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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
August 10th 1944
No. 227 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear boys and girls,
Here comes the promised double number. As you will see from this, and the past few issues, letters have come pouring in from the lads on the Second Front. It naturally gives me great pleasure to find that even in the midst of Battle, you, and many others, think of me and what I am trying to do for you.
I know what you are going through, for, as you know, I had five years war service abroad, and was is the midst of many a bloody battle. I was taken prisoner in a hand to hand fight between our lads and the Germans, but before that I was twice surrounded by the Germans and crept through their lines to safety on my stomach, on one occasion when they spotted me and turned their machine guns on me. But, by the Grace of God I came through, and here I am. And I know what strength I got from prayer and complete trust in God. My most persistent prayer to-day is that you do not lose your souls while you are winning the war; but I do not think you will.
With my love, my blessing and all my prayers,
ever your affectionate brother in Christ,
L.N.FORSE.

HOME FRONT NEWS.
Jimmy and Abraham Wright have met in Normandy.
The Lads of the Tarleton Flight A.T.C. have gone for a week's instruction to an aerodrome somewhere in the midlands. The rector went down on Wednesday to see them.
Joan Ashcroft, 8 Fermor Road, sold all her toys for the N.L. Fund. She made £5.15s. which she gave to the rector towards the cost of the N.L. We all thank her very much.
Miss Wheatley, for some years an Assistant Mistress at our Church Schools, was married last week at Aughton Parish Church to Mr. Harold Boothby, of Walton.
Mr. Herbert Parkinson, Moss Lane, has been appointed a Justice of the Peace for Lancashire. He is Chairman of the H.B. Parish Council and a member of the West Lancashire R.D.C.
Invalids: Mrs. Baldwin (Ruth Howard, Sollom) is very much better and is getting up next week; Mr. Samuel Harrison, who was knocked down by a trailer and is in Sharoe Green Hospital, Preston, is very ill indeed.

