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Tarleton Church
7th (?) June-1940

There is not much news from Tarleton and District this week. Perhaps this is the Rector's fault because he has been too busy to seek out the village gossip. As a matter of fact even when he hears a bit of gossip it takes quite a time to verify it because he always wants to be sure of his facts. You might almost say that if you see it in this letter it is so.

Photos Wanted.
The Rector still has many faces missing from his array of photos of men serving with the colours. So will you please send one of yours directly you have it taken Postcard size, if possible. Have you done it ? Have you spoken to your Chaplain yet? Have you attended Services apart from the Parade ones? Are you doing just something to help your Chaplain in his work? He wants you to, so ask him what you can do. Have you written home regularly? Anxious loved ones look eagerly for your letters.

Our New Recruits.
Billy Benjamin has joined the Air Force. Johnny Hague has now joined his ship as an engineer and has sailed for distant lands. He may be away for a year. Bert Barron (Sollom) has joined the Air Force. He probably goes on Thursday. Eric Nicholson has joined a Scotch Regiment but does not wear a kilt.

On Leave.
George Burns still on sick leave. Captain Fred Croft came home for 48 hours. George Burns home from Dunkirk and also Hubert Tindsley and Joe Wait. All three look well. Harry Stazicker from Rufford also home from same place. Austin Barton, Moss Lane, came home on leave on Tuesday.

In our Prayers.
Our prayers are still asked for the following lads from whom no word has yet come. Herbert Nutter, Clifford Hambilton. Mr.Adams has been officially informed that Trevor is missing, but that does not by any means imply that all hope is lost.

British Legion Carnival.
So far owing to the uncertainties of the times it has not been decided whether the Carnival will be held this year. If things look a little brighter we shall probably hold it, but not on so great a scale as usual.

A Request.
We have been requested by many parents to ask their lads to date their letters. One day is so much like another that one loses sight of the date, but if possible do please try and give a date so that those who receive letters may have some idea of when they were written.

Hoole News.
Kenneth Ogden is now home, came to the early Communion at Tarleton on Sunday morning. He returns on Tuesday. Ronald Reading is in England.

Letters Received.
The Rector has received a very nice letter from Frank Timperley's Chaplain, and also an equally cheery one from Frank himself. Tom Walsh writes to ask us to remember him to all his friends. Harry Price writes again and Kenneth Hind writes home to say that he is well. Tom Walsh says that he is quite happy and very fit. Ronnie Pilkington writes a long letter full of interesting news. Jimmy Leacy and Jimmy Burns also write as we go to Press.

Red Cross Fund.
On Monday evening Mr. Silcocks gave the entire proceeds from his Round-a-Bouts to the Red Cross Fund. The sum handed to the Rector from this was 10.10. 0d. We thank Mr. Silcocks for this generous gift. Mrs. Croft as head of the W.V.S. is organising a scheme for everyone to give sixpence a week to buy material for the women to make bed garments etc.

Local News.
Mr. John Pickervance, Verger and School caretaker, is in Preston Infirmary waiting to undergo an operation. The Chapel Tea Party took place on Saturday. The local A.R.P. First Aiders are getting a motor ambulance. Asking for 5 subscriptions. Have already got several. Every lad serving with Colours becomes an Hon.member of the British Legion Club. The Mothers' Union is giving 10/- to every lad back from Dunkirk. Will cost them 8. Mr. Penn has bought a new bicycle. He purchased his last one 36 years ago. Two, and possibly four, air raid shelters are to be erected in Tarleton and one in Hesketh Bank.

Lighter Side.
Guide, showing Tourists over ancient castle: "This castle was built 600 years ago. Since then not a stone has been touched, nothing altered, nothing replaced". Tourist; "H'm, they must have the same landlord as we have."

From other Parishes.
Hugh Abram, Moss Lane, Hesketh Bank, has joined the Guards. Matt. Farington, of Longton, grandson of James Whittle, the coal merchant, has also joined the Guards. His brother Jimmy has been in the East for some time. Ronnic Sergeant has also joined up.

An Evening Prayer.
I will lay me down in sleep and take my rest; for it is Thou, Lord, only, that makest me to dwell in safety. Lighten our darkness, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, and by Thy great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Roll of Honour.
The number of names on our Roll of Honour in Church of those actually serving with the Colours now totals 70 and increases every week. A similar Roll is also hung in the British Legion Club Room.

From Whence cometh our Help.
It all depends on me, and I depend on GOD.

In the Early Hours.
The Rector has now his telephone bell in his bedroom. So if you arrive at Preston, or Southport, in the very early hours of the morning ring up Hosketh Bank 230, and he will come at once and fetch you home. It is no bother at all. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord lift up tho Light of His Countenance upon you and give you His Peace. Amen.


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