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June 15th 1944
No. 219 - Issued weekly since May 1940

Rector's Weekly News.
My dear Boys and Girls,
In the extracts from letters you will find that ERM Dick Burns asks me to settle a most interesting argument on board his ship. It is "Do people go to Church to be amused by hearing some spectacular preacher or some famous man reading the Lesson, or do they go merely to worship God?
Well, the answer is; Some few may, and indeed certainly do, go to be entertained by a good-preacher, but I am quite sure that the majority go because they really do desire to worship and also to pray. A fairly good test is found in the number of Communicants at a Church: At this service, especially when it is held in the quiet hours of the morning, there is certainly never any spectacular preacher. Yet large numbers of Churches have a great many Communicants at these early services. Also, as Dick pointed out to his pal, everyone goes to Church to get something; something to sustain, and feed and enlighten his soul. There is nothing wrong in that. After Communion, and to a lesser degree after any other inspiring Service, we go away feeling we really have got something that we lacked before. It is right that we should. Very few people go to Church now-a-days because it is ' the right thing'. Also there is nothing very wrong in people going to hear a good preacher, especially if they have attended a Service beforehand with the express purpose of worshiping God. There is, too, the fact that no-one has the right to judge the motive of others in attending Church.
I may return to this very interesting subject later. In the meantime you know that wherever you are you have the prayers of all the village. Many of you are having hard and strenuous and dangerous times. We will be on our knees praying for you.
May God bless you all, and keep you safe,
ever your sincere friend,

Church Sunday School Tea Party last Saturday. Weather quite good, procession round parish with banner and Morris Dancers who were excellent. Sumptuous tea in schools, Silcocks on Recreation field, a tip-top day.
Mr. Joseph Nicholas Whiteside, Moss Lane, was burried at H.B. on Saturday. He was 66. Service in Methodist Chapel, Hesketh Lane.
Ellen Rimmer of Longton was married last week at Longton to Alfred Cookson of H.B.
Margaret Hodson, Church Road is being married on July 1st to Harold Walker (Jonny), of Salisbury and Bank Hall.
Mr. and Mrs. Walsh went last week to see Tom who is recovering from Pneumonia in a military Hospital in Yokshire.
Mrs. Wilkinson (nee Evelyn Taylor of Kearsley Avenue, who married Michael Wilkinson of Southend-on-sea last year) has presented her husband with a daughter.
Major P.W.Batey, M.C. and bar, who before the war was senior resident and physics master at Hutton Grammer School, has been killed in action in Italy. It will be remembered that another well-known Hutton Master, Lieut. M.P. Gamon, was killed in action with Italian destroyers while serving in H.M.S. Ajax.
Mrs. Abraham Wright (nee a corner of Croston) has presented her husband with a daughter.

