Re­viv­ing a coun­try craft in re­tire­ment

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Clubs Round-up -

ROGER Nel­son-Smith, church­war­den at St Ni­cholas’ Church in Pluck­ley, must have one of the more un­usual re­tire­ment hob­bies. His peace­ful pas­time has been mak­ing dove­cotes in his garage work­shop for sev­eral years. It is his proud boast that no two have ever been ex­actly the same as he never works from draw­ings and still hopes to cre­ate the per­fect construction by eye alone. Roger says that hav­ing been con­nected with the land all his life, he is anx­ious to keep at least one coun­try craft and tra­di­tion alive. It seems some­how ap­pro­pri­ate, too, for a church­war­den to de­vote much of his spare time to build­ing dove­cotes, one of which stands in the church­yard at Kingsnorth. De­spite his skills he keeps no doves him­self. He said: “I have no live birds but I do have a few plas­tic ones.”

Roger Nel­son-Smith with his dove­cotes

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