On Leave: David Hanson, Sandy Laing, Jimmy Leacy, William Ball (Scoot), William Harrison (Kearsley Ave. Brother of Jimmy).
Nick Taylor (Tolsey Stazicker's husband) is now in Italy.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Proctor left Tarleton on Thursday for good.
Many London evacuees have arrived in Tarleton and have been found billets: A complete school has been evacuated from the South to H.B., and has taken over the camp in Chapel Lane which was not being used.
All the Tarleton Day Schools are now on holiday.
At Hoole Agricultural Show last Saturday six Boxing Matches were arranged. One of the advertised boxers failed to turn up, so Eric Wignall (H.B) volunteered to take his place, and knocked his opponent out in 30 seconds in the first round.
Hoole Show was a great success. A boiling hot day, an exceptional number of entries for all classes, there were over 500 entries, and good prizes made success certain. Very few Tarleton entries, although all Tarleton was present. Jack Parkinson, Coe Lane End, got First Prize for his eggs, and Robert Cook, the Solicitor, Fulwood Avenue got two Firsts for his honey. Billy Thompson, Harrison's Farm, opposite Websters, got a Third for a Filly Foal.
The infant grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Noble, Spark Bridge, Rufford, was christened on Sunday in Tarleton Parish Church with the name of John. Mrs. Noble is the sister of Mr. John Caunce, Mere Brow.
Roy Ritchings remembered by many Tarleton lads, and whose home address is Castle Bromwich, was confirmed in the Garrison Church, Catterick Camp, on July 27th.
The rector has received an airgraph from a L/Cpl David Clark, M.E.F. thanking him for sending the N.L. so regularly, We should be glad to know who David Clark is. He is not a Tarleton lad. From the contents of the letter the rector's nephew, Padre E.J.Forse, was stationed at this camp for some time, but has now left it.
Mrs. Florence Sephton, Chuck Wright's sister, Mere Brow, is in Preston Infirmary for observation.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS.
Pte. Jack Ashcroft writes from B.L.A. "Have landed safely in France after a fairly comfortable trip. We are very well off for food in the circumstances, and cigarettes are in good supply. Have already got a News Letter. Best wishes to all at home and all away."
Dvr Jack Robinson writes from B.L.A. "I had a letter from my old Padre to whom I was batman for so long. He is now out east, and he wishes to be remembered to you. The other day I was just coming out of the baths and was dressing when whom should I see on the other side of the room but Arthur Harrison. It was great to meet someone from the village. We have not seen our own Padre yet, but the other day a padre called and took a nice Service and we had Communion under a tree. The Padre said it was the liveliest place he had taken a service in out here.''
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from B.L.A. "I have some good news for you. I went for a bath yesterday, and when I was changing to come out whom shouId I come across but Jack Robinson. What a grand surprise to see someone from home, We certainly had a grand chat together, for I have not seen him for two years. He looks very well, and I took his address so that I can write to him."
Dvr. Sid Ball writes from C.M.F. "Everything is O.K. at this end of the world and I hope it is the same at your end. Well, I suppose Dan Stazicker has told you that we have met, and I was right glad to see him, and we had a good talk about Tarleton. He showed me a photo of his little girl and he is very proud of her. I will take bets that Jerry is finished this year. The best wishes to all."
Stoker Tom Spencer writes from his Ship "No doubt you think it is about time I reported, seeing that all the lads in France are writing. It is now 12. 55 a.m. on a Sunday morning and I have the watch till 3 p.m, and it is very warm with flying bombs. We had some of those doodle bugs quite near to us."
Sigm. James Waters writes from India "In your N.L. you asked us what we wanted in the post-war world. My immediate re-action to that question was, 'What are you going to do about it?' Your invitation to Commander King-Hall referred to in N.L. June 1st, satisfied me on that point. That's the sort of leadership I want in all these things. When I come home I want to leave jungle warfare where it belongs - in the jungle. Best wishes to all the Service girls and boys of Tarleton and H.B."
Corpl Tom Tindsley writes from B.L.A. "I have been in France just a week now, and life so far is not too bad: I pray that we may be worthy of, and ready for, the victory which now seems so near. That is why I always welcome your advocating more stress on the spiritual side of our victory. I think we have one of the greatest chances in history of establishing God's Kingdom once for all. For myself, when the war is over I shall chiefly be concerned with finding a house, for one of my priority jobs after the war will be to got married and settled down."
Dvr Will Ellison airmails from C.M.F. "I have seen nearly all the lovely sights in Itally, the lost city, Vesuvius, the Isle of Capri, the Holy City and a lot more also, but I would sooner be looking at Tarleton Church anytime. We are getting plenty of fruit, oranges, pineapples, apricots, peaches, plums etc. Remember me to everybody in the Forces, especially to Philip Rigby, my old work pal, and tell him good luck and all the best till we meet again."
Corpl Dick Townsley airgraphs from C.M.F. "As you will see from my new address I am now in Italy. During my travels in this country I have seen quite a lot of interesting places, e.g.; what is left of the Cassino Monastery, St. Peter's Rome, and I have ridden round the Vatican City, and I wish I were riding round good old Tarleton. I have been to Church twice to-day as it isn't often that one gets the chance to visit a place of worship in the theatre of war. Remember me to my brothers-in-law, Harry Harrison and Billy Benjamin and wish them for me the very best of luck."
Sergt. Lawrence Hunter airgraphs from M.E.F. "Wherever I go your N.L. never fails to reach me. A short while ago I spent a few days in Durban and hearing that Jack Marsden was there I tried to find him, but without success. I also spent some time in Alexandria and was glad to be able to swim in the sea again. Our aerodrome is a good way inland so I found the contrast."
Dvr Dick Sephton airmails from M.E.F. "I have been on 7 days' leave by the Mediterranean, and what glorious weather I had! We have a Service in camp every Sunday morning, and I showed the Padre your N.Ls and he promised to write to you. Please convey through the N.L. which goes all over the world now, my kindest regards to all the boys serving abroad, and may meet again soon in that little paradise we all know so well; and believe me it is a paradise to me."
A.B. Ken Dandy R.N. writes from his Ship "We have only been out here a month but have had five different addresses. Its O.K. out here so far. I've only one complaint, the heat and the fleas. Being in this Naval Party we get a long route march and a swim every day. It's great fun but sweat just rolls off. Everywhere is lit up here at night. One could think it was peace-time. I came out here with a lad from Longton named Fred Clease. We were together all the way out here but I've lost him now. I have run out of words so I must close now; remember me to all my many pals in the Forces wherever they may be."
