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Apr 2023

Raymond Smith - From Muck and Music to Stones and Roses.
Tue 11th Apr 2023.

Even though Raymond has been presenting this illustrated talk for over 16 years it is the first time he has visited CHAS. It is mostly the history of his life through farming, music & gardening.
Raymond was the 5th generation of farmers at White Coppice. The first was 1873 when Joseph Smith left Quernmore and moved to White Coppice. Raymonds love of gardening came from his grandfather who kept 800 roses at the back of the farmhouse. His grandfather was a self taught organist and Raymond followed the tradition.

Raymond Smith.

Raymond's ancestors at
White Coppice Farm.

Raymond in his garden in 2018.

Raymond in the garden. The last public opening was Sat 14th July 2018.

As an amateur musician and choir leader he has composed four musicals and wrote the musical 'Samuel' in 1988 based on the Old Testament story. It has been staged at the Guild Hall, Preston and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
A great moment for Raymond was being invited by our local MP Lindsay Hoyle to play the organ for the wedding at the Palace of Westminster, London.

The old barn is now converted to
Raymond & Linda's living room.

Linda's vegetable garden & stones
from the old mill.

Gentleman's lodge at the bottom
of the garden.
In 2000, Raymond gave up farming, the last milking at the farm was 2nd Aug. He went to college to study garden design and has set up his company Stones and Roses Garden Design.
He sold the farm but kept the barn and some land to convert to his current home. At the bottom of the hill was the site of the former Cotton Mill which was demolished many years ago. Raymond bought the site and salvaged some of the stone to build various walls and structures in his garden. Linda's (Raymondís wife) vegetable garden was built using the last remaining cobbles from the White Coppice Cotton Mill. Raymondís Grandmother would have walked on them as she worked there. 3000 were used to build the garden. There used to be annual openings of their garden but Sat 14th July 2018 was the last time they opened to the public.
It was a fascinating presentation with many historical references.

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