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RECTOR'S WEEKLY NEWS
May 18th 1944
No. 214 - Issued weekly since May 1940


Sunnymede,
Plox Brow.
May 18th 1944.

Dear Boys and Girls,
The Rector has requested me to write a few lines for the News Letter and as he deserves all the support we can give him, therefore it is a pleasure for me to comply. All the boys and girls who have joined the Forces are specially in all our thoughts this week. Tarleton is celebrating "Salute the Soldier" week, this week. The Target has been fixed at £10,000, which we hope to surpass. The Parish as a whole is all alive with interest in your welfare. Not only temporally, but also spiritually are we remembering you in all our devotions and prayers. If, in the Providence of God, you are spared to return, and our prayer is that it may be soon, there awaits you a welcome reception to Home and Friends in the Parish.
Therefore let your faith be strong and your courage brave, proving that yours is a righteous cause for the maintenance of Freedom, goodwill and justice and may this homeland of ours never again be disturbed by war.
Always remembering you at the Mercy Seat,
Yours faithfully,
ROBERT LATHAM, J. P.

Note: - We have reprinted Mr. Latham's letter again this week as the name was given incorrectly on our last issue. This was no doubt due to the fact that the rector wrote last weeks letter in a hurry as he had to go to Bournmouth for his brother's funeral. He apologises for the mistake.

