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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
July 13th 1944
No. 223 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear Boys and Girls,
I have been going through my letter bag and I find that there are just a very few from whom I have never received a letter. This is rather surprising when one considers that I sit down every week and take a good deal of trouble to write a letter to each one of you. Many of you have already received 223 such letters from me.
Will those who have not written so far send along a line in return for the 223 letters, or thereabout, I have written to them?
"Where there's a will, there's a way", was one of my mother's most constant sayings. How true that is has been shown by the really wonderful effort our country has made during the past four years. After Dunkirk one would scarcely have thought that our recovery could be so rapid. Fixed determination combined with united effort have brought us once again to the top and have enhanced our prestige and made us the admiration of the world. This in things material. But no nation can survive for long if its soul is dead. "Where there is no vision", said the wise prophet of old, "the people perish". It is for us now to look ahead and show the same fixed determination and combined effort in preparing ourselves spiritually for the great task of overcoming the spiritual forces of evil which would enslave the world. And let us pray that a great leadar will arise amongst us who will inspire us, and encourage us to persevere to this end. A Winston Churchill in the spiritual sphere of life is what the world now wants.
With my love, my prayers and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate fellow-worker,
L.N. FORSE.

Home Front News.
The Banns of marriage between LAC Peter Barton of High Park, Southport, and Ellen (Nelly) Hodson of Kearsley Avenue, were called in Tarleton Parish Church for the first time on Sunday.
Olive Kathleen Hill, of Bank Hall Farm, was married in Bretherton Parish Church on Saturday morning to Corporal Frederick William Derrick, R.A.F. of Southport. The rector of Tarleton officiated. Reception and Wedding breakfast at Bank Hall Farm.
Norah Ashcroft, Fearns Farm, Sollom, was married in Rufford Parish Church on Saturday afternoon to A.B.S.T. Joseph John Martland, R.N. of Stocks Farm, Hoscar, Burscough. The rector officiated. Receiption and wedding breakfast at Fearns Farm. A.B.S.T. Martland's boat was one of those that escorted H.M. the King on his recent visit to the beach-head in Normandy.
Thomas Coulton, Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, received the Degree of Batchelor of Architecture at Liverpool University, on Saturday last. This qualifies him to put the letters B. Arch. after his name.
Arthur Parkinson, younger son of Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane, has received the Degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in horticulture, at Reading University. It will be remembered that some two years ago, while in camp with the Officers' Training Corps, he injured the cartilage of his knee, which necessitated an operation and made him unfit for further military service.
A two months old pedigree colt belonging to Mr. John Coulton, brother of Tom Coulton, Fermor Road, has just been shod at Tarleton smithy, in preparation for competing at the local shows such as Hoole etc.
We record with deep regret that Mrs. Jones (nee Annie Ball of Chapel House Farm, Tarleton Moss) has been informed officially that her husband, Corpl. John Jones died of wounds in Normandy on June 21st. Mrs.Jones has two children, a girl aged nearly 5 and a boy of 2.
Two boys who had escaped from a Remand Home on Monday stole two lads bicycles from Mere Brow School and made off with them, The Police were informed, the boys were caught and the bicycles returned to their owners .
The infant daughter of Bombadier and Mrs. Wilkinson (nee EvelynTaylor, Kearsley Avenue) was christened at Tarleton Parish Church on Sunday last and received the names of Penelope Anne.
Garden Party at the Methodist Tennis Court, Sutton Lane, on Saturday. The rector lent his Aunt Sally and other garden party paraphenalia. Very wet day.
Mrs. Leslie Carr (nee Doris Bentham) Kearsley Avenue, has presented her husband with a baby girl.
The Fair Ground at Southport has re-opened.
Mrs. Bolton, West View Hoole, (nee Sally Duckworth), has presented her husband with a baby boy.

On Leave:- Edwin Hodson, Billy Whittle (48 hrs), Eric Booth (8hrs), Jack Marsh, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Marsh, Sutton Avenue, has won a County Scholarship to Hutton Grammar School.
Some London evacuee children are expected to arrive in Tarleton within the next few days. Billets are already being prepared for them.

