A lettercard sent from Walsingham by a resident on the Feast of the Assumption, in about 1942, to a friend going on active service
It's been glorious here - how I wish you could have been at the High Mass 10.30 at the Shrine. Father Derrick sang Mass and Fathers Patten and Briscoe served. The Sung Mass 7 o'clock at [the parish] Church was glorious. I don't think I ever saw the Church looking so beautiful and such a grand congregation. Walsingham really is inspiring.
Father Niven, who was here last weekend, returns today to preach at the 11 o'clock Mass tomorrow. Moses H[arbottle] is stationed at Salthouse so he gets over on a bike.
We have had nasty cold weather for August and lots of damp days. Now it looks like being fine and warm to gather in the harvest which is truly magnificent, quite the best crops I ever remember.
The Recluse is away on holiday. I quite miss her at the services. A priest with about 40 mostly children are over from Holbeach, Lincs. Poor dears, they got to Fakenham by train, no bus, so they had to walk and were too late for Mass. So disappointing for them.
Sister Grace Helen fell from some steps quite early this a.m. in the Shrine. Hurt her back. The doctor has ordered her to keep in bed for 5 days. No bones broken. It is bad luck.
I hope you will like Naval life. What a change it will be. Is your mother very worried about it all? I think poor Mothers and Wives get the worst of it, all that waiting & anxiety.
All the best.