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Special Guest – David Suchet CBE

We are delighted that David Suchet CBE will be at the helm of Nutfield and Raymond at this year’s Braunston Historic Boat Rally Parade on Saturday 23rd June at 11:00am.

David is best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Poirot for 24 years which earned him a British Film and Television Award (BAFTA) nomination. He is also a renowned in theatre work and is a published author.

Suchet also has a long association with the waterways and is vice-president of the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Trust.  He was also officially voted in as chairman of the River Thames Alliance in November 2005.  At the July 2006 Annual General Meeting of the River Thames Alliance, he agreed to continue being chairman for another year. He is a Patron of the River Thames Boat Project.

We look forward to welcoming David aboard…

Photo source: Wikipedia

Steve Miles

Updated with funeral service arrangements

It is with great sadness that Friends of Raymond has learnt today of the sudden passing of our former Chair and Trustee, Steve Miles.

