NH Club Notes: Windham club organizes 'baby shower' for Our Place

August 17. 2017 11:34PM
The top of the Four Generals Monument in Nottingham. 

WINDHAM — The Woman’s Service Club of Windham recently had a “baby shower” for Our Place, a division of Catholic Charities in Manchester.

Our Place provides educational programs for new mothers, fathers and their families as well as emergency relief in crisis situations. It serves families throughout Southern New Hampshire, including Windham.

The project’s co-chairmen are Linda Gallagher and Diane Carpenter. Club members thanked everyone who donated as well as Nesmith Library, which served as the collection site.

Donations ranged from from diapers, wipes and books to hand-knitted blankets and baby and toddler clothing. The club also purchased three car seats along with several toddler outfits.

For more on the club, go to www.womansserviceclubofwindham.org or “like” the club on Facebook.

Else CIlley DAR celebrates monument’s anniversary

NOTTINGHAM — Anyone who has driven down Route 156 in Nottingham has likely seen the statute of a Minuteman soldier at the four-way intersection known as Nottingham Square. The statue was erected 100 years ago by the Else Cilley Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, to honor four Revolutionary War generals from the town. Last month, the chapter recognized the anniversary of the monument’s dedication.

More than two dozen people were welcomed by chapter Regent Katherine Fernald, a direct descendent of one of the generals, Joseph Cilley.

Members and guests read information posted about the generals and the original dedication while two musicians from the Nevers’ Second Regiment Band, Debbie Giles Lincoln and Jiffi Rainie, played tunes appropriate for a century ago. The Nevers’ band also played during the dedication 100 years ago and continues to play at a variety of venues around the state.

Members of the Nottingham Historical Society were there as well to share information. The Nottingham Square Schoolhouse museum was open for viewing and refreshments were offered inside. The one-room schoolhouse is a registered historic building and is owned and preserved by the Else Cilley Chapter.

The chapter is selling tickets for a chance to win a handmade glider bench to help raise money to repair and maintain the schoolhouse. They are available from any member or contact Fernald through the chapter’s website, http://elsecilley.nhsodar.org.

The DAR is a service organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in American’s struggle for independence. The nonprofit group works to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Women in the Nottingham area are welcome to join members at a chapter meeting.

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