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No: 302
March 7th 1946

My dear Boys and Girls,
You will notice that the first item in the Home Front News, is that of the engagement of Miss Evelyn Webster to Mr. Tom Whitehead, and I am quite sure that you will all wish me to congratulate her through the NL on your behalf. As you will notice in another part of this issue, Miss Evelyn Webster has addressed, sealed and affixed stamps to 100,000 NLs during the past six years. No small task, as you will realise. For some time I have thought of suggesting that every recipient of the NL would like to show his or her appreciation in some tangible way. And here is the opportunity. We might all subscribe towards a really nice present, something that could be suitably inscribed, so that she could have, throughout her life, some tangible token of our gratitude. I have asked Miss Kathleen Topping, Ferndale, Church Road, Tarleton, to be the treasurer of this Fund, and I suggest that every reader of the NL send her a small subscription, of not more than 5/-. If every recipient of the NL did this we should have a really appreciable sum, sufficient to buy a gift worthy of our gratitude. As I owe most, in the way of gratitude, to Miss Webster, I am going to break my own rule and start the Fund off with a subscription of £5, which I have already handed to Miss Kathleen Topping. So please do not delay, but send your own subscriptions at once to Miss Topping, at the address given in this letter. Subscribers' names, but not the amount given, will be inserted, week by week, in the NL as they come to hand. One thing I do ask-please do not send any money to me, or give me any to pass on to Miss Topping. I really am far too busy to take on any more work. But don't forget to write to me, for the NL lives and breathes and has its being solely through the letters you write to me direct. What a long, and what a business letter this has been. With all my love and all my prayers for you all, ever your affectionate old friend,

The engagement is announced of Tom Whitehead, Hesketh Bank, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Whitehead, to Evelyn Webster, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Webster. At the Valentine Day dance at the Conservative Hall prizes were given for the most original Fancy Dresses. Gladys Hodson went as the Rectory Ghost, and Winnie Stazicker (Mrs. Jack Stazicker, nee Pendlebury went as the "News Letter"). Both won prizes. The proceeds which were for the Welcome Home Fund came to £40. The British Legion Women's Section have given £50 to the Welcome Home Fund, and £10 to the NL Fund out of their own funds. Mrs. Ernest Ball, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. William Iddon, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Alty held a Whist Drive and raised £14.10s. for the NL Fund. Rosie Twist has gone to Paris to marry Sergeant Michael Giquel, a soldier of the Free French Army, whom she met when he was stationed at Southport. We regret to announce the death of Miss Doris Southworth, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Southworth, Blackgate Lane, after a few days' illness. She was 37 years of age.
Through the rector, the Rev. P.A.Rawstorne, the "Mother Church" of Croston has sent the rector of Tarleton two guineas towards the NL Fund. Mr. William Grimes, the present Landlord of the Victoria Hotel, Accrington, has been appointed by Messrs. Thwaites and Co., the Brewers, to be the new Landlord of the Tarleton Hotel, better known as the Cock and Bottle. The late Mr. Roscoe's bungalow, in Fermor Road, was sold by auction on Saturday and fetched the fantastic price of £2,125. It is only a very small bungalow with five small, and very old greenhouses behind. The purchaser came from away. Miss Mary Bramwell, aged 56, of Chapel Road, HB, was found dead at her home on Friday. The infant son, and first child, of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cookson, Wesleyan Cottages, Church Road, was christened on Saturday, in Tarleton Parish Church with the name of Derek. Dan Wright was married on Tuesday last in Tarleton Parish Church to Margery Iddon, Hunters Lane, Holmes. Honeymoon at Blackpool. Polling for the County Council took place on Monday. Only two local candidates-Philip Barron and Henry Shaw, Market Gardener and Poultry Farmer, Mere Lane, Rufford. No-one seems interested at all. Ernie Ball came home from India on Demobilisation last week, on the same ship on which Mr. Fry, of Movement Control, was acting as RSM. In connection with the Whist Drive organised by Mrs. Ernest Ball and the other ladies mentioned above, it ought to be put on record that "Alice" (Mrs.R.Townsley, nee Rowland) gave a 'Perm' worth £3.15s, which was won by Mrs. Walter Dandy. Mr. and Mrs. William Gregson celebrated their Golden Wedding on Friday of last week. They were married in Tarleton Parish Church by Archdeacon Fletcher then rector of Tarleton, in 1896. Mrs. Gregson was Miss Alice Spencer before she was married. Mr. and Mrs. Eli Howard celebrated their silver wedding a fortnight ago with a family Tea Party in the Methodist School at Tarleton. Mr. Fred Croft, who before the War was Assistant Town Clerk of Doncaster, has now been appointed to the Town Clerk's Office of Plymouth, as Town Planning Officer of Plymouth.
Result of Poll for the Council has just come in. It is:- Philip Barron 1,659 votes, H. Shaw 495 votes.

