Chichester NH News

May 10, 2017


The Chichester Historical Society will have its annual “yard sale” fund raiser on Sat., May 20 at the Historical Society on Main St.  There is a need for donations for the sale.  They can be dropped off at the Historical Society on any Tues. or Fri. morning or call Lucille Noel and she will arrange a drop off time 798-5709.

Lasagna is on the menu for the Community Supper at the Chichester United Methodist Parish Hall on May 10. Supper begins at 6 p.m. and is free to all, although donations are welcome to defray the costs of future suppers. Come and enjoy good food and good fellowship with your neighbors and friends.


Happy Birthday to Carter Pillsbury and Todd Hammond on May 13.


Chichester Grange will meet on Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m. upstairs in the Grange Hall.


The annual Memorial Day program sponsored by Chichester Grange will be held on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Grange/Town Hall. Plan to meet inside for a brief inspirational program, and then move outside for placing a wreath at the memorial stone and a flag ceremony. This program is held each year on the “traditional” Memorial Day so as not to conflict with other observances in the area.



Chichester Old Home Day Committee


May 23, 6:30 pm in the Grange hall we will be having our next meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to come.


Another event we have finalized the details for the Friday, August 18 evening event is build your own box car and come to our box car drive in movie! Times to be announced at a later date.  Save the date!



Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop News
Submitted By Carol Hendee


Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th. This week, all Mother’s Day mugs and Grandmother mugs, and picture frames are 1/2 price!


Flowers, pins, flags are out in preparation for Memorial Day!


345 Suncook Valley Hgwy, Chichester (Rte 28 North from Epsom) Open Mon. 8-12; Tues. & Thurs. 8-4; Wed. 11-4 & Sat. 10-4.  247-7191 and like us on Facebook!



Chichester Firefighters Association
Upcoming Events


Mother’s Day Breakfast
We will be having our Annual Mother’s Day breakfast on Sunday May 14th from 7:30-10:00 AM at the Fire-Rescue building. Please come and join us for a delicious buffet breakfast with eggs, pancakes, bacon, homefries, and assorted drinks.  The cost of the breakfast is $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 10.


Town Wide Yard Sale
Chichester Firefighters Association is once again sponsoring the Chichester Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday June 3rd, 8am-2pm. There are several ways you can participate: If you want to come to a central location, spots will be available at the Town Hall parking lot. If you are having a sale at your home or business you may have your yard sale location and description placed on a Town of Chichester map. There is no charge for either of the above, but a donation to the Firefighters Assoc. equipment fund would be greatly appreciated. Lastly, if you have some items you want to get rid of, but don’t want to have your own sale, the Firefighters Association will accept donated items which we will sell to add to the equipment fund. Donation of items will be accepted at the fire station the week of May 29-June 2. No clothing or upholstered furniture please. You may leave items by the front door if no-one is there. Pick up can possibly be arranged.


Maps will be available for pickup at the fire station on Friday June 2nd or at the Town Hall on Saturday the 3rd. Once again, there is no cost for any of this, but we are suggesting a donation to the Firefighters Association Equipment Fund, which is used to buy equipment for the fire-rescue department, beyond what is available in the regular budget.


You may register for the Yard Sale or get more information by visiting our website: You may also contact Paul Sanborn at 608-6252, Ben Chaffee at 603-486-6555, or sign up at the fire station.



Chichester Grange Awards Night
Submitted By Hannah West


Chichester Grange held its Annual Awards Night on May 3 with forty-nine people in attendance.


Officer Philip A. Arnone was recognized as Police Officer of the Year. Phil came to the Chichester Police Department in April, 2016, and graduated from the Police Standards and Training Academy in August of the same year. An avid hockey player, he jumped into the Chad of Dartmouth program with enthusiasm. He played as a member of the police team in this year’s Battle of the Badges and scored three of the nine goals as the forward of the team. More importantly, he raised $5500.00 for the charity and made a life-time friend named Parker.  We hope he will remain a full time officer with the Chichester Police Department for many years.


Elaine Coffey was chosen as this year’s Community Citizen. She worked at Chichester Central School for 25 years, sixteen of them as a special education teacher. In her retirement she has embraced volunteer work. She volunteers at Out Of Your Attic Thrift Shop and both the Concord and Pittsfield food pantries. She also volunteers at Concord VNA Hospice, doing office work. She has been volunteering at the refugee center in Concord on a weekly basis. She is a deacon at the First Congregational Church of Pittsfield and can be seen working in the root beer float booth at Pittsfield Old Home Day to earn money for the infant/toddler diaper pantry that the church sponsors. The greater Chichester area is enriched by Elaine’s energy and caring.


This year it was Chichester Central School’s turn for the Educator of the Year award. The Grange decided to honor Principal Brian Beaverstock for the positive impact that his energy and enthusiasm has had on Chichester’s students, faculty, and parents. Even the school building has benefitted from his oversight of the installation of a new septic system, a new furnace, and a number of issues with the well and the water system. Mr. Beaverstock has been at Chichester Central for nearly three years, and we hope he will remain for many more years, helping  Chichester School thrive.


Shirley Sullivan, this year’s Postal Worker, is a rural carrier associate at the Epsom Post Office. She began her career at the Post Office in 1987 and has covered many jobs over the years.  Outside of work she cares for her family, is an avid bird watcher, and is currently designing a tiny house with her brother. Everyone at the Epsom Post Office appreciates her smiling face and positive attitude.


The Outstanding Youth Award was given to some young ladies who, as members of the Teen Advisory Group at the Chichester Library, successfully completed an oral history of several Chichester residents.  They prepared appropriate questions, conducted interviews, and recorded and edited the results. Hana Testerman, Emily Allen, and Sarah Miner were present to receive their awards. Mikayla Cadorette also helped with the project but was not present at the Awards Night.


The evening ended with refreshments and a social time.



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Carolee Davison of Chichester Grange and Postal Worker Shirley Sullivan.


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Hannah West of Chichester Grange and Sarah Miner, Emily Allen, Hana Testerman, and Chichester Librarian Lisa Prizio.


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Officer Philip A. Arnone and his CHaD buddy Parker.


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Hannah West of Chichester Grange and Principal Brian Beaverstock of Chichester Central School.


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Chichester Grange Awards Night Recipients. Left to right: Outstanding Youth - Sarah Miner, Hana Testerman, and Emily Allen; Postal Worker-Shirley Sullivan; Community Citizen - Elaine Coffey; Police Officer - Philip Arnone and his Chad buddy Parker; Educator - Brian Beaverstock.


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Mary West of Chichester Grange and Community Citizen Elaine Coffey.












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