Extracts from Letters.
Dvr. Jack Robinson writes from B.W.E.F. "thanks for the N.Ls. which I receive every week without fail. All I am allowed to say is that I am somewhere in France. I am quite near to one of my old mates, Tootill, whom you know. Sorry to hear about the death of my old S.S. Teacher, Tom Parkinson. He will be much missed by all. I have not seen alot of the villages and towns out here, but have just passed through them. Remember me to all in the Forces, especially my cousin Vera, and Arthur Harrison." (If Jack keeps his eyes skinned he may see Arthur any day.)
Dvr. Tom Alty writes from B.W.E.F. "I am in France. I arrived here on D Day but it was very quiet. I was expecting it a bit hotter than that. I am getting the N.Ls quite regularly over here and I am very thankful for them. They let you in on all the dope. One thing that strikes you in France is the lovely Churches; every village has a big one. I don't think we shall be long in finishing Hitler off now and then we all breathe freely again."
Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow) writes this from B.W.E.F. "It is a boiling hot afternoon as I write this letter outside our old waterproof sheeting which we make do for a tent. Glad to say we are getting our mail through now, but even when I was without mail for about 9 days what should come sailing through but a couple of N.Ls. Note new address. I think this Coy changes its address quicker than I could change pound notes at Blackpool. I understand from the lads who have come out since we arrived here that civvies back in England think they know more about the war than we do! Here's wishing you and all the lads and lassies in the Forces the very best and a speedy return to their homes".
LAC Roger Watson airgraphs from India "The N.L's continue to arrive and I am most thankful for them, and for the abundance of news which they bring. There is little I can say except that the last few months have been very long ones. Please remember me to all in the Forces especially to Dick Rymer, Malcolm Parkinson, Freddy Coupe. My best wishes to them all. I am amazed at the way you get through all your work."
ERN Dick Burns airgraphs from his ship "Since I wrote to you I have been on 7 days leave, but it was not much of a rest as I was travelling most of the time getting around to some of the famous places out here, but owing to the censor I can't say where. One thing I saw when I was on the move; it really was Ancient and Modern:- people ploughing by oxen, and oxen drawing water from the wells to flood the land, and less than 100 yds away was an air field with many different kinds of aircraft. I have located Tom Dickinson out here but up to date have not seen him".
Stoker William Hudson (Mere Brow) airgraphs from his ship " I have changed my address, but I am still receiving the N.Ls. Without them I should feel lost especially being out here with nothing to do. I would like you, via the N.L., to tell Tom Sutton, R.E.M.E. from Holmeswood that I am still waiting to see him out here. Tell him there are plenty of black women. I am very well and happy. Remember me to all the boys especially C. Wright (Chuck),Robert Bond and all the rest".
Dvr, Joe Wait airgraphs from C.M.F. "N.L's arriving regularly. I see that quite a number of local lads are out here in Italy and so I am keeping my eyes open with the hope of meeting some of them. I hope you received my airgraph saying that Walter Moss is also in the same Unit as I am. I am still having a very good time and keeping in the best of health. My best wishes to all in the Forces, especially my brothers Edgar and George, Tom Spencer and Harry Iddon".
Sign. Edward Harrison writes from B.W.E.F. "No N.L's for several weeks now, no doubt on account of my constant change of address, but now I am in France I expect this will be my permanent address until we have finished Jerry off. It is surprising how one misses the N.L. when one has been used to receiving it. I don't think it will be long before we are all back in England and wars finished with for good and ever".
AC. Freddy Coup writes from Nassau "It is getting very hot again down here and the sand flies and mosquitos are returning once again, and we are busy with the flit gun. I had a letter from Roger Watson this week. It took four months to come, but better late than never. He seems very well, but he is in the wilds and there is nothing to do. Remember me to all the boys, especially to those on the war fronts".
Dvr. John Caunce who numbers his letter No. 43, airmails from C.M.F. "A week ago I was taking my waggon to fetch some spare parts when smoke and flames came out of the engine. I crushed the brakes on, got hold of the dash panel, gave one big pull and the next thing I knew was that I found the dash panel in my hands and all the wiring torn away. I got the pyrene and put the fire out, but a lot of the liquid went on my face. I reported sick as I could not see out of my left eye. The M.O. says I should regain my normal sight. But now to finish the tale. When I put the electric wires back I had some difficulty in getting them in their right places. But when I had finished I completed my journey without further mishap".
Dvr. Harry Price writes " Today I received a News Letter from you; but this one has travelled quite a few thousand miles, as I can read on the envelope my address in India, Iraq, Persia, Russia, M.E.F., with, of course, last of all the U.K. Now I wonder if anyone can beat this land record of one of your N,L's. It is dated 7.3.43., and I must say 'Thank you!' as it will remain a real souvenir of my service abroad. If you can sqeeze space please pass on my best wishes and regards to Bert, Tom Tindsley, and Hubert, George Almond and Frank Foster in your next issue. The latter 'F.F.' is, I hear, in a Transit Camp I know well, Deolali, India."
LAC. Tom Southworth writes "I did receive one of your N.L's the other day, and I see that plans are being made in Tarleton for 'after the war'. I have no doubt that, as far as Tarleton is concerned, all that can be done will be done, but taking a wider view (and we sometimes discuss the subject) I am afraid that many of us are far from convinced that things will be much better than they were after the last war. However, we must hope for the best".