LAC Freddy Coupe writes from Goose Bay, Labrador, "I've only another four months to do to complete my three years over here, and it's amazing how fast those three years have passed; it hardly seems yesterday since I said goodbye to you. As usual it is very cold up here, with plenty of snow about, but it's rather a funny thing that I never seem to get a cold. Of course the climate is very dry, so that may have something to do with it. Even when it's 30 below zero it doesn't seem any colder than when it starts freezing at home. All the same I think that I have seen enough snow to last me a lifetime. It's about six feet deep now, and comes right over the bottom of my window, which is frozen in and, of course, I cannot open it. Still all round life has been pretty pleasant." Gunner Tom Fazackerley writes from Deolali, India Command "I am now 'frozen' at this place and doing odd jobs. I see in the NL that quite a number of Tarleton lads are passing through this camp. Tell them that they can find me in E.G. 'Basha' 3 Bty. I shall be only too glad to have a gossip about old times. It's getting very warm out this way, and the O.C. doesn't like seeing us without our shirts. We haven't worn any for four months and were doing quite well until we came here. We had rather a tiresome journey from Chinchwara. The first 80 miles we did by lorry over the 'Chat', a stretch of road all the way down a mountain side 41/2 miles long, dozens of hairpin bends; a drop of 300 ft.on one side, with a wall of solid rock on the other. I am hoping to see some rain soon. It will be a nice change to see it." Dvr. Robert Iddon (Bretherton) writes from an address which says 'British and Indian Troops in Japan', but he says "We are still in India, but we were told today that the drivers and trucks are going in ten days' time. I think I shall be better in Japan. We got back from a three-days scheme this afternoon, and I'm glad to be back here and get a decent sleep. I shall probably go to the pictures in Deolali tomorrow night; we are about 15 miles from Deolali, at a camp near Nasik. Please remember me to all my friends in Tarleton and Bretherton, and say I hope that it won't be long before we are all home again." Cpl. Fred Taylor writes from CMF "You will see that I am now a full Corporal. Since I came back off leave the Coy. have something like 100 wagons going out every day on detail; so we had to make a Petrol Point for filling the wagons up. Then the OC put me in charge, and there is quite a bit of work driving petrol and oils to the Point. I have to keep an account of all my stocks and Issues, so that my day is quite a busy one. We issue 1,300 gallons of petrol a day, so you can see for yourself that it's a full day's work. Please remember me to all my many friends via the NL, and let's hope that everyone will soon be demobbed." Dvr. Sid Ball writes from CMF "I am now at a place called Castellamare, which is about 30 miles from Naples. I have been into Naples quite a few times. Are there any lads from the village stationed round here? If so, I will look them up. The number on our wagons is 396, and numbers of our wagons go into Naples every day. I have received no NL yet since I got back from leave." Dvr. John Caunce writes from CMF "I had a very nice surprise the other day. I walked into the canteen at VILLACH, and met another Tarleton lad, Ronnie Iddon from the Nook Corner. He says that it will not be long now before he returns to England. I am hoping to get down to his Coy to see him again before he leaves Austria. We are getting plenty of sun, but it is always frosty in the morning. I really am looking forward to the NL and the Parish Magazine, but our mail takes the long trip to here and we do not get it too often. Remember me to all my pals in the Forces, and say I hope that they are all keeping well and will be demobbed very soon."
Pte. John Power(HB) writes from BAOR "My Group is 27, and today I learned that I shall be at the Release Embarkation Camp in Louvain for April 16th. I am still stationed near the town of Neumunster. Being in an ammunition Depot it really does get monotonous, as there is nothing to do. Through the fuel shortage there is no central heating in the Magazines which makes it a very unpleasant job having to be inside them, especially in cold weather." AB Walter Ascroft writes from HMS EURACLYON, Malta, "I left the ship this morning and I'm now in Barracks, here in Malta, waiting to go home under Class B. It all came as a surprise to me; anyhow it was a very nice one. I went over to HMS GREGALE the other night to see Tom Dickinson, and we had a nice chat together. I didn't know then that I was going home, so he will be quite surprised when he gets to know. He was pulling my leg, saying that he would be home before me. Please remember me to my cousin Bill Harrison and everyone else who is in the Forces." Bob Iddon, writes from Hesketh Bank "I was nominated for release under Class 'B', and am now at Lostock Hall Council School, but this is only a temporary post. Needless to say I find my new work very much to my liking, and yet, at the same time, I cherish very happy memories which I experienced while in the Services. I thank you for sending the NL to me so regularly while in the Navy for, like all the boys, I too found it most interesting and heartening." Mr. John Hornby BEM of Hoole, who since being demobbed has been appointed Physical Training Instructor and Games Master at the Harris Institute, Preston, writes "Since I wrote to you last I have been elected Chairman of Preston and District ex-Naval Men's Association; which Association in the past has done so much good for the benefit of the Naval men in the district. We hope to continue the good work in the future, so if any ex-Naval men of Tarleton would like any information I should be only too pleased to help, both for welfare or in some cases situations, which many will require when they return home." ATS Lilian Dobson writes "I shall soon be home now. After three and a half years in the ATS I get demobbed tomorrow; I must say that I have enjoyed my Army life, but still I shall be pleased to be a civilian again, although I shall miss all my friends, and I expect that it will take a long time to get used to civilian life again. I want to thank you for the NL which you have sent me so regularly while I have been away from home."

