The Lancashire villages of Hesketh Bank, Becconsall & Tarleton
Go to the Hesketh Bank & Tarleton website homepage
Local directory: local business, local services and local facilities
Events and Attractions in and around Tarleton and Hesketh Bank
Village News
Your letters to the Editor on local issues
Local History of Tarleton, Becconsall, Hesketh Bank and the surrounding area
Local Family History and Genealogy
Photo Library - Old & New photos of Hesketh Bank & Tarleton
Vacancies and Jobs available in Hesketh Bank and Tarleton
Property for sale and for rent in Hesketh Bank and Tarleton
Advertising on the Hesketh Bank website options and costs


Contact editor@heskethbank.com
Service Provider Hubmaker
© 2001-2017 All rights reserved.
Cookies & Privacy Policy

Web Transcript © 2003 Hubmaker. All rights reserved.
Reproduction by any means strictly prohibited.

No: 290
RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
November 15th
1945

My dear Boys and Girls,
Here is another very important point to take notice of when you are demobbed. You will, of course, be asked to sign numerous forms; all of which mean something. Read them all very carefully and try and understand thoroughly all that they mean. Your signature on one of these Forms may easily affect you throughout your life. Take one instance. You will have to sign a medical release Form on which will be stated your medical history while in the Army. If you think that any wound, or accident, or illness that you have sustained while in the Service might hinder you in your civilian work, or might recur in later years, be sure and see that it is entered on your medical sheet before you sign it. Failure to do this may easily prevent you getting a pension in the years to come. The onus will then be on you to prove that such a disability was indeed due to your war service. Even though you may feel perfectly fit now, it does not stand that you will feel as fit twenty or thirty years hence. So read your documents very carefully before you put your fist to them. Well, no sermonette again this week, but I don't suppose you need one, for you know exactly what I stand for.
With my love,my Blessings and all my prayers,
Ever your affectionate friend, L.N.FORSE.

HOME FRONT NEWS
David Rimmer, RN, is to be married at Ormskirk on Wed.Nov.24th to Miss Janet Walker, an ATS girl. David's Commanding Officer, Capt. J.F.Hutchings, RN., Senior Naval Officer commanding Force `Pluto`, has sent him a letter thanking him for the great work he did while attached to this very famous Unit. William Ball, Newarth Lane, HB., has been demobbed from the Navy. Miss Howard, eldest daughter of Mrs. Howard of the farm next to Green Lane Farm, Sollom, at the tongue between Liverpool Road and the old road into Sollom, was attacked by a cow as she was feeding the chickens and was very severely injured. She only saved herself by creeping into a hen house. She is now in Preston Infirmary. She is over 60 years of age. Vera Fairey, the anchorage, Hesketh Lane, was married on Thursday in the RC Church, Hesketh Lane, to Corporal Luczak, Polish RAF. Reception at bride's home. Honeymoon at Blackpool. Mrs. John Burns and Mrs. Chadwick (Nancy Taylor), organised a very excellent concert in the Schools on Friday evening, on behalf of the NL Fund and handed £12 to the rector as the result. We thank them extremely. Mr. William Wignall of Preston has presented to Tarleton Parish Church the flute his grandfather used to play in the old Church over 100 years ago when the music was led by an orchestra and, of course, before there was an organ in the Church. The rector intends to keep it in a glass case in the Parish Room. Armistice Day was very well observed. Quite a large number at Communion in the morning. For the Remembrance Service the Church was packed. Wreaths were laid on the Memorial. Last Post and Reveille were played by Jimmy Abram, ATC., to the roll of the drum by Thomas Parkinson. Nearly all the many lads on leave attended.

ON LEAVE
John Caunce, John Iddon, Robert Hull, Dan Stazicker, Noel Clark, Harry Price, Ronald Melling, Herbert Barron, Harry Forrest, Harry Devitt, Philip Rigby, Roger Ward, William Whittle, George Almond, John Cross, Harry Alty.

