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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
September 23rd 1943

My dear Boys and Girls,
Here I am back again in Tarleton after a ten days' visit to the South, which took me to Bournemouth, London, Staines and Stoke on-Trent. It was not like the old days when I could go in my car and call en route upon those of you whose billets and camps lay within easy reach of the places I passed through. Nowadays I have to go by train and that prevents me making the many visits I used to enjoy so much.
Well! we certainly are doing well and all of us at home are very proud of the lads in the fighting line. We can, of course, best show our gratitude by remembering them in our prayers. I do wish that each one of you would gather just a few more round you, go to the Chaplain and ask him to arrange a short time for mutual prayer either for a few minutes each day, or at least once aweek. Our friends in the front line deserve, and have a claim to our prayers.
With my love, my prayers and my blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend,
L.N.FORSE.

HOME FRONT NEWS:
Mrs. Ralph Whitehead (nee Mary Edmondson, Moss Lane) has presented her husband with a son.
Mrs. John Wignall (nee Margaret Latham, Hesketh Lane) has presented her husband with a son.
William Wilson is home on three month's compassionate leave. He and his wife, Bessie Forshaw, have adopted a baby boy.
Mrs. Knight gave a special Whist Drive at the British Legion on behalf of the Comforts Fund. It was most successful.
For the Home News in last week's issue we have to thank Tom Forshaw who sent the Rector a list of all the things that happened in the village while he was away at Bournemouth.
Mr. John Wignall of the paper shop at Bretherton died last week.
John Robert Coulton (works at Alty's) son of John Coulton who is head sawer at Alty's, was married on Saturday at H.B. Parish Church to Ellen Ball of Mill Lane Farm.
Mr. and Mrs. George Spencer, of Curacy House, Tarleton, have gone to live at the house they bought a few weeks ago in Moss Lane.
The resurrected Tarleton Corinthian Football Club, now composed of lads under calling up age, played the Southport Y.M.C.A. on Saturday, Result Tarleton 5, Y.M.C.A. 1.
Mere Brow Church Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday. Good attendance at all services.
On Wednesday the local Flight of the A.T.C. had a special ceremony of "hoisting the Colours" on the Church Flag Staff. The same ceremony took place on every R.A.F. aerodrome in the country.
Tarleton Horticultural Show in Church Schools next Saturday. This will include a baby competition. Full particulars in our next, with winners.
Jack Hodge joined the Navy on Tuesday.
Croston Harvest Thanksgiving last Sunday.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS:
Dvr. Robert Bond airgraphs from the C.M.F saying 'There is something you will be interested to know about. The other day I was going in a truck along the road when a fellow did the usual thing just put his thumb up. When I stopped it was Dan. Stazicker, and we spent about half an hour talking about Tarleton. We are in Sicily, in case you didn't know. Please remember me to Chuck and all the rest of the boys and girls in the Forces. Cheerio for now, and if you are as well as I am you are O. K. "
Dvr. Billy Parkinson sent his airgraph from the M.E.F. Saying "I have met Dick Johnson out here and we owe it to the N.L. that I managed to locate him. It seems hardly credible that we are both in the same Division and have never met before, and we probahly should not have met now if it had not been for the N.L. even though we are stationed quite near each other."
Pte. Nick Taylor writes his airgraph from the C.M.F. to say "Thanks for the very welcome N.L. which had been to Ireland, back to Leicester and on here to Sicily. I am writing this a bit at a time as the Jerrys are having a go at bombing and the A.A. are giving them a rousing reception, so we just have to look at it. Please give my kindest regards to Fred Carr and Ronnie Whiteside".
LAC Harry Rigby is another who sends his airgraph from the C.M.F. saying "I am now in Sicily and have been quite a time. Needless to say we are busy but so long as we keep marching northwards there are no complaints. I don't know whether Harry Harrison or Bill Parkinson are out here with the good old 8th. The country is far different from Egypt and Libya but in some respects very similar to Tunisia. The climate is hot almost unbearable. Fruit is in abundance grapes, oranges, lemons, almonds, nuts, plums and practically all that one could purchase in a high class fruiterers in England. Remember me to my brother in law Jeff Wignall, also to Nick Forshaw, Yorrie Davies, and the rest of my old acquaintances."
