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Tarleton Church
14th (?) May-1940

In order to make the News Letter still more interesting the Rector has asked Mr. Goring of Hesketh Bank C. E. Schools, and Mr. Rymer Headmaster of Hoole C.E. Schools, and Mr Goodall, the Rector of Bretherton and Mr Magrath, Rector of Rufford, to supply him with news items from those parishes that would be of interest to the Tarleton lads. They are sending their news each week to the Rector for his news letter. We thank them for their kindness and interest.

No Whitsunday Procession.
The police would not let us have our usual WhitSunday procession round the parish, so in its place the Hesketh Bank Band played in the Churchyard, before going into the Church for the Service.

Local Defence Volunteers.
At a meeting held in the British Legion Club over 60 men, mostly ex-servicemen, joined the L.D.V. The Rector took the Chair and explained its purpose and, on behalf of the British Legion offered the Club Room for a depot.

On Leave.
Again this week we have had only one lad home on leave; this was Kenneth Robshaw, Loyal Regt, after innoculatlon. Johnny Hague has been home for the last two Sundays looking very smart in a Petty Officer's uniform; he expects to be appointed to a ship any day when he will be away for a considerable time. Eric Hind D.L.I. has been in hospital with a bad foot.

Please notify the Rector at once when you change your address, otherwise you might miss the magazine and the letter and also much else. If you want to know the address of any particular Tarleton lad write to the Rector and he will send it on.

Field Days.
As far as is at present arranged both the Church and the Chapel are having their Field days as usual; Church on June 8th, Chapel June 15th. There will probably be no processions but Silcocks are coming to both. British Legion Carnival will be held on a smaller scale, and the Rector is trying to get Arthur Askey (Big Hearted Arthur) to crown the Queen.

Call Up
Tom Harrison (Kearsley Ave.) joins the R.A. Signals on Thursday this week. John Moss has medical board on Friday.

Lighter Side.
Scene - Hefty Recruit on parade trying to button up battle dress much too small for him.
Officer - Come, come, my man smarten yourself up, do you realise that you are now nearing the King's uniform,
Recruit - So that's why the wretched thing won't fit me.

Hesketh Bank News.
Up to date over 30 lads have joined, the Colours from H.B. Proceeds of Dances at H.B. for the Comforts Fund have exceeded £15. Many couples even nerved a Waltzing Competition at these dances.

Fermor Hesketh Football.
Eight teams competed this year. Banks provided winning team defeating Fulwood by 2 goals to 1. Medals were presented by Miss W. Alty. Harry Scrambler and Douglas Iddon collected £3 on field for Comforts Fund.
H.B. is running three Cricket teams this season. First team beat Red Triangle 75 for 5 on Whit-Saturday.

Letters Received
Owing to present circumstances fewer letters have been received this week. However, George West (B.E.F.), Ernie Ball, Dan Stazicker, and Noel Clarke, (B.E.F.) have written.

Rector's Letter
My dear Lads,
Just a few personal words from me to you. During the past sixteen years I have watched you all grow up, I have never differentiated between Church and Chapel for I have regarded you all as my own lads. And I am very proud of you. I have loved you all and I hope that when you return, which I sincerely pray may be soon, that you will remember that the Church never for one moment forgot you when you were away, but stretched out to the four corners of the world to keep you in close remembrance before the Throne of God with ceaseless prayers. May God bless you all and keep you safe.

Numbers growing.
Sixty two of our Tarleton lads have now joined up, so that means that the Rector sends out sixty two letters every week. He also sends one to the Bishop and also to the Rector of Bretherton, Mr. Goring, Mr. Rymer and Mr. Magrath.

Prayer for this week
Give unto us, O Lord, the Spirit of brightness and courage. Help us to help others to face courageously whatever to-morrow may bring to them. Let not shadows opress our spirits lest our gloom should darken the light by which others have to live. Say unto our souls, "Be of good. courage, fear not, for I am with thee." Grant this, 0 Lord, of thy mercy, for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

Taxi Drivers.
Lads from Hoole, Tarleton, Hesketh Bank and Rufford who are stranded at Preston when coming on leave should ring up the Rector (Telephone 230 Hesketh Bank) and if he is not in Mr. Robert Rowland. (Tel 306 H.B.) and they will be fetched.

The following lads are already in the B.E.F. Noel Clark; Clifford Hambilton; Walter Moss; Abram Wright; Joseph Wait; Austin Barton; Samuel Daniels; Hubert Tindsley; Dick Johnson; Ronnie Iddon; John Ascroft (Holmes) ; Tom Burns; James Leacy; George West.

Willie Jackson of Longton, cousin of Jack Robinson, is now back in England in a military hospital with a wound in his foot. He is doing nicely.

Registering on Saturday.
Amongst those who will be registering on Saturday next (although there may be more) are James Howard; Harold Aspey; Harry Latham (Hesketh Lane); John Rowland; Matt Sutton and Harry Harrison (Hesketh Lane).

Brown, I gave my wife too much rope.
Smith, Why, what happened?
Brown, She skipped.

If you do not get the Rector's letter regularly you will know that you are not keeping him up-to-date with your address.


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