DEMOBBED
The following lads have been demobbed since VE Day - Fred Croft, Herbert Croft, John Robinson, George Burns, Frank McKean, Austin Barton, William Wilson, Edwin Barron, Harry Woosey, James Coulton, Alan Barnes, Jeffrey Wignall, Arthur Worth, John Caunce (Commander, RN), John Hornby (Lieut. RN), Roland Cook, William Ball (Newarth Lane, HB),Edwin Crabtree, Stanley Johnson(HB now of Mere Brow).

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS
Pte. Ernie Nicholson writes from Jhansi, India Command, "I hope that you will be able to keep the NL until the Tarleton boys are back home, but it is the best link with Tarleton that we have. With being a GHQ this camp is quite a large one, and there is a Church about a mile away that looks as though it had been transported from an English village. I shall go down there on Sunday. I hope to be out of this country in another twelve months, it is far too hot for my liking. The weather is like a heat wave in England, and yet they say that winter has started out here." L/Bde. Fred Bentham writes from BAOR "I arrived back off leave yesterday, and of all places I had to report to it was Nymegen. After being here for seven months last year, we had to come back again. Anyhow, we are stationed at what is left of CLEVE. Our post is on the frontier post on the Cleve-Nymegen Road, so if any lads get pulled up on the road it should be easy enough to find me. Our HQ is just outside Cleve, on the Nymegen road. Remember me, via the NL, to Ronnie Iddon (Chunky), David Hanson, and Bill and Jimmy Harrison." LAC Alan Jay writes from SEAAF: "These last few moves of mine have been thousands of miles from each other. First at Bombay, I was there about a week, then a train journey lasting three days across India to Calcutta. We stopped at Calcutta another seven days, and then had a sea journey of nearly a thousand miles to reach Rangoon, in Burma, where I am now. Most of the city has been badly mauled during the war, the only transport being service transport and the only electric lighting being that of HQ and quarters. My kind regards to Harry Woosey, Ken Baxendale, Eric Bell, through the NL please." LAC Eric Bell writes from BAOR: "The bumper number of the NL was very good indeed and made very good reading. At the present we haven't a Padre on the airfield, and our Services are conducted by visiting padres. I enclose a snapshot of the Church on the airfield. The seating capacity is about sixty and we are fortunate enough to have a German pedal organ which is ably played by a corporal, who is an organist in civilian life. Through the medium of the NL I would thank LAC Alan Jay for the letter he sent to me over a month ago. I would like his new address." ERM Dick Burns writes from his ship HMS Blenheim, "I see in the NL that your nephew mentioned that I paid him a visit when I was ashore one night and we had a very nice supper together. I have a bit of good news for you; it is that I should be demobbed by 31/12/45. if I can get a relief out here for me, but up to now I have not had much luck. I have now completed my foreign commission, and the other is the demobbing, so which comes first I don't know. I had a letter from Harry Forrest the other day to say that he was on his way home, which he certainly deserves as he has had over four years in this distant part of the world. My best regards to my brothers, Jim, Tom, George and Fred, and to my brothers-in-law Harry Forrest and George West." LAC Walter Rawsthorne writes from BAOR: "I don't expect that it will be news to you when I tell you that I married an English-speaking Belgian girl on the 19th of June last. I met her a week or so after the liberation of Ghent, her home town. We shall be coming to live in Tarleton after my release. I am still fortunately stationed in Ghent but, of course, I make many journeys in the Hanover, Hamburg region of Germany. My best wishes to all the boys and girls, especially to the returned POWs, also to Tom Rigby and Bob Barron." LAC Harold Pilkington writes from SEAAF: "I write this from an airstrip near Rangoon, from which we have been flying POWs from Bangkok and, and French Indo-China. I have been to both Saigon and Bangkok and, believe me, you can get a pair of Barrett shoes there for the equivalent of one pound seven. I should like to know through the medium of the NL where Hugh Melling is stationed now. I have had some happy times seeing our lads flown back to Blighty, but I did not drop across any of our local lads. Very soon I shall be writing to you from Hong Kong as that is our next move. I see that Ernie Ball is in India." Stoker Jack Twist writes from HM Submarine TAPIR: "I think I can now tell you that I am in Hong Kong harbour. It's very hot and we never seem to stop sweating. I've not had any mail for a long time, but that is because, as you know, submarines often go on journeys that nobody knows about. I don't know if you intend to stop the NL now the war is