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July 6th 1944
No. 222 - Issued weekly since May 1940

Rector's Weekly News.
My dear Boys and Girls,
The news continues to be good and everyone seems to be in good heart. If things continue at the present rate we should not be so long before we are putting up the flag to welcome you all home.
Local news has been very scarce this week. I suppose everyone is too busy either in the field or the greenhouse for much to happen.
A great many of you seem interested in my request for your ideas as to the conditions we must insist upon after the war, the standard of living, and the standard of life, two very different things. For the standard of living implies the material side, better housing, reasonable hours of work, educational facilities, But the standard of life goes right down to the soul of man, his spiritual existence, and embraces honesty, clean living, fair dealing, duty towards his neighbour, truth and justice, and these can only be brought about by close affinity with God. These are spiritual matters and concern the soul. Folk very often talk glibly about war being brought about by economic conditions. That is only half the truth, for the real root of war is a dead or dying soul, whether it be in man or nation. Think this out.
With my love, my prayers and my Blessing,
ever your affectionate,

Mrs. Austin Barton (nee Mary Lizzie Johnson, daughter of Alf Johnson) has presented her husband with a son.
Mrs. John Edmondson, Fermor Road, has presented her husband with a son.
Mrs. Watson, formerly Mrs. Robshaw, Doctor's lane collected a penny each from friends at her private Whist Drive and gave it, 5/- , to the N.L. Fund.
Mrs. Swift (nee Agnes Rigby), and her band of helpers have collected £26 for Preston Infirmary.
Mrs. Howard, Bretherton Moss, has died at the age of 92 yrs.
The Standard of the newly formed Tarleton Troop of Boy Scouts was consecrated in Church by the rector on Sunday evening.
Mr. Dick Proctor sold his bungalow in Carr Lane on Saturday for £670. It was bought by Mr. Duckworth, New Road, on behalf of a friend who at present lives in East Lancs, somewhere about Bolton or Burnley.
The newly revived Tarleton Troop of Boy Scouts brought their new Banner to Church on Sunday evening when it was consecrated by the rector
The wedding took place on Saturday at Tarleton Methodist Chapel of Margaret Hodson, Church Road, to Harold Walker (Johnny) of Salisbury and Bank Hall. Wedding Breakfast. and Reception at Garlicks.