O/S John Croft, (son of Dr. Croft) writes from his very famous ship to say "Good fortune has put me in a Mess with a grand lot of fellows, and I shall be sorry when, shortly, it will be time to say goodbye to them all. H.M. the King, and Monty have paid us a visit recently. We had everything cleaned up and smart for them, but it did not mean any extra work, as this ship is always 'spotless'. I have not been ashore for nearly a month now, but get a good walk up and down the Foc'sle every day."
Dvr. Stanley Johnson writes from C.M.F. to say "I have changed both my company and my address, not to mention being demoted from the high rank of L/Cpl to driver, still when they break your old company up and post you to another there is not much you can do about it. After experiencing rain in Italy, I have come to the conclusion that even Africa has got nothing on it, when it starts a solid sheet of water descends on you."
Cpl. Jimmy Swift airgraphs from East Africa "This is a grand place, more like blighty than Africa, and the Church suits me fine. This is a grand camp with everything well organised. Sport is a great thing here and the authorities encourage one to take part in it. Also I have met several of my pals here whom I have not seen for some time. Please remember me to all at home."
L/Sgt. Harry Forrest airgraphs from M.E.F. "I have to-day received my 211th issue of the N.L. They are the best thing for keeping me, or anyone else, up-to-date with what is going on in the little village at home. On the table where I am writing I have the Parish Magazine, and it brings back memories to me of not long ago. It is now nearly three years since I boarded the bus outside the Church for my overseas station, and I pray to God that it may not be long before I am back home. Remember me to all my old pals who, like me, are in the Services."
Sub. Lieut Robert Iddon, R.N.V.R. airgraphs from South Africa "As I told you when I last wrote I have now completed my course, and am hoping to get back to sea again shortly. As all the other R.N. boys will agree it is about time that I got some more sea-time in. I am still enjoying myself in this part of the worId and was fortunate enough to meet my cousin Ralph Iddon,(R.A.F.) one night last week. It was three years since I last saw Ralph, so you can imagine that it was quite a pleasant meeting."
Gunner Philip Rigby writes from the Burmese jungle saying. "I am writing to you in my foxhole which comes in very handy. As you know I am in Burma and have had three months of it now. It is no picnic here in the jungle. We have a new Padre here with us, quite a decent one. We are pestered to death by the thousands of flies that infest this part of the globe, and I hope that the rains remove them. I do not see Bill Ellison mentioned in the N.Ls lately, would you please remember me to him. Remember me also to the Home Guard and all who are serving in H.M. Forces."
ERM Dick Burns, R.N. writes from his ship "I wish you would give me a few lines extra in your next letter just to give a bit of advice on an argument about Church which has arison in the Mess. A lad said that at an ordinary Church Service the Church would be half empty, but if a famous man such as General Montgomery was to read the lesson, it would be packed, but not to worship God, but to hear and see General Montgomery. So will you give me a few answers to such questions. Remember me to my brothers and in-laws also to the Melling boys and all the lads and lassies away from home.
Sgt. Sandy Laing R.M. writes "By now I expect you will have heard the good news of the invasion. I just thought at the time, I bet there are a few of my mates there, and a good few Tarletonians also. What I would have given to be with there and help finish this packet!"
AC/2 Freddy Coupe writes from Nassau "I am now back to the old routine and a bit fed up with it all. I suppose that is with the place being so small and with me being here so long. Every day is the same old routine and the same old faces. Kindly give my best wishes to all the lads in the Forces."
Sapper Dan Johnson writes from C.M.F. "I am writing this in the lorry between stops so a pencil is more handy than a pen. I have yet to came across the first Tarleton Lad in Italy, the nearest yet is from Preston and he serves me with petrol daily, and it was rather comical when he pulled out a photograph from his pocket and I was able to show him one of the same girl. However, neither of us are interested now, so there is no jealousy. My impressions of Italy - as in all other countries there are decent folk in Italy; the countryside is similar in many ways to our own; plants such as cactus and the vine fields alone remind us that we are not in our own country."
A.B. Ken Dandy R.N. writes "You will see by the address that I have moved again, but I don't think I shall be here long as I am going abroad. Will you please remember me to Hubert Tompson, BilI Bretherton and Hugh Sutton. If you remember you travelled down from Preston to London with Hugh Sutton and myself, and I shall never forget that day. I am just going down to the Canteen to get some 'big eats', so I will close."
Gunner Arthur Harrisan writes "I think, in fact I am sure, that our Churches will not be empty when this war is over. I hope that God will spare you to have the greatest pleasure - to see us all safely back home in a packed Church with our loved ones; not for one week, but every week. You may not get another letter from me for a few weeks now, but you will know the reason, I cannot tell you but you will understand. To all my friends at home I wish the very best."
Pte. Ken Robshaw writes from India "I am spending 14 days' leave miles away from the Unit, 6,000 ft. above sea level. The climate is very like that in England. There is a very large lake with plenty of paddle boats, also yachting; riding, and scores of other amusements. I am very busy these days and have just been given an important job with plenty of writing and running about. All the N.Ls are arriving safely."

Answers to last week's 'Brain Buster's:
1. Rubies; bruise; buries; busier.
2. The R.S.M. was 42 yrs. of age. His daughters ages were 21, 20, and 1.

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