over, but I shall sure miss them if you do. It will be quite a long time before I see the shores of England, and we do like to know the news. If you still publish the NL you might put the name of my submarine in it, so that any lads from home out here can get in touch with me. It would be great to see someone from home." Pte Jack Ashcroft writes from 10 Base Workshops, REME, India Command, "Just received the bumper NL which I found very interesting, especially as there were many extracts from lads in India and Ceylon. Jim Baybutt, from Croston, is in this camp, and I come across him very often. I was interested to read extracts from Ernie Ball's letter as I came over in the same ship. Please remember me to him. I have had five months in this camp which is at a place called AVADI, 20 miles from Madras, and is certainly no holiday camp. I should call it a desert except that there are a few trees. Last Sunday I attended a Church Service in Madras at 6pm. Best wishes to all Tarletonians everywhere." Dvr. Robert Iddon writes from a transport ship: "I am writing this letter on board the SS Sibatak, somewhere in the Mediterranean. We are going to Bombay, and I don't like the look of it very much as it is a Dutch boat. Our draft have got the worst Mess deck of the lot, right at the bottom, and it gets very hot and stuffy. We are due to arrive at Port Said next Wednesday, and the whole trip takes about twenty days. I shall be glad when I get my feet on solid ground. Remember me to Leslie Clarkson, John Ball and all my friends away from home." (Note - this Bob Iddon is from Bretherton and worked for Jack Mee, Butcher). Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes from CHINDWARA, CP., India Command, "I thought my mail was going astray, but the NL always turns up. We moved from Deolali about 4 weeks ago and I cannot say I enjoyed the train journey, it took three days and the carriages were like cattle trucks with wooden seats. I am being trained as a limber gunner. This is a jungle-training camp for heavy AA, and I expect that quite a number of Tarleton lads have passed through it. I am expecting to be out about July, my group being 32." Pte. William Barker writes from BAOR: "Life in Germany is not too bad for me just now as I am having rather an easy time. I don't think that there is much chance of getting out of the Army for another nine months if I have to wait until my release number comes round. I see that one or two boys have got home on Class B; if I get the chance I shall do the same, for I can do more good at home than by staying out here with practically nothing to do." Pte. George Farrington writes "You will see by my address that I have once again been moved; this time to a different Unit and Regiment. I cannot tell you much about this place for I have only been here 24 hours. However, it does not seem too bad. We are here as driver mechanics, so I expect we should land a decent job. I cannot write much as I have to get my kit checked." 2/C Boy Peter Bryan, RN., writes from HMS St.George: "This morning we had a swimming test and I am glad to say that I passed it successfully. There were only eight out of twenty four who did pass. The boys who don't pass forfeit shore leave and Christmas leave. Some of our new entries have been to the barbers and they look as if they had come from Dartmoor. The complement of the ship is about 2,000, but there are boys leaving every day. I had a long talk with the Senior Padre the other night and he is taking me on as a Server." Gdsn. Aubrey Smith writes: "I am still kept very busy with the Transport. I average about 500 miles a week. I often pass by your sister's house at Englefield Green and, in doing so, I always think of the many happy hours I have spent at the rectory. I received the bumper number of the NL., and was pleased to notice that Mrs.Ball had held a dance in aid of the NL. My brother Sidney is now stationed at Broughton, REME, and has bought a Singer Sports. Remember me to all my friends through the NL." L/Cpl. Ken Robshaw writes from India Command, "I am still in India waiting to get away to the port of embarkation. I am at a place quite near to Jhansi, and it's not a pleasure camp either, plenty of rocks, and insects crawling all around the place. I have had another slight accident, my elbow this time. I put a small bone out of place, but it is getting on alright and, of course, I am not doing any duties. Please pass on my kind regards to my brother Wesley, and tell him I am waiting for a letter from him. I have lost his address. The rector's nephew Ian Forse, who has served in the Royal Navy throughout the war, writes "Just a line to let you know that I have been demobbed, and am thus once again a fully fledged civilian. I was only told on Thursday, and was out and at home on Saturday evening, so it was quick work. I am having ten days' leave before starting work, at my old job at W.T. Copelands (Spode works at Stoke-on-Trent)."