Gunner Tom Harrison, Kearsley Avenue, airgraphs from S.E.A.F. "I have just returned from Calcutta where I have spent a few days' leave. My mail is coming through well. The monsoons are now on, and, believe me, once it starts to rain it rains cats and dogs. I had a letter from my brother Bill who seems in the best of health. Remember me to my brother Bill, my pal Gerrard, also my cousin Mary, A.T.S., Harry Latham, Harry, Tom and Dick Harrison."
Dvr. Billy Harrison, Tom's brother, airgraphs from B.N.A.F. "The main news of to-day is the invasion. I must say it has made everyone out here feel better and I suppose it is the same at home. I would like to be remembered to George Farrington, Sid Ball, John Caunce, and my old work pal Nurse Ann Barron, and tell her I am glad she is doing her bit. And don't forget my brother Tom out in India."
The Rev. E.J. Forse, C.F., Chaplain at a Base Depot in M.E.F. airgraphs "Thanks for N.Ls. They gave me an introduction the other day when a Signalman Austerbury asked me was I a relative of yours. He did not know you himself but read the N.L. which you send to Stanley Fraser (Mere Brow). I gave him some N.Ls I had by me. I have paid another visit to Jerusalem and the Holy Land. I have started a visitor's book in my Church hut and will look out for Tarleton names. I am presenting a candidate for Confirmation in the Cathedral at Cairo this evening.''
Dvr. Joe Wait airgraphs from C.M.F . "Now I am out here I hope to see a few Tarleton lads and will tell you if I do so. Walter Moss and I have many a good chat out here over old times, and we both look forward to the N.L. As you will know George and Edgar are both serving in the same Unit. In your next N.L, will you please remember me to all the lads and lassies in the Forces, especially Harry Iddon and Tom Spencer,"
Pte. Ken Robshaw airgraphs from India "Since I last wrote I have been on 10 days leave in the hills and did a bit of climbing. I slipped and have been in hospital; in fact I was given up, I was so ill. But pleased to say, I am now O.K. and am back with my Unit. I wish my mother's wedding had taken place at Tarleton Church, but still my time will come soon. Please remember me to all."
Pte. Jack Parker airgraphs from India "I am having a bit of a rest in a hill station at the other end of India. This is quite a civilized place. I hope to go to Church to-morrow, Trinity Sunday. This will have to be my Easter Commmion as it is the only chance I have had since Easter. Last Sunday I spent in a train."
Gdsn. Jack Moss writes from C.M.F. "Would you through the N.L. convey to Jimmy Sutton that is he is now with 81 instead of number 6, he will be able to contact me. Also will you convey my regards to my girl in the W.L.A., and my brother Walter, and Ken Nicholson, Dick Gabbott, Norman Barron and John Iddon, and all in the Forces"
Gdsn Aubrey Smith writes from his prisoner-of-war camp in Germany saying "I am in the best of health. I have received no mail from anywhere in Lancashire. I was thinking of you over Easter as I know what a busy time it is for you, and you are always in my prayers. I often see Billy Benjamin's friend, and there is also a lad from Preston here. Give my best wishes to all through the N.L. and especially to the Misses Chapman."'
Gunner Arthur Harrison writes from France "We are out in the fields supporting the Infantry boys. We are certainly letting Jerry know that we are out here in France, and I can tell you we are lobbing them over. We had a safe crossing. I know that all your thoughts are out here and we are certainly thinking of you. To all at home say that we are confidant of the future knowing that it is for the good of mankind. My best wishes to my sister-in-law Vera Iddon, also to Jack Robinson - Good Iuck, Jack, keep smiling, We look forward more than ever to the N.L. now that we are over here. Well, it is now "take positions'", and you know what that means, so I will have to finish."
Dvr. John Iddon writes from the M.E.F. ''I have seen nearly all the middle east now, and I was on the lake which Jesus walked across. When I was down in --- I had a night out with Dick Gabbott. We went down to Ronnie Pilkington's camp, but he had gone out. Next day we were on the road to Palestine - just my luck. When you meet someone from your own village, you move. I have had "Tarleton, Lancs" put on the bumper of my waggon, and I've met quite a few chaps from the villages round about. My best regards to my brother Harry, Dick Gabbott, Jack Moss, and the boys and girls in the Forces."
Mr. John Hornby M.B.E., R.N. writes "I was very much interested in your idea of getting the views of all our boys away from home as to the best ways to make a fresh start when war has ceased. It would require a very clever pen and much thought to embrace all ideas briefly. There is almost enough material to fill a book on the subject. Please give my best wishes to all in the Forces, and to the fighting men "God Speed."
Dvr. Fred Taylor writes from C.M.F. "I want to thank you for the most welcome letter of this war - the N.L. I see that Eddie Farrel wishes to be remembered to me. Please pass on my best wishes to him, and remember me to his wife whom I know very well. Please give my best wishes to all the Fire Service of which I used to be a member. I told Tom Hurst I would get down to see them again but I could not do so. Remember me to Tom Rimmer, Jim Latham, and John Hornby, and the best of luck to all in the Forces."
Ian Forse, the rector's nephew, writes "I am at home for three weeks leave having been sent from the Mediterranean to take a course for a Commission in the Navy. My best wishes and greetings to all the lads and lassies from Tarleton who are in the Forces, partuicularly Fred Forshaw and Ernie Ball."
L/Cpl Frank Hewitson writes from B.N.A.F. "I'm enclosing a booklet which will probably be interesting to you. It was sent me by an American friend who is the rector of a Californian Parish Church. Of particular interest are the article by Madame Chiang-Kai-Shek, and the new version of the hymn "Eternal Father strong to save" You will have heard of the swarms of locusts which have been ravaging this country. The natives eat them like we eat shrimps. I wonder if they would care for them at Banks?"
Gunner Nick Taylor writes "We have been doing quite a lot of moving about and have seen some very beautiful spots in the mountains and valleys. We have been sleeping under hedges and trees, which I have not got used to."

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