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June 22nd 1944
No. 220 - Issued weekly since May 1940

My dear Boys and Girls,
Well, things certainly are looking brighter in these days, and all of you who are away will be interested to hear that we back home have now started worrying about the kind of welcome we intend to give you when you return to civvy street. I, for one, am quite determined that such a welcome is not to begin and end with a big parade round the village followed by a tea party and nothing else. The parade and the tea party are all right in themselves, but you will need much more than these. There is the need of seeing that you all get good jobs, reasonable pay, comfortable and cheap houses, and a bit of money with which to buy furniture. In fact it is going to be a big task seeing that you get what you all so well deserve when, at last, you arrive home for good.
I am working out a lot of schemes and I have a really good strong Committee to help me. I will keep you in touch with what is going on. As far as Tarleton, at any rate, is concerned, we are not going to let things slide as was done after the last war. From a material point of view as Chairman of the British legion, I shall be in a position to see that this does not happen. As rector of the parish I shall be equally anxious about your spiritual welfare. This, of course, is what you will expect and I do not think I shall fail you in either of these directions.
Well, the very best of good fortune to you all,
With my love, my prayers and my Blessing,
Ever your affectionate friend,

Methodist Tea Party on Saturday. Silcocks round-a-bouts stayed on for it. Usual procession with tea in Methodist School. Very fine day. On Wednesday evening Mr. Herbert Silcocks gave the entire proceeds from the round-a-bout to the local War Comforts Funds, including the N.L. The total came to £l6, which was divided equally between the Red Cross; British Legion; Methodist; Mothers' Union, Comforts Funds and the N.L. We all owe Mr. Silcocks our thanks for his generosity.
Mr. Harry Quinlan's meat van caught fire at Rufford last Friday evening and was completely destroyed. Mr. Quinlan was driving and he escaped unhurt. There was only the last order in it, a round of beef.
Mrs. Maggie Taylor, Kearsley Avenue was taken suddenly ill one day last week and was rushed off to Southport Infirmary where she was instantly operated on for appendicitis.
Mrs. Swift (Agnes Rigby) who is a W.R.N. has borrowed all the rector's garden party paraphenalia, including his Aunt Sally for a Party which the W.R.N.s are giving to the lads in the Naval Hospital at ----.
Last Sunday the Tarleton platoon, Home Guard, went in for their proficiency test and all the 24 men who went in for it passed successfully.
Bowling Club's President's Day last Saturday. Richard lddon is this year's President. In the Competition the following were the winners.
1st. Ted Edmondson. 2nd Tom Sutton. Consolation Prizes to John Iddon (Sutton Lane) and James Spencer.
Mrs. Nicholson, Kearsley Avenue, is in the Southern Hospital, Liverpool, waiting for an operation. She has written to the rector asking him to send her the N.L., which, of course, he will do most willingly.
The rector sent a letter to every householder in the parish asking everyone to attend a meeting in the schools to discuss the matter of what Tarleton intends to do for the lads and lasses when they return home at the end of the war. Committees were formed and some very useful suggestions were made. The rector took the Chair. More about this meeting in our next issue.
The comrades of LAC Tom Parkinson, who was killed in C.M.F. have clubbed together and sent Mrs. Parkinson nearly £25 and have asked her to get the rector's permission to put a plaque in the Parish Church in his memory. Tom was very popular with all his comrades.
The second annual competition for the cup which the rector presented for the best shooting platoon in the 13th Batt. home Guard, will take place on Sunday, July 23rd. Last year Penwortham won it, this year we hope to bring it to Tarleton.
Mrs. Robert Watson (nee Peggy Fitzsimmons of Liverpool) who last year married Corpl. Roger Watson of Marshes Lane, Mere Brow, has presented him with a daughter.

Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from overseas in a very much censored letter "I am in the best of health and we are all very confident for the future. Will you please tell all my friends at home, through the N.L. that all is going fine? We are all well and hoping to be home again with you soon now. I was thinking of you on Sunday, as no doubt you were of all of us. Its to the boys who are p-o-w to whom our prayers go most, may God give them strength and hope, and a speedy release. I cannot tell you much, but I am hoping that the day will come when I can sit down and tell you all."
Gunner Ronnie Whiteside writes from C.M.F. "I see from the N.Ls that a lot of the boys are now in Italy. I told you in my last letter that I had a pal when on guard in a nightingale; well, last night I was rather startled when above our heads I saw a small light. On enquiring what it was I found that it was a firefly."
Sergt. John Houghton writes from B.N.A.F. "Much has happened since I wrote last, and at the moment I am at a reception camp not far from my H.Q. waiting for evacuation either to the U.K. or some other rendezvous, to undergo O.T.C.U. training for a Commission. A few weeks ago I had two very pleasant surprises. First of all I met Walter Ashcroft, of Thornton Farm, Rufford. A week later I came across Jack Wignall, also of Rufford. Please remember me to all my Tarleton friends, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Billington of Mere Brow."
Dvr. John Caunce airgraphs from C.M.F. "At present we are in billets at ----, and to tell you the truth you do not need anyone to push you out of bed, your bed nearly walks out of the room; I will not say what with, but they are not very nice bed mates. Anyway I have got some powder and I am going to lay a "boom" round the bed tonight, and in my next letter I will let you know if this stops them. Please remember me to all at home and give them my love. We have moved a long way since I last wrote to you, and I have not had any mail for over a week. However I think that we now deserve our rest. "
AC2 Alan Jay, R.A.F writes, "I have been so busy studying at nights that this letter to you has been delayed. Let me congratulate you on the Tarleton Salute the Soldier week which I thought was very good. Thanks for the N.Ls; they do keep one in touch with home so much. Please convey my best wishes to all the Tarleton boys and girls in the Forces and wish them for me the very best of good fortune."
Sapper Jimmy Harrison writes from somewhere in England, "The news of the second front came as a surprise though it has been talked about so much. The war could not finish so quickly without it and I suppose that that is why everyone is so anxious for it to be a real success. Please note my change of address. I have received no N.Ls for about a fortnight, so I suppose that they have been sent to my last address, and will be forwarded on to me here. I will write again when I get something worth writing about."
Marine Harry Iddon writes, again from somewhere in the British Isles "We have just been hanging around waiting for a draft to a new Unit. I see that Bill Wright passed fit for the tough mob; well, the best of luck to him and his pal Les (Hodson). I did not see them when they were up here. How do you like my Scotch? a bit different from the Lancs. talk, still the people are very good to us and always most willing to help us in every way possible. Give my best regards to my brother Jack, and remember me to Jack Moss, and all the best to the boys and girls in the Services."
Private Harry Woosey writes "In answer to your N.L. dated May 25th, I would like to give you a few of my ideas on the post-war world. First a secure job, reasonable wages, better housing facilities, better education for children including scholarships, occupational centres, evening classes for ex-sevicemen. Secondly, now is the time for everyone to look to God, and I would like to say that when peace is here I would like to see a big drive made by the Church to get everyone interested in religion again. It is my day off to-day and I keep giving over writing to watch the bombers going over loaded. I always said give the British soldier the right kind of material and there is not a better fighting man anywhere. Please could you offer a special prayer in Church on Sunday for the Allied Armies in France and in Italy. My kind regards to all the lads and lassies from Tarleton in the Forces especially to all those abroad."
Pte. Ronnie Sergeant writes "It is very heartening here to listen to the continual roar of planes on their forward and backward missions across the Channel. We ourselves are not here for a picnic, so you can imagine how really desirous we are that each plane should drop its stuff successfully in preparing the way for us. I am feeling rather miserable at the moment as Margaret has just gone home after spending a very delightful ten days with me. Will you please send my best wishes to all my friends & relatives."

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