Clare Hopkins

52 Stories #2 with Isabel Hopkins

At school this year (year 9) I chose to do my Duke of Edinburgh bronze award, which gives you the opportunity to try new things and help the community. There are 3 months of skills, physical, volunteering, finishing with a 2 day expedition. There is also an additional 3 months in whichever section you would like to do more of (excluding the expedition).

Kilsby Village

Shortly after we moved to Northampton from Kent in 2011, I made a big discovery on my paternal line. I found out that the Greaves family lived in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire between 1800’s and 1500’s. I was going through a phase of questioning where “home” was for me. It made me feel more settled in Northamptonshire, knowing that my family lived here hundreds of years before me.

How to Start Researching your Family History for Free

Many years ago I started researching my family history online. I was young, and newly married, so I didn’t want to pay out for what seemed like expensive subscriptions when I first started out. There are some invaluable websites out there for people who are looking to research for free.

Family Life – December 2018

December has been a brilliant month for us, one of the biggest changes is that Ben is now working from home permanently. We also enjoyed family time, Christmas, and we are looking forward to the New Year…

52 Stories #1 with Clare Hopkins

One of the things I have learnt through family history, is the effect that your past can have on your future, and the future of those around you. You have a story that only you can share. Join us this New Year in sharing your story.

Badby Woods, Northamptonshire

Today I was in an exploring kind of mood, so we went to Badby Woods in Northamptonshire. We found the ruins of Dower House on the Fawsley Estate

The Family Business

Earlier this month I finally shut down my company that I had been running for the last 10 years. Read about how my forefathers influenced my career in the construction industry.

The Christmas Present we gave our Children

Over the last 14 years of being parents we have used different strategies of buying Christmas presents. As you can imagine, having 5 children makes Christmas a busy and expensive time of year. We usually follow the rule “something they want, something they need, something to wear, something to read”. This year even that seemed like we were buying our children too much.

Marston Vale Millennium Country Park, Bedfordshire

The Forest of Marston Vale is a 60 square mile environmental regeneration project in between Bedford and Milton Keynes. Some of that area is made up of country park, which has a play area, visitors centre and cafe, wetlands nature reserve, woodlands, and walking routes. The last time we were there was last autumn when we had a day with the boys, and wanted a walk in the forest. Wellies definitely required.

Our Christmas in Pictures 2018

We realised that this might be our last Christmas in our home, so because of that I wanted to take as many pictures as I could to remember how it is. So here are my favourite pictures of Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2018.