BRAIN TWISTERS:
1. "Counting my class by sevens", said the teacher, "I find there is just one over; if I count it by fives I get three over; and if I count it by eights I also get three over". How many were there in the class?
2. I have thought of a sum of money in which the pounds are less than 13, and the pence are less in number than the pounds. I reverse the order of the amount, so that the pounds and pence change places, and the shillings stay as they are. I now subtract this second sum of money from the sum originally thought of. Next, I take the answer and again reverse the amounts; thus the pounds change places with the pence and the shillings again stay as they are. These two amounts I add together. What is the answer? But, you will say, you have not given the slightest clue to any figures. To that I say "Yes, that is true," but I still ask: "What is the answer?"
3. Mr. Stone is three times as old as Miss Wood will be in three years' time, and three years ago Miss Wood was 10. So how old will Mr. Stone be when he is three years older than he is now?"
4. A cog-wheel in a machine has a certain number of teeth in it. All the teeth are numbered consecutively from one upwards. It is noted that No.8 is exactly opposite to No.20. How many teeth are there in the machine?
5. Here is a mystic sum you can do with your friends:- Ask your friend to put down on paper a row of figures. Then ask him to put down underneath another row of figures equal to the top row. Then you say, "Let me take a hand". For your row you look at the last row you friend has put down and make each separate number up to nine. Thus, if there is a 3, you put down 6, if a 2, you put down 7. You then ask your friend to put down still another row. Once again you ask to take a hand, and once again you make each figure of your friend's last row up to nine. Then you say "Add the whole sum together, and I will tell you the answer. You put down the top row on a piece of paper and go to the other side of the room. You then put a two in front of the first figure on your paper, and subtract two from the last figure of the number. The figures on your paper will then show the answer to the sum on your friend's.

THE LIGHTER SIDE.
Candid friend(sarcastically): I don't like that suit you're wearing. Last year's?
Jones(sorrowfully): Yes, it was, but it won't.

Proud Scot: Scotland has turned out a great many pipers, and is still turning them out.
Sour Cockney: Well, you can't blame her.

Weary tramp: Excuse me sir, but I have no place to call my own, and I don't know where I am going to get my next meal.
Householder: Well, my wife's spring-cleaning too.

Professor: What books have helped you most?
Student: Mother's cookery book and father's cheque book.

The squad of recruits had been out on the rifle range for their first try at marksmanship. They knelt at 300 yards and fired. Not a hit. They moved up to 200 yards; not a hit. They tried 100 yards, not a hit. "Tenshun!", the sergeant bawled. "Fix bayonets! Charge! It's your only chance!"

A bumptious fellow was giving evidence in Court.
"You say that you stood up?" asked the magistrate.
"I said", retorted the conceited one, "that I stood. If one stands, one must stand up. There is no other way of standing."
"Oh, isn't there?", replied the magistrate. "Pay two pounds for contempt of court, and.....stand down!"

Private Jones: "May I have next Wednesday off?"
Sergeant: "Why?"
Private Jones: "It's my silver wedding anniversary and my wife is coming over and we want to celebrate."
Sergeant: "Heavens! Are we going to have to put up with this every twenty-five years?"

Brown: "Whatever are you doing with all your fingers bound up like that?"
Smith: "I bought my wife a potato peeler for a Christmas present, and when she said she could not make it work I had to show her how very simple it was!"

"Really, Albert" said Mrs. Newly-wed. "I'll put up with your untidiness. I'll tolerate the ash on the carpet, I'll stand for the noise you make in the bathroom, and endure your irregular hours - but it's really going a little too far when you try to play my pancakes on the gramophone!"

Answers to Brain Twisters:

1. 43
2. The curious thing about this sum is that, whatever figures are chosen, the answer always comes to £12.18.11. Try it with various figures and see for yourself.
3. He will be 51.
4. Between Nos. 8 and 20, there are 11 teeth, and therefore there must be 11 teeth on the opposite half of the circle. Twice 11 are 22, plus the two Nos.8 and 20, equals 24 teeth.


Next Rector's Weekly | Rector's Weekly Index | Rectors Weekly Introduction