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Barnstead NH News

November 30, 2016

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On the list of “favorite things,” the Barnstead Parade Congregational Church’s annual Cookie Walk is Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9 a.m. to noon.  Come visit with us and fill a decorated tin with a variety of delicious home-made Christmas cookies.  What an easy way to bring a special treat to your holiday gathering—and, of course, you will need a second tin for home!



Christmas Tree Sale!


The 2nd Annual Kiwanis/Belknap House Christmas Tree Sale begins this Friday, Nov 25. Please visit our lot on Court St., Laconia, across from Tire Warehouse. The photo below is of the Freedom Firs Christmas tree farm in Canaan, VT, where the fresh-cut trees are grown. Owner Matt Brooks will be on the lot to answer questions and help with selection. Ornaments and cookies, too! Purchase a tree and your support will help in many ways.




Barnstead Historical Society


The Barnstead Historical Society will be having a “Pre-Christmas Sale” and coffee on Saturday, December 3rd at the Barnstead Town Hall from l0am-noon.


We will have available for sale “The Last Stories” by G. Malcolm Locke, also old town reports, plates, post cards, etc. 


So come in and join us, enjoy a cup of coffee and a sweet 


We look forward to seeing you



Cookie Swap For The Ladies On December 5th


The Center Barnstead Christian Church is hosting their annual Cookie Swap on Monday, December 5th at 7pm. The first Monday of each month at 7pm is set aside for all ladies from the area to meet, visit, and share their lives together.


To fully enjoy the memorable and fun Cookie Swap, please bring 4 dozen of the same type of cookie (or brownie, fudge, etc). We will provide containers for you to bring home a wide assortment of beautiful and delicious holiday treats. While we mingle, we will all participate in sampling, judging, and voting; there will be prizes awarded for the best tasting, most original, and most festive desserts.


Please join us; you won’t regret it!  The Center Barnstead Christian Church is located on Route 126, next to the Town Hall.



Community Pancake Breakfast


Free pancake breakfast at Center Barnstead Christian Church on December 3rd from 8:00-9:30 AM.  All are welcome to come and enjoy some fluffy pancakes, real maple syrup and hot coffee.  Center Barnstead Christian Church is located next door to Town Hall at 116 S. Barnstead Rd. Any questions please call us at (603) 269-8831.




Thomas G. Locke

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Barnstead, NH - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas G. Locke, 76, on November 17, 2016. Tom was a life-long resident of Barnstead, growing up on Locke’s Blueberry Farm, the youngest son of Kent & Margaret Locke. 


Tom was a kind and gentle man and a loyal friend to all who knew him, willing to spend time talking about the Red Sox, deer hunting or farming to anyone who shared his passions. He went to Alton schools and was a key player on their championship baseball & basketball teams. He attended UNH where he participated in SCCA road racing with his Austin-Healey Sprite & Alpha Romeo. He transferred to Plymouth State College earning his bachelors degree. He taught high school for 1 year at Belmont, NH, coaching cross-country track, basketball & baseball. It was at that time the family was building Locke Lake and he returned to the construction business, building many of the houses there. In later years he enjoyed various occupations but returned to farming in 2006 running Veggies Galore & More with his wife Joanne (Fahma Jo).


Tom was a man of faith, sharing the gospel with others every chance he got. He was a  member of Milton Assembly of God, the Epsom-Chichester Lions and President, Belknap County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the US Army Reserve, 368th Engineer Battalion from 1965 thru 1971.


Tom & Joanne just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, marrying at the little church on North Barnstead Road across from their house. They have two children, Sara T Hardy of Epsom & Jeremy T Locke of Barnstead and three grandchildren, Alexandra, Matthew & Zachary, and a very special niece Zoë who they thought of as a granddaughter. 


Tom is survived by his brother James of Gilmanton IW and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by a brother Kent Jr of Gilford. 


A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at the Congregational Church of North Barnstead, 504 North Barnstead Road, Center Barnstead, NH. Please don’t be sad or wear black! Red Sox shirts/hats or your best hunting vest is encouraged! He will be looking down from Heaven enjoying the day.








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