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No: 287
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
October 25th
1945

My dear Boys and Girls,
Well, here I am back at work again and feeling much better. You can imagine the amount of work I found waiting for me when my eyes were well enough to read and write. It has taken me all my time this last week to get up-to-date with my correspondence. We are making all preparations for giving you all a good reception when you do arrive home at last. As I wrote in a previous letter you are now going through the hardest task that has been set you since you joined up - keeping yourselves fit in body and soul, when feeling utterly fed up and longing to get home. I know exactly what will be your feelings. At this time your Chaplain should be able to do a good deal for you, and will do so if you get to know him well. It's what he's there for.
With my love, all my prayers, and my Blessing, Ever your affectionate friend, L.N.FORSE.

Home Front News.
Malcolm Parkinson, RAF (eldest son of Mr. Herbert Parkinson, JP, Moss Lane), was married last week at Preston, to Miss Jessie Donalson, Broadgate,Preston, a teacher at the Harris Institute. Nancy Taylor, Boundary Lane, was married on Saturday at Tarleton Parish Church, to George Chadwick, of Much Hoole, who is in the Army, and now on leave from Germany. Reception and Wedding Breakfast in the Mission Room, Hesketh Lane. Nellie Pendlebury, WAAF, was married on Saturday last at Tarleton Parish Church to George Edward Calais Wilkinson, who is in the Fusiliers, and now on leave from Germany. Reception and Wedding Breakfast in the Church Schools. Honeymoon at Uxbridge, Middlesex.
Dorothy Jackson, daughter of Jimmy Jackson who drives Forshaw's van, was married last week at Bretherton Congregational Church to Harry Mageen, who has been living at Bretherton since being blitzed out of Liverpool. Mrs. Rainford (nee Jennie Leadbetter of HB) has presented her husband (Jimmy Rainford,driver of the Green bus), with a daughter.
Billy Sutton(Blackgate Lane) POW in Japan for the past four years, sailed for home last Saturday from Australia. Four prefabricated houses have been erected in Bretherton and Mawdsley. Jack Robinson and Stanley Johnson (HB married Polly Hunter,Mere Brow), have both been demobbed under Class B. The Parochial Church Council decided at a meeting on Monday that the weathercock at the top of the Church spire, and the roof on the north side of the Church should be repaired at the tendered cost of £96. Mrs. Elizabeth Coulton, better known as Granny Coulton of Sollom, died at the house of her son by her first husband, John Fazackerley, at Croston, on Sunday last, and was buried at Tarleton on Thursday. She was 71. Henry and Hugh Bridge, who came by car from Bambury to their aunt's funeral, asked the rector to send their very best wishes to all their friends through the NL. Hugh, who is in the Ox. and Bucks.Regt., was for some time on guard at Belsen Camp.
Mrs. Hynam (nee Doris Molyneux of Holmeswood) has presented her husband, who is a Sergeant in the RAF, with a son. The infant son of Mr. And Mrs. Stanley Green, the new Railway Clerk at HB station, was christened on Sunday, with the names Dennis John.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS
Cpl. John H. Sutton writes from CMF "When I left my Unit to go on leave they were in Austria, but when I returned they were once more stationed in Italy. We had the pleasure of travelling through Italy on the way back,and a very beautiful country it is. The people there give the British a great welcome. Please remember me to Bert Barron, Bert Miller, my brother-in-law Bill Hull and, of course, all the lads who are in the Forces." L/Cpl. Ken Robshaw writes from India Command "I am writing these few lines whilst on a train journey from Bengalore to Jhansi on the move with the Battalion. We have been in this train for two days and have nearly another three days' journey yet. We get hot meals on the train at the normal times. It is very warm today. I have no shirt on and KD shorts on, and even then I am red hot. A cool drink is a thing of the past. My best regards to my brother Wesley and to all the lads." LAC Alan Jay writes from SEAAF "I am writing this letter to you from Bombay. My first impressions are not very good. The centre of the town is alright. Were it not for the heat, the natives and the peculiar trees you would take it for an ordinary European town. But the outskirts!! The native homes are very dirty and there must be a shortage of houses here also, as quite a lot of the natives sleep in the gutters. I believe that my ultimate destination is Burma, not a very cheerful prospect. By the way, I had four NLs waiting for me when I arrived here. My kindest regards to Eric Bell, Ken Baxendale and Robert Edmondson and all the rest of the lads and girls in the Forces." The Rev. EJ Forse (the rector's nephew) writes "I have finished up as Senior Chaplain for the Alexandria area, and for a month now I have been acting as Deputy Assistant Chaplain General. It is quite an interesting experience, but there is too much office work to suit me for long. Harley McKean and Dick Gabbott came to supper with me, and I met Abel Bickerstaffe while he was here. Recently Dick Burns called on me and we had supper together. I think that I have seen all the Tarletonians in the district. I am hoping to be home, demobbed, in about a month's time, after being nearly four years away." Gunner Ronnie Brain (married Maggie Southern), writes from BAOR "We sailed from Dover to Ostend, then went to Enghin, and on to Hanover. I am now at a place called CLENZE, a small place, smaller than Tarleton. We have a canteen, pictures twice a week, and the food is the best I have had in the Army. We have not much to do, chiefly guards. The Germans do all the dirty work. I shall be demobbed next June, my group being 31. I will then have done six years. My kind regards to my brother-in-law Jimmy Southern, who I hear has just sailed for India." Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from BAOR "We are now stationed at LUNEBERGH. I haven't seen the place yet in daylight as I am helping the cook in the Sgts' Mess. I have been thinking of going to the Belsen Trial, but we always seem too busy cooking. I should be home for good in another 11 weeks." Gunner Harry Harrison writes "I am still in Somerset, and we are very well off as we can get into Yeovil in 10 minutes. Last Saturday I had the pleasure of meeting Stan Johnson. He was on his way home through Class B. My very best wishes to Dick Townsley, my brother-in-law, also to all my cousins and pals especially L/Cpl. John Ball. You will have seen in the paper today that the "Empress Rapier" has been in collision. It was the boat that carried us over to Guernsey. It is the second boat I have sailed in that has met with trouble, for the one in which I sailed to Africa has been sunk." Pte. Arnold Bailey writes from Luton "I am billeted in the cellar of a Congregational Church, as you can guess by the address. It has been altered for use as Billets and is very comfortable; also it is very handy for Church parades, as we have only to walk up a few steps. We are here for 14 weeks in which we get courses on engineering. We are in civvy workshops, and also get civilian food which is not too good. The workshops go under the name of Dickinson and Adams. Please remember me to Ken Dandy, Frank Taylor and Fred Burns, in the NL." Gdsn. Aubrey Smith writes from Windsor "By my address you will notice that I am back on the transport as an instructor. I am kept very busy these days and often go through your home town of Englefield Green. Will you please remember me to all my Tarleton friends in the Forces." Sapper Clifford Hambilton, RE (POW in Germany for 5 years), writes "I have to report back to duty on Thursday, my station being Horsham, in Sussex." Tom Bretherton (Station Road, Hoole), late of HM Royal Navy, writes "I have now been demobbed in Class B and am working for the Preston Gas Co. I write to say how much I have appreciated receiving the News Letter, and thank you sincerely for sending it."


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