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July 20th 1944
No. 224 - Issued weekly since May 1940

Rector's Weekly News.
My dear Boys, and Girls,
It has given me the greatest pleasure to receive so many letters from our lads in France, which is now known as the B.W.E.F. (British Western Europe Force). You must admit that it realy is delightful to know that even in the midst of the turmoil of the front line you can yet spare a few minutes to think of me, and even to write to me. My letter bag this week has been enormous and I have not been able to give extracts from all that I have received. But I hope in another fortnight, to issue another double number when I will try and get a little more straight in this respect. But if you are thinking of me, I can assure you that I am continually thinking of you, and praying for you. But that, of course, you know.
Already we are busy making preparations to welcome you all back to the old village. And that will be a day! We have a good Committee, of which I am Chairman, to see that after the welcome you are not left stranded. We are going to see that you get good work, good pay, good houses, and good treatment in every way. We are going to put you lads who are now serving on the priority list for all these good things; and if I am spared I will do my utmost to see that you get them all.
With every payer of mine for your health and safety, and with every Blessing I am able to bestow,
ever your affectionate brother,

On Monday afternoon old Mr. Samuel Harrison (Lives in Chuch Rd. next to Websters) who walks with the aid of two sticks, was just passing Toppings on the pavement when a lorry with trailer passed. The trailer broke loose swerved on to pavement, caught Mr. Harrison and flung him clean into the trailer. Immediate help was forthcoming and Mr. Harrison taken in ambulance to Sharoe Green Hospital where he was found to have two clean breaks in his right leg, one above and one below the knee. He is doing well.
Mrs. Hugh Cross (Annie Barron), is in Preston Infirmary and is very ill.
Hesketh Bank old Church Sunday last Sunday.
Choir Festival at Hesketh Lane Methodist Chapel on Sunday last. Special Music and Oratorio.
Arthur Parkinson, Moss Lane, son of Mr. Herbert Parkinson, who in last week's issue was reported to have gained his B.Sc (Horticulture) at Reading University, has this week been informed that he has been awarded the University Prize for Horticulture, a much coveted distinction.

On Leave: Harry Cookson, Robert Parkinson, James Latham, Frank Hewitson, Alan Jay, Arthur Barron, John Croft, Fred Tiffen.

Longton has just sent out its first Parish News Letter. It will be sent monthly to all Longtonians away in the Forces.
The rector took the members of his Bible Class on their first annual trip to Blackpool on Monday. Left Tarleton at 8 a.m. and returned at 10 p.m.
Tom Wickham, son of Dr. Bruce, who is now a Sergt. in the R.A.F. has just returned to England after training in Canada. He has also just got his wings.
We have to thank Mrs. Tatham of Hesketh Lane Post Office for quite a lot of news from her end of the parish. She telephones it to the rector who passes it on through the N.L.
Rufford Annual Agricultural Show on Saturday afternoon last.
Jack Robinson and Arthur Harrison have met on the Beach-head Normandy.
Fred Taylor, Hesketh Lane, has sent the rector a picture of St. Peter's, Rome, which he says he enjoyed seeing.
The rector has arranged a series of talks to the Mothers and Wives of men now serving with the Forces to help them when their men come home. Mrs. Askwith, the wife of our Bishop, will give the first talk, then will come one by a high official of the British Legion, and another by an equally high official of the Ministry of Pensions, afterwards questions may be asked.