1. If you write down Mary's age this year, and what she was last year, and the year before that; then put down what she will be next year and year after that, you will have five figures. On looking at these figures you will notice that the largest is exactly one and a half times the smallest. How old is Mary?
2. A man's uncle's sister is, of course, his aunt. But that is not quite correct. When is it not correct?
3. Do you know what an ADAC is? As a matter of fact there is no such word, or thing; but you can make it into something by placing two letters in front of it and the same two letters, in the same order, after it.
4. 1 ? 8 ?
? 7 11 2
15 6 ? 3
4 9 ? 16
This is what is known as a magic square, which means that all the figures across and down the square as well as the two diagonals, add up to the same number. What you have to do is to replace the question marks with the figures from 1 to 16 which have not already been used, so as to get the desired result.

Since May 1940, just over 100,000 copies have been sent by post to the boys and girls of Tarleton serving in HM Forces.
The postage alone has cost just over £800.
At present the postage comes to £2.14.21/2d per week, which is roughly £140 per year.
The envelopes, which have to be of good quality to stand the long journeys and rough handling cost £35 per 1000. At times they have cost more. NLs have been safely delivered to our lads in the African desert, the Burmese jungle, Iceland, Labrador, South Africa, America, Australia, Italy, Germany, Japan etc.
From the first number until now the duplicating has been done, at the exceptionally low rate of £1.2.6d per weekly issue by Brown's Typewriting Services, Brougham Street Works, Burnley, the price including the picture of Church and Schools at the head of the NL. Double numbers, of course, have cost more. If anyone wants duplicating done cheaply, expeditiously and well, we recommend this firm.

1. The five ages are 8,9,10,11 and 12 - Twelve being one and a half time eight. Thus Mary is now 10 years old.
2. When she is his mother.
3. Place the letters HE in front and behind it and you have the word HEADACHE.
4. The figures are arranged thus: 1 12 8 13
14 7 11 2
15 6 10 3
4 9 5 16

The owner of the high-powered car was being driven along at a steady 45, and for some time the hooting of a baby car behind had irritated him.
"Accelerate", he instructed his chauffeur.
The car jumped from 45 to 60, but still came the steady honk-honk of the baby car behind.
"Give her all she's got," said the owner of the big car.
The chauffeur stepped on the gas, and the speedometer was soon flickering between 75 and 80. But still the honk persisted.
"Pull up", said the baffled owner.
The big car stopped, and the baby car drew up just behind.
"Look here" shouted the angry owner of the big car, "Do you want to pass?"
"No" replied the man in the small car, "I just wanted to get my starting handle out of your luggage grid."

"What" demanded the school inspector, "is the Equator?"
"The Equator", replied one hopeful, "is a menagerie lion running round the centre of the earth."

Sergeant: There are two things a good soldier is never allowed to forget on a route march. What are they?"
Recruit: "His feet."

He was young and ambitious and had just been demobbed, and he heard that the senior clerk in a nearby office had died suddenly. Being full of self-confidence, and having heard the age-old story, he hurried to the office and asked for an interview with the senior partner.
"How about my taking your senior clerk's place?" he asked.
The senior partner looked quite pleased with the suggestion.
"Certainly my good sir," he replied, "the arrangement will suit me down to the ground, that is, of course, if you can fix it up with the undertaker."

The man had been visiting a certain widow every evening. "Why don't you marry her?" asked a friend.
"I have thought of that," was the reply, "but where should I spend my evenings then?"

"Dear Martha", wrote Mrs. Smith to her sister, "when our Ted arrived home on three days' leave last night, I was in the middle of a plate of soup, so I pulled him in and made him share it with me."

"You will notice", said the professor as he seized the handle of a piece of machinery, "that this machine is turned by a crank."
And he looked surprised when a ripple of laughter ran round the class.

Angler: "Yes, the fish was too small to bother with, so I got two men to throw it back."

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