt. Quite a number of prisoners are on the roads making their way back to the p.o.w. cage. The R.A.F. have been giving the Germans the biggest hammering of their lives. They have been keeping up a non stop blitz. A few of your N.Ls have arrived during the past few days."
Corpl. Billy Benjamin sends a letter saying "I am going on Church Parade tonight and have been put in charge of the parade. At the village here it has been "Wings for Victory" week, and so they are having a mass Church Parade. The weather here has been great and we are working all day in our shirt sleeves. Please give my kind regards to my three brothers in law in the Forces, also to all the lads and lasses from Tarleton, especially to Jack Hague whom I just missed seeing last week end."
O/Tel. John Webster says "It is quite different living in a ship to naval camp and barracks. We have been busy all day as we have been giving the 'old Tub' a good spring cleaning. When I read your account in the Parish Mag. about all your old servers having joined up and now far away from home, it brought back to me the night we all went to Preston and had our photo's taken, and then went to the New Vic. Picture Palace and saw "The Lion has Wings". Those days seem far off now. I should be obliged if you will please remember me to Bert Fawke my old ship mate, and Jack Hague, and say "Good Luck and safe trips". Also to John Sutton and all the lads and lassies in the Forces." Rfn. Charlie Wright (Chuck) writes : "A few weeks ago I received the crossed swords for being a first class shot, and I have won quite a few prizes in addition. Well, there goes the dinner call, and I can't miss this Sunday dinner, the best in the week. Please remember me to my old pal R. Bond, in North Africa. I didn't send him his airgraph last week." Corpl. Doris Molyneux, W.A.A.F. writes "I think that the good news of the progress of the war is making everyone feel as if their hard work is showing some result, and encouraging them to greater effort. We are still having plenty to keep us busy here and lots of entertainments. I am hoping to be home about the 12th of next month for a couple of days. I believe that Holmeswood are holding their annual Tea party this year in spite of the war, so am hoping to be home for that."
Gunner Arthur Harrison, who is somewhere in the land of perpetual day, or night, writes "I received your ever welcome N.L. on Saturday night. It is always welcome here; (as you say, Sir, in the N.L. it is out in the far, far, north.) I was only thinking the other day about the Churchyard and all the lovely flowers. I am looking forward to coming home to spend a few hours tidying up the graves and cutting the grass. Will you please give my love to my sister in law Vera Iddon. Tell her I have not forgotten her. To Nick Forshaw I say "Keep smiling and good luck." please remember me to all my many friends. Fus. Abel Bickerstaffe sends a letter saying "I have been very fortunate in my moves lately. After being stationed at .... for a considerable time I have now been posted to ...., which is considerably nearer home. I generally manage to get home for a few hours at weekends, which I can assure you, I appreciate very much."

 

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