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There were large congregations at the Methodist Sunday School anniversary services on May 6th.

15.5.1945 Hartland

The Rev A Evens Clarke conducted. Special and regular singing was good throughout, Mr Christmas being the organist. Norman Colwill and Arthur Beer read lessons and with other scholars made the collections.

Sports were held on the Tuesday following, the Rev A E Clarke and Messrs Ern Short and Arthur Thorne being in charge. Tea was served by Mesdames Colwill, Headon, E Heard, M Heard, Wesley Heard, H James, H Jeffery, Misses E Colwill, K Colwill, E Heywood, I Jeffery, Johnson, Ruby Rowe. Evening services, recitations, etc. were postponed a week.

VE Day 11am service at the Methodist Church was conducted by Rev A E Clarke. A large and appreciative congregation contributed over £4 to the Methodist Rebuilding Fund for the blitzed areas and Protestant churches on the Continent.

Hartland’s bells rang for two hours on the afternoon of VE Day. At 7pm the Home Guards, Cadets, Air Raid Precautions, Home Guard Women, Women’s Voluntary Service, Women’s Institute, First Aid and public assembled at the school, and led by the band (under Mr Snow) marched the the abundantly beflagged streets to the Square, which had been marked out for respective positions, and kept clear of cars by Special Constables on point duty at cross roads.

The Vicar (Preb I L Gregory) spoke on the greatness of the day and the need of thanksgiving, sobered by the thoughts that victory meant sacrifice of multitudes and that a cruel foe had yet to bite the dust. Rev A Evens Clarke took the prayers and read the lesson.

Fireworks followed for a long time. A dance in the Hall raised £34 for the Parish Council Welcome Home Fund.

Gazette article dated 15 May 1945

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