|About The Hopper Family
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"Underneath the spreading chestnut tree We shall raise a family, A girl for you and a boy for me, Underneath the spreading chestnut tree." The photograph on this homepage shows the river, the stepping stones and some of the many chestnut trees at the bottom of the street where I grew up. Like generations of children before us my siblings and I spent many happy hours paddling and fishing in the river, playing beneath those chestnut trees and gathering conkers in the autumn to make conker men and furniture as well as indulge in the usual battles with conkers on strings. It struck me that the old rhyme above is well fitted to my family tree. It is a tree deeply rooted in the countries of these islands but its branches have spread far and wide, across mainland Europe, North and South America and Australia and it continues to thrive with the new generation. Long may it continue.