Pte. George Farrington writes "We may be a long way off Normandy up here, but I think we have done our bit towards the success of the Second Front by turning out the stuff they used and are using, so please excuse me for not writing so often. I am in the pink and am receiving the N.L's very regularly."
Pro. W.R.N. Muriel Hind writes: "I am now training at the above address and shall probably be here another fortnight, and then shall be drafted. On the whole I am enjoying this life very much; the food is exceptionally good and wholesome. We have just been to Church Parade and Inspection. To-night a few of us are going to Evensong in the Castle Chapel. This camp is situated in a most picturesque spot, and the facilities are very good for a camp. "
Second Officer D. Willlis Little, W.R.N.S. writes: Wren Swift (Agnes Rigby) tells me you kindly lent us all the marvelous side shows for our Garden Party on Saturday. We are most grateful to you and it made all the difference to us. It was just what we wanted for a cheery party and I just don't know what we should have done without them. Please accept our most grateful thanks. Aunt Sally, dressed as a Petty Officer Wren, was a lovely sight!"
Sergt.Maurice Haskell writes: " I receive the N.L as regular as clockwork each week. The Course I commenced when I came off leave mostly consists of Technical, Theory, Morse, and how to manipulate Gun Turrets. All very interesting work. Will you please remember me in the N.L. to Eva Foulds, David Hanson, and Alan Jay, and wish all the others the best of Luck for me. Hoping to see you all in the near future."
AC2 Henry Moss (Mere Brow) writes: ''I am settling down in my new surroundings which are not exactly as rural and peaceful as Mere Brow. There is plenty of amusement if one has got the money, but the course I am on, being one of the most advanced in radio, does not permit very much time in the evenings. When I pass out from here in six weeks' time I shall be a Radar Mechanic - one who maintains the gear, range, altitude and direction of airborne reconnaissance."
LACW Margaret Moss (Henry's sister), writes: "We are all hoping that leave will be starting again soon. It is now six months since I was home - rather a long time. However, the news is good and everyone round here is confident that victory will come soon. I have settled down in my new station and like the place very much, but I did not like the idea of leaving my brother-in-law Tom Harrison, in the R.A.V.C. and best wishes to all in the Forces from Tarleton."
LAC John Sutton writes: "I must be the worlds worst for writing to other people, it takes me all my time to write at all, even home, as my mother could tell you. 'We keep slogging along at the same old job, keeping our 'planes well supplied with 'iron rations', and believe me they take some keeping up at times. Did Hugh Melling ever mention to you in his letters that I have come across him two or three times at one of the places we go to? I can tell you, I was glad to see someone from Tarleton after never meeting anyone whom you really know. The weather here is very bad. I asked a bloke if they ever had any summer. He said they got nine months winter, three months bad weather and summer comes on a Wednesday afternoon if they are lucky."
Pte. Joe Power writes: "I am now stationed in another depot, too far from home, of course, awaiting my turn to have a cruise. This is a very nice little village and the people locally are very decent and help us as much as possible. There is not much more I can really add, or ciso the censor will have a stiff wrist with too much 'blue pencilling'. I am 100% better now I am in the fresh air all day. You couldn't believe the difference it made to one after being imprisoned underground for 2 1/2 years. Remember me to W Melling, R.N., and Fred Carr, who I believe is in N.Africa."
Staff-Sergeant Instructor George Hardcastle writes: "You will notice that I have been promoted. I am not so busy these days although I expect to be again when the Cadet summer camps start. A few weeks ago I was rushed off my feet. I travelled 730 miles in one week on the motor cycle, so that alone took up a lot of time, and yet it was only between my actual work".
Sapper George Barker writes: "We have left our old job at the dam for six weeks during which we are undergoing some stiff training. Of course we are now Monty's men so you will understand what we are going through. I very often see a lad from Hoole by the name of L/Cpl. Fred Patterson. I though he would like to know how most of the lads were going on, so I showed him the N.L., and wasn't he pleased! He saw Frank Foster's name and he asked me when next I wrote to you to see if you could make room in the N.L. to remember him to Frank, and foward his best wishes!"
D vr. Robert Parkinson writes: "I paid a visit to Lincoln Cathedral a few weeks ago, and I must say it is a fine sight. We don't get the chance of going to Communion here, and its very seldom that we get a Service, and even then it is held in the Workshops. Give my kind regards to my brother in France and wish him, for me, the best of luck and a safe return, and here's hoping to see him in Tarleton again very soon.
Corpl Will Riding R.A.F. writes: "On receiving the last N.L. I passed it on to my O.C. I have not yet heard his comments but I will let you know when I do. To-day the weather is glorious, very warm with bright sunshine and a cloudless sky, making me wonder what it is like at Tarleton."
Gunner Harry Harrison writes: "I cannot say much about the new place at which I have just arrived, but with regard to the Billets they are very comfortable and the food is very good indeed. I've never had food like it before while I have been in the Army. Very different to what we had when I was in North Africa. Please remember me through the N.L. to my brothers Dick and Billy, also my cousins and pals, also John Ball."
L/Cpl Matt Sutton writes: "At the moment I am away on a course of physical training. P.T. is far more enjoyable than it used to be in the days of old before I went abroad. They seem to get one 'fit' now with the minimum amount of exertion. The best of luck to all the boys away, may it not be long before they are back again to the finest spot in the world".

