My family farmed the North and South Millers Dale and surrounding areas for over 100 years living in Hiltonbury Farmhouse until 1976.
On the 6th of May in 2012, my family gave a picnic table and benches at the corner of North Millers Dale (off Hursley Road) to the NMDCA (North Millers Dale Community Association), unfortunately the little plaque attached to the table was removed some time ago.
Vining’s Copse is named after my family. The naming ceremony took place on Sunday 14th June 2009. The event was also reported in North Miller’s Dale Community Association Newsletter July 2009.
In this post, you’ll see a few photos of the day the picnic table was presented by my family to the area with the help and approval of NMDCA.
Vining’s Copse and Hiltonbury Farmhouse
It was a great day and 91 Vinings and direct family members came from near and far for a gathering that was held at the Copse and at the Hiltonbury, our family home for around 100 years.
The central upstairs window of The Farmhouse is the window to my bedroom until I was married in April 1964 and then moved into Ramalley cottages (no longer there now) demolished by Drapers for their car park.
Briefly the Beatties were tenants of Hiltonbury Farm and Mrs Beattie (Auntie Toss) became the Guardian of my father (John Vining) when he was orphaned as a boy. He lived at Hiltonbury but moved to Wokingham during the Second World War where I was born in 1943.
Mr Father moved back to Hiltonbury in 1946 to manage Hiltonbury Farm.
Hiltonbury Herd of pedigree Jerseys
He started the Hiltonbury Herd of pedigree Jerseys that is still in existence and now owned by my nephew in Botley and is 150 strong.
I worked and managed Hiltonbury Farm with my Father until 1974 when my sister Heather took over for the transition from Hiltonbury to Velmore when the whole farm was taken for development of North and South Millers Dale and Valley Park.
I have many memories of Chandler’s Ford when I was a boy and growing up and would be happy to share with you.
Three years ago come April my wife and I moved back to live in Chandler’s Ford and I now can look out over Flexford where I used to work and play as a lad.
I have certainly seen a lot of changes in Chandler’s Ford.