Corpl Bill Bridge writes from B.L.A. "I've only just come in but the N.L. which I found awaiting me has done me a power of good. I am settling down to this rough and ready life O.K. Time flies, and I do not get much time to myself, but I do get time to attend the weekly Service which is held in our lines, so my thoughts are with you. My kind regards to Tom and Ken Dandy, my brothers-in-law also to Dick Sephton, and thank Jimmy Burns too, as I haven't seen him since that afternoon." Bill adds a postcript "By the way, rector, sometimes I'm called L/Cpl. and other times Corpl, so someone must be stripping me, eh!!" From now on, Bill, we make you a permanent Corporal until Monty makes you a Sergeant.
Pte Joe Power writes from B.L.A. "I am now in France and at the time of writing in a dugout, it is raining pretty heavily; I have to break off writing every ten minutes to 'bale out', the rain insists on pouring in, in its attempt to flood me out. I am not very far from the front line, and the shell fire and flack is getting a little too close to be healthy. However it is amazing how one gets accustomed to settling down even amidst heavy barrages. We don't go short, and cigarettes (at present, our only bit of consolation) plentiful."
AC/2 Freddy Coupe writes from Nassau "Out here there is only one thing to look forward to, and that is the mail. It is certainly the best day of the week when the mail comes in. It is so hot out here that when one tries to write a letter one's hand sticks to the paper with the sweat, and it makes an awful mess. Swimming is still the chief thing to do, but its not so good these days because the water is far too hot and the sand flies are a nuisance."
Dvr John Caunce airmails from C.M.F. ( Italy) "I hope you liked your Birthday present that I sent you. I got it when I was in hospital on the Suez Canal. That was in Sept. 1943, so you can see that I have had it with me quite a long time. I have not had a letter except the N.L. and the Parish Magazine for the past six weeks. Thanks for the parcel which I have received containing the health salts and toffee. (This parcel was sent to John in July,1943.) I have just finished 30 hrs duty non-stop except for meals, so you can imagine what I feel like. Anyway I am getting to bed when I have finished this letter."
Pte Will Whittle writes "Just a few lines to let you know that I am still alive. I am not in bad shape but I am getting a little home-sick. I cannot tell you anything about this place because we are in the banned area. There is a fine Church in the Barracks that I attend every Sunday. It is a small Church compared with Tarleton. Give my kind regards to all in the Forces via your famous N.L."
LAC Tom Bolton writes "We are kept very busy over here now-a-days, but we are only too pleased to be able to give the lads across the Channel a helping hand. I hope that you are correct when you say that we will all be back again soon; the war certainly gives one that impression. Remember me to Tommy Dickinson, and all the lads and lassies in the Forces."
2nd Lt. Mick Melling writes "I arrived here yesterday and am now settling down again. I expect to be here for a month or so at least, and have been given a troop of men to train. The work gives promise of being very interesting, and I think I shall like the life here very much."
Gunner John Ball writes "I have been moving round a bit. This last three weeks I have had three different camps. I am not far from the cost now, and we get plenty of flying bombs, or doodle bugs as we call them. Last Sunday we had a good night, for we brought down two flying bombs. At my last address I was not far from Harry Harrison, and I had written to him and arranged to meet him. But I went on a course and when I came back he had moved. Will you please let him know through the N.L. why I could not see him."
Sergt. Jimmy Leacy writes "Recently I have been following with considerable interest your efforts on our behalf against our return from the Forces. Now a small shadow crosses my mind, and I am sure I shall not be the only one. When those of us who are spared return home, and after all the war is not finished yet, they don't want a lot of cheap sympathy, and back slapping parades. Scores of us have married since the war started, we haven't made any fortunes out of it, but we shall need homes, furniture, decent jobs etc. Well, these are the thoughts of one of your lads.''
Dvr. Tom Coulton writes "I am sure you must burn a good drop of mid-night oil to ensure that the N.L. is not late for the Press, for it arrives so regularly. I have had the good fortune to be still in England, but I am right on the coast. We are billited in a very big mansion. It has 365 windows in it. There is quite a lot of deer in the park. They are quite tame, but we are not allowed to do any shooting, otherwise we might have deer for breakfast, dinner and tea. I hope to send you my photo soon, and thus make your collection more complete."
Pte Harry Woosey writes "I am giving a farmer a helping hand here with four more of the boys. He gives us 1/6 an hour. We start at 5.30 and go on till 8 o'clock. We have a Church and a Chapel here, so I shall be going to Church shortly. I would not mind going to Canterbury Cathedral which is not far away. Give my kind regards to all the lads and lassies wherever they may be; with a special word for my brother-in-law Eric Booth, also Jack Robinson and the Burns brothers. God bless them all."
Nurse Alice Bentham writes "We are very busy with convoys bringing in wounded, either British or German. My sister Doris, Leslie Carr's wife, has had a little girl, and my other sister Edna had a son last month. My mother, who has not been well for some time, has gone for a rest and change to an aunt's at Mawdesley."
Gunner Harold Aspey writes "I have been to Scotland and back for Ack-Ack practice, and when I was going through good old Preston it sure made me feel like jumping off and making my way to good old Tarleton. In these days of Ack-Ack all sorts of things are being invented. If I were allowed to tell you, you would open your eyes. Please remember me to all from the village wherever they may be."
Sapper George Barker writes "We have returned to almost the same spot where we were billeted four years ago so this part of the country is very familiar to us. We are in the Doodle-bug killing area, where the Ack-Ack and fighters fetch them down. The first I saw killed was by a fighter which exploded it in mid-air, and last night we got a real scare. Another fighter killed one right over our house, and it plunged and exploded in the middle of a field a quarter of a mile away. It only made a big crater. Before I left Scotland I had the wife and two children with me there, and to make things better for them Norman Barron had his wife and kiddie down as well, so we really were good company for each other."
Jimmy West writes from his coal mine (He is a Bevin boy) "I have just come in from work and found the N.L. waiting for me. How did your Blackpool Trip with your lads' Bible Class go off? I wish I were back again in Tarleton, but I am hoping to see you again soon."