Brain Busters.
In the following sentence one letter of the Alphabet, and always the same one, has been omitted whenever it occurs. Find the letter and make sense of the sentence.
UNASYLISTHHADTHATWARSTHCROWN

If wages rise 10% and then fall 10% , does the workman gain or lose?
Also if wages fall 10% and then rise 10%, does the workman gain or loose?

The Smith girls used to go out 2 at a time, one pair on every day of the week except Monday (washing day), but never the same 2 girls on any day of the week. What is the smallest number of Smith girls there could have been in the family?
Answers at end of page.

Wit and humour.
"To-day", said the young curate, "I have preached to a congregation of asses."
"Then that was why you continually called them 'Beloved Brethren!" replied the Churchwarden.

Why is a man making a morning call like one taking the first steps to matrimony?
1. He comes to a door (adore).
2. He seeks a bell (belle).
3. He produces a ring.
4. He gives it to the maid.
5. He sometimes gets let in.

Mr. Churchill is credited with the following conundrum.
What is the difference between a candidate for Parliament and an elected M.P.
One stands for a place and the other sits for it.

Answers to 'Brain Busters'.
The missing letter is 'e'. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.
He loses in both cases. As an example make his wages exactly £100 per annum. a 10% rise makes them £110; a 10% fall on this brings them down to £99, a fall of 1% below his original wage. Conversely a 10% fall on £100 makes his wages £90, while a 10% rise on this sum would only bring them up to £99. Yet on the surface one would think that in each case the workman would get back to his original wage.
There were 4 Smith girls. Call them a,b,c,d,. They went out: AB, AC, AD, BC,BD, CD, i.e, six different pairs.


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