Chichester NH News

November 28, 2018




The Chichester Police Department has applications for assistance through the Santa’s Helpers program at the station. They must be filled out completely and turned in to the Chichester Police Department by December 19, 2018. You must be a Chichester resident. Unfortunately we have to restrict it to children eighteen and younger. We try to fill the “needs” category first and then things in the “want” category. Questions: call 798-4911 Chichester Police. 


Once again the Chichester Food Pantry will be handling the food baskets for Christmas, so please contact the Town Hall.



The Chichester Holiday Food Basket Program for 2018 in cooperation with the Capital Region Food Program is excited to provide a holiday meal and additional food to help families over the holidays.  The Chichester Food Pantry will be accepting applications until Dec 1.   The Chichester contact for a basket is Evelyn Pike at 798-5808 ext. 1 or stop by the town hall.



Change of Location: The Chichester Grange Penny Sale and Soup Lunch on Saturday, December 1, will be held at the Methodist Parish Hall, as the Grange/Town Hall is in use. Please park in the Town Hall lot near the Green Space and walk carefully across the street to the Parish Hall.  Ticket sales begin at 11 a.m. and numbers will be drawn beginning at 12 noon. Purchase a lunch of homemade soup to enjoy while waiting to see what you will be bringing home. Proceeds from the sale will be used for Operation Santa Claus.



It’s time again for Socks for Seniors. Boxes have been placed at the Chichester Town Library and The Attic Thrift Shop to receive your donations of new, colorful socks in adult sizes to be given to seniors in area nursing homes at Christmas time. The boxes will be in place until December 15. This project is sponsored by Chichester Grange and has been well received by recipients and donors alike.



Out Of Your Attic

Thrift Shop News

Submitted By Carol Hendee


Tomorrow, Thursday, November 29, is that special day- 1/2 price everything day! Books are $1.00 a bag; super special-socks 2 for 25¢ as well as scarves! Check out the greeting cards - normally 2 for 25¢ - today FOUR for 25¢!  Specials on Christmas cards, too.  Remember, if an item is marked 25¢, you get Two 25¢ items - mix & match!


Normal Hours: Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  If Chichester school is closed due to weather, we are also closed. When in doubt, call 247-7191. 345 Suncook Valley Hgwy, Chichester.



Chichester Town Library News


Sunday, December 2nd, is a meeting of the Down Under Poetry Group.  It starts at 1 p.m.


What better way to spend your time after a frenetic holiday weekend than to come in to the library and join in stress-reducing coloring on Tuesday morning at 10:30.


Little ones, along with a parent or caregiver, are invited in for Toddler Time at 10:30, also on Tuesday mornings.


The Knitting Group will be meeting on Wednesday, at 3:30 p.m.


The evening of December 14th is approaching quickly.  This is the date for the Pontine Theatre’s Christmas Program, to be held at Town Hall/Grange at 7 p.m.  Using the style of “toy theater,” the Pontine Theatre selects a tale that always delights attendees.  


Work continues on the re-design of the children’s room.  This is not a short-term project, but it is certainly moving forward.  Please remember that Barbara Pappas has donated note cards and framed photographs of backyard, nature photography to help in raising funds for this endeavor.  They make great gifts for the holiday, including bundling some note cards, tying them with a ribbon and using them as a hostess gift.  Come in and see what is available.  


No formal book sales are planned for the winter months.  However, the Down Under Used Book area is available during hours when the library is open and there are no meetings in the Community Room.  


Although the Little Libraries are down for the winter, the library is distributing free books through a number of local businesses.  Our mission is to help ensure books are available to the populace and we continue our outreach to the community.  You can find selections at the Chichester General Store, the Circle Restaurant, and Haggett’s Marine.  These sites are also expanding and/or have expanded to include the VA Medical Center, with others under consideration.


Along that same theme, the third graders at Chichester Center School recently toured the library and were then given their choice of a book to take home with them.  If you were at Trunk and Treat, you might have noticed that the library gave out books to young people there, also.  Books open the world to young minds!



Santa Is Packing Up His Sleigh


The Chichester Police Department and The Chichester Police Association are currently taking applications for Secret Santa. If you know of a needy family or a senior citizen in the town of Chichester that could use a little assistance this holiday season, please let the Chichester Police Department know by calling 798-4911. We do not want to see any family in need and not receive some assistance for the holidays. There are still elderly folks that believe in Santa, so let us know of someone that could use a little surprise for Christmas.


Every year it seems that the demands grow, and therefore we are trying to help Santa and get our requests to him in a timely fashion. I hear that he still has job openings for elves, to shop and wrap. You know he is getting older and requires lots of help himself to get the job accomplished.


CLOSING DAV FOR ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS at the Chichester Police Station will be DECEMBER 19, 2018. Thank you once more for your continued support and if you wish to make monetary donations, please make checks out to the Chichester Police Association.




Peter G Hammen

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Peter G Hammen passed away at his home in Chichester NH on November 14, 2018 after many years with Parkinson’s.


Peter was born March 3, 1935 in Munchen Germany, the son of Wilhelm and Bertha Hammen. Peter and his family arrived in the United States in 1949, settling in Barnstead, NH and then in Pittsfield, NH.


He served in the U. S. Army October 1953 to October 1956. He became a U.S. citizen in 1955. After discharge, he worked as a draftsman for electronic companies in Manchester, NH. In 1963 he started his career with the State of New Hampshire, Water Pollution Dept., working as a sanitarian and soil scientist, retiring in 2004. He also Joined the New Hampshire Air National Guard 157th in 1973, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant in 1995. He enjoyed his time in the Guard taking pictures and writing articles for their newsletter, The Granite State Refueler. He loved to travel to new places and enjoyed the guard trips to Guam, Jamaica, Honduras, Azores, Germany, Panama, and many places in the USA. Also yearly trips to Hawaii, for a month stay, was his very favorite trip.


He enjoyed many hobbies and collections, Marklin HO model railroad, collecting United Nation and United State Stamps, comic books, and glass paperweights. He enjoyed carpentry and woodwork, building furniture, restoring and building old and new houses. He built stonewalls and stone wishing wells, which are located in Chichester and New Durham, NH. He enjoyed the years riding his many Harley Davidson motorcycles, which included a trip to Yellowstone Park, WY and Sturgis, SD. He was a life member of HOG (Harley Owners Group).


Family members include: his wife of 60 years, Ruth E (Huckins) Hammen; his sons Peter A. Hammen and wife Kathy of Chichester NH; Christian M Hammen and wife Jennifer of Chipley, FL and Chosen son Byron W Hemeon of Belmont, NH. He is also survied by one grandson, Dakota J. Hammen, of Camden TN; sister Sybilla Allen and husband Ross of Northwood, NH; nieces, nephews, and cousins.


Thank you to Age At Home caregivers who were kind and caring through the years, especially Sherry Brochu. Also, a big thank you to our daughter-in-law, Kathy, our niece, Elizabeth M. Collins, and our friend, Debbie Foss, for all their love, help, concern, and caring.


At the request of the family, services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations maybe made in his memory to Chichester Historical Society, c/o Elizabeth M. Collins, 10 Eagles Way, Alton, NH 03809 or CRVNA The Slusser Center, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.


Waters Funeral Home, David Pollard, Director, is assisting the family with arrangements.












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