Brain Busters.
A bag contains a certain number of sovereigns, three times as many shillings, and four times as many pence. The total sum in the bag is £280. How many sovereigns, shillings and pence does it contain?
Three merchants have 21 wine barrels, 7 of them are full, 7 are half full, and the remainder are empty. How can the barrels be divided so that each merchant has the same number of barrels and the same amount of wine?
Answers to Brain Busters at end of N.L.

Wit and Humour.
An examiner once asked a candidate to punctuate the following sentence - "Mary a pretty girl ran across the street". Said a young man candidate without hesitation, "I should most certainly make a dash after Mary."

What is the difference between a looking-glass and a lady?
The one reflects without speaking; and the other speaks without reflecting.

Mr. Churchill is credited with the following witty summing up of a parliamentary candidate.
"He is asked to stand, he wants to sit, and he is expected to lie."

Here is an old Arabic saying:-
"He that knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool."
He that knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple.
He that knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep.
He that knows, and knows that he knows, is a wise man."

Answers to "Brain Busters".

240 Sovereigns, 720 shillings, 960 d.

lst Merchant: 2 full, 3 half-full, 2 empty.
2nd " 2 full, 3 half-full, 2 empty.
3rd " 3 fulI, 1 half-full, 3 empty,
each thus gets 7 barrels, and 3 1/2 barrels of wine.


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