Corpl. John Houghton, formerly reporter for the Ormskirk Advertiser, airgraphs from B.N.A.F. to say "During my 10 months stay out here I have had 10 days in Hospital, nothing serious, and seven days' leave at a special rest camp on the Mediterranean with nothing to do but bathe in the sea. Remember me to all my Tarleton and H.B. friends and tell them I hope to see them again shortly.
L/Cpl. Frank Hewitson sends a letter from the B.N.A.F. saying "I suppose this letter will arrive somewhere around the time of your Harvest Thanksgiving. Whenever I eat one of the luscious bunches of grapes we get here I always think of either a Harvest Service or an Infirmary." I suppose it is because its a "good old English custom" again. For the first time since we came over we have had a really good billet, even with running water and showers, but, as we suspected, it was too good to last, and away we went. "
Pte. Ken Robshaw sends two letters from India, both arriving at the same time. He says "I was at a Victory 'do' the other day. There were heaps of cakes and all kinds of fruits. Late at night there was a firework display. We also had two bands playing and a small Variety Show. I was sorry when it was all over. It was a buckshee ' do' . The mail has just arrived and there are two letters for me, and one is a N.L. Remember me to Jack Walsh and all the lads in the Forces."
AC/2 Freddy Coupe sends a letter from an island in the West Indies to say, "The water is so clear here that when you dive under you can see the fish swimming about, but they go a bit too fast to catch them. I haven't seen the Duke of Windsor yet, but I may before long. Some of the scenery is marvellous; its lovely to see the bananas, lemons and oranges growing, but give me an old sycamore tree back in Tarleton any day. The majority of people here are black, but there are a few English and Americans, and nearly all the shops are run by white people. Fags are about the only things that are cheaper than in England. Players are 50 for 2/2, and Yankie brands are 20 for 4d."
Corpl. Ken Nicholson of the Royal Marines writes. "In one of your N.Ls one man writes that he has fought Italians, Germans and Japs and has visited twelve countries. Surely he realises that in the Navy we have come into contact with other enemies as well as those mentioned. I was in the Iraq campaign, and in Madagascar, and I have visited countries where soldiers never go. Of course I realise that as far as the Army is concerned he does represent a good record. Give my best regards to Jack Moss and tell him I am still single, very much so, and hope he is in good health; also to the Rowland Bros. Dick Gabbott, and all the rest of the gang."
AC John Ball (Bretherton) writes, "I can tell you that I have been lucky enough to get to one of the best camps in England. I am here on a fitter's course which lasts 20 weeks. Please remember me to all my friends in the Forces, especially O/S Sutton, Hugh, who is somewhere overseas. I have my boots to clean and brush and 1,000 other jobs to do. I shall not get leave until this course is finished except 48 hours in 8 weeks' time, which I am certainly looking forward to."
E.R.M. Dick Burns, R.N. writes "I hope you will notice my change of address and send my N.Ls on here as I do not like to do without them. I hope you will send my best congratulations to all the lads from Tarleton who have assisted to put Italy out of this unholy war. I would like also to send my best wishes to my brothers in the Forces; Jim (C.M.F.): Tom (B.N.A.F.): George (England): George West (England): Harry Forrest (M.E.F.): Also Bert and Hugh Melling, and Jimmy Leacy, and tell Jimmy I was sorry to miss him on Sunday. "
Sergeant David Hanson R.A.F. writes "I am in Bonny Scotland, but what a deserted place it seems to be. From the nearest town to this camp you can count the houses on one hand. But I cannot say much about the place yet because I have not got organised. Will you please say 'Hello' to the Harrison Brothers and to Fred Bentham for me via the N.L."
Bdr. Dick Blundell says in his letter "I quite agree that the boys from overseas should get their letters first in theN.L. for they are the ones who deserve all the credit. They have done a wonderful job and have shown that the Italians can be licked as well as their ice cream. I hope that you will note my change of address as the N.Ls still go from - to - and then on to - and so on here, but although it takes a few days longer they always come through alright. Give my kind regards to all the boys and girls from the district.
Pte: Jack Parker writes from India saying "We had a one day Bank Holiday here to celebrate the Tunisian victory. There was a field day with sports, racing (foot and horse) boxing etc. The local tribe, Khasi, took a big part in it. The loudspeaker announcements were in three languages, English, Khasi and Hindu. The weather was good, not too hot, not too cold, no rain. It was a good day and might easily have been in Sefton Park Review Field.

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