Stoker Jack Twist writes from his Ship, "I had the pleasure of seeing two Submarine Sailors from H.B. on my travels; one was Bill Ball and the other Arthur Taylor. I only saw them for a few hours, but it was grand to see someone from home. Please remember me to all the girls and boys, and especially to the lads in the thick of the fighting."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from B.W.E.F. "Thanks for Magazine and N.Ls which, for the past four years, have never failed to reach me. As I sat gazing at the front cover of the Magazine last Sunday out here in France, you can imagine where my thoughts were. To all out here, and in the Forces, Good Luck, Keep Smiling, and an early re-union. To my brother-in-law Nick Forshaw, Good Luck, and hoping to see you soon, Nick."
O/Tel John Webster writes from his Ship "We had some fresh fish the other day, because after dropping a depth charge quite an amount of fish were blown up; so we out with line and buckets and did some fishing. 'Fish and chips' was a very common meal for a few days after. Remember me to all the boys especially John Sutton, Jack Hague and Bert. Fawke - and tell the last that I sat for my Tel exam and passed."
Dvr. Fred Taylor writes from C.M.F. "I have had a very nice morning. Went out to wash my waggon down, and my mate went with me. We ended up by having a very nice swim in the big lake that the 8th Army have just taken. I hear that my old mate from the Brickworks Tom Rimmer, is somewhere in France. Will you please remember me to him and say I hope he is O.K. Also the same to John Hornby, Jim Latham, Arthur Worth and Eddie Farrell, and wish them all the best of luck for me."
Pte R.H. (Bob) Barron writes from B.W.E.F. "I have arrived in France. I landed the day after D Day, and I shall never forget the experience. I get the N.L. every week regularly and I appreciate them very much. The Lads in my section always look forward to it coming and enjoy reading it. Remember me to my brother Arthur and my old pal Walter Rawsthorne, and send him my best regards. I hope to meet him very soon."
Dvr. William Parkinson writes from B.W.E.F. "This is a country which you know well and I am looking forward to having a chat with you about it when I come home. I am not getting on too well with my French, but I hope to improve as times goes on; but I hope that I shall not be here long enough to know it all, but perhaps we can have a confab in French when I return."
Cpl. Jimmy Burns writes from B.W.E.F. "I have just had the luck to meet one of my old pals out here in France whom I have not seen for 5 years. Who do you think it was? Bill Bridge of Rufford who married Phyllis Dandy of Bank Bridge. You will know him O.K. We were both going the same way on our M/C, so you can think what happened. We had a long chat about old times and new times and times to come. The first thing Bill said was "We must write and tell the rector about this:" and we agreed on it, so I am keeping my agreement with him. Remember me to my brothers Tom (C.M.F.) Dick (M.E.F.) and George (B.W.E.F.) and my brothers-in-law Harry Forrest (M.E.F.) and George West, and my many pals in the big Pool."
Sapper Herbert Parkinson writes from B.W.E.F. "I don't know whether any Tarleton lads have written to you from this address (B.W.E.F.) but when you see it you will know that they are somewhere in France. I landed here on D Day, four hours after Zero hour. So once again with so many of our lads over here, Tarleton is in the limelight. I must thank you for the N.Ls which I am receiving regularly."
Cpl. Jimmy Sutton writes from C.M.F. "At last we have a few hours rest from chasing Jerry so I am taking the opportunity to drop you a few lines. At the moment I am sitting on a hillside with a lovely view in front of me, and only yesterday that same lovely view was a battlefield for our own and enemy tanks. We had a good view of it all. We have felt like kings recently with all the people lining the streets and cheering as we advanced through the towns and villages, giving us wine, cheerio etc. A week or two ago I was in Cassino, or I should have said what was Cassino, it is just a heap of debris now. Remember me to my brother-in-law William Ball; aIso to Bert Miller (H.B.) and Bert Barron of Sollom."
Sgt. Ernie Ball writes from an A.P.O. address in England "Since moving down south it has been eat, sleep and work, with plenty of the latter. I flew almost over Tarleton a week ago. We went over Wales, Isle of Man, Scotland, Blackpool etc. at 3,000 ft. I could see the Tower very plainly. Three weeks ago I was attached to the Yankee Air Force. It was marvellous, especially when meal time came round, Pineapple, Pears and Cream for a sweet after lunch."
Dvr. S. Iddon (Hoole) writes from C.M.F. "I am writing this under a mosquito net as flies are plentiful at this time of year in Italy. Still I think it a dream compared with other places I have been to since leaving England. Tell Cpl. Tom Tindsley and a few other cricket fans from Tarleton that I am enjoying a little sport during a nice break from all the noise and din. Remerber me to Abel Bickerstaffe who, I see from one of the N.Ls, has got married to one of your village girls."
Dvr. Fred Bentham writes "Three days before the invasion started I was taken to hospital with appendicitis, and since then have been in 4 different hospitals. I am doing fine now and should soon be fit again. I haven't received any N.L. for 6 weeks, as they will have gone to my regiment in Normandy. Give my best wshes to all in the Forces.

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