HOME FRONT NEWS.
Frank Taylor, Boundary Lane, has received his calling up papers for R.N.
Clara Miller (Bert Miller's wife), Guides Road, H.B., died on Friday in giving birth to a child. She used to conduct on H.M.S. buses. She was 21 years old. She was buried at H.B. on Monday by rector of Tarleton.
Mrs. Snaylam who lived at Hoole died at the house of her daughter Mrs. Robert Baybutt, Carr Lane, and was buried at H.B. on Saturday by the rector or Tarleton. She was 64 years of age.
The rector went to Bournemouth on Monday to make arrangements for the funeral of his only surviving brother. He was buried at Boscombe on Thursday morning at 10.30. The rector returned from Bournemouth at 1.30 the same day and got back to Preston at 4 o' clock on Friday morning. He telephoned to Smith's, at Longton and a taxi was sent to bring him home.
The Lancashire Association of Bellringers visited Tarleton on Saturday afternoon and pealed our bells all the afternoon and evening. Afterwards the rector entertained them to tea in the schools.
The Tarleton 'Salute the Soldier' week brought in £25,000. H.B. £34,000.
The new rector of Bretherton is to be the Rev. Ernest Steinly who is at present rector of Rufford, so he will not be moving far.
The infant daughter of Pte. and Mrs. Brain (nee Maggie Southern) was baptised in Tarleton Parish Church on Sunday with the name of Barbara.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS.
FUS Billy Lowe (Sollom) writes from India "I am in the best of health. You will see that I have changed my address again and I am now out in the wilds; but we have a very good canteen."
Dvr. John Caunce writes a long letter from C.M.F. "First of all I would like to remind you of an old saying that I have often heard you speak about in Church, and now I really can see it. You used to say that it was a sorry state when it took a war to make people realise how far from God they really have let themselves go. I am sending a cutting from the 'Union Jack' of lads making their Communion in the forward lines in Italy. You will be pleased to know that I have made my Easter Communion, and have just arrived back from the Service which I really did enjoy."
L/Cpl Harry Devitt writes a very long letter from India describing a really wonderful Christmas leave he enjoyed. Here is a short extract "We arrived back at nine o'clock and did complete justice to a seven course dinner awaiting for us. That day was not sufficient for two of the party who finished the evening by going to a Dance, for it was Christmas Eve, but I was content to sit by the fire with an after dinner cigar. The following morning we all went to Church, and we formed quite a party. We all enjoyed the Service and stayed to Communion. Afterwards I started asking questions about the Church because it was a really magnificent building. It was built in 1835 and must have been a wonderful achievement because in those days there were only narrow paths up the mountain sides, and the organ must have been taken up by coolies piecemeal and assembled on the spot."
Sergt. Sandy Laing, R.M. writes "Thank you for the honour you bestowed on me at the 'Salute the Soldier' March Past. It made me feel very proud that I was accepted as one of you. It seems that I am getting all my luck at once as, since I have been back, I have been promoted to Sergeant, which carries with it quite a lot of privileges I respect. Please thank all the organisations that have sent me money and give them my apologies for not having thanked them personally when on leave, but I had very little time then."
Dvr. Fred Bentham writes "Many thanks for the 'Salute the Soldier' double number which I received to-day. I hope the big parade you talk of having when the lads come home is not far off. Please remember me to R. Iddon (Chunky), David Hanson., Bill and Jimmy Harrison, and all in the Forces through the N.L."
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes "I would like you to thank Harold Aspey for asking about me. Tell him I wish him all the best. Also my respects to Jack Robinson, whom I haven't seen for two years, and, space permitting, to Vera, my sister-in-law. Keep smiling Vera. To all from home in H.M. Forces a speedy return to all our loved ones."
Dvr. Walter Rawsthorne says "For the past eight days I have been on the King's Highway. I cannot say when we shall return to base, but I don't think it will be yet awhile. This is quite a pleasant kind of life as it enables one to see plenty of the English countryside. It is, of course, hardwork driving on an average 100 miles a day, but it makes us tired enough to sleep in the waggons without any complaint."
Sapper Jimmy Harrison writes "This is a nice place, the food is good, so I cannot even think of a grouse. The N.L. has been arriving O.K. and seems to get more interesting each week. Judging by the time the Tarleton Fire Service took to deal with the motor lorry it seems up to scratch, and ready for anything. Please mention me to David Hanson; Fred Bentham, Bill Wright and Gunner Signaller W. Harrison."
Pte. Robert Watson (Mere Brow) says "My mate Fred and I always look forward to your N.L. on a Monday morning. Fred knows as much of what goes on in Tarleton as I do. He has just come up from the Cook-house with some tea and cake for our supper. Most of the lads come in the cooks' hut for a drink of tea."
Gunner Nick Taylor writes "I was interested to see my cousin Eric Edmondson mentioned in the last N.L. It seems a long time since we worked together at the Boatyard. I seldom miss the Church Service in camp which is taken by the padre. I very often go to the village school where they run a canteen for the Forces. Every Sunday night the place gets packed out with lads from the camp, and we have a good sing, and free refreshments are given by the people of the village. It reminds me of the good times we had at home."
O/S Walter Ascroft R.N. writes "At present I am driving a R.N. waggon. I don't know how long I shall have the job, but it isn't too bad. It is the last job I expected to have in the Navy but I don't mind it at all. Will you please remember me to my uncle, Tom Harrison, and cousin William Harrison, also to Tom Sutton?"
Dvr. Dick Taylor (Mere Brow), "All the country round here is green and fresh and there is plenty of blossom on the fruit trees, so if the frost and disease will keep away there is every prospect of a bumper harvest. But for all this nice scenery round here give me a bit of Lancashire by name Mere Brow, and I will be satisfied. Please remember me to Charlie Wright (R.A.F.) who I believe is still in India."
Bdr. Dick Blundell writes . "Probably you will have been thinking I had either forgotten you or that I had kicked the bucket or something, but no, far from it, I am alive and well. I would like to be remembered to Vernon Ogden. I was sorry to hear that he hadn't time to get married last week. If he had it would have been just a year since they stood for my wife and me. Good luck to all the boys and girls wherever they may be."
S/n. George Barker writes "Since the Iight weather came I have been out of camp almost every night farming. I am satisfied though that I have been doing a good job of work here in my spare time as labour is exceedingly short and they even have gypsies working in the fields. Kindly spare me a line in the N.L. to be remembered to all my friends in the Forces."
L./Cpl Mary Coulton, A.T.S., writes "I have never been so thankful to see the N.L. as I have the last few weeks, with leave being cancelled and everything unsettled. Will you kindly remember me to my cousins Tom and Harry in India. I wish them all a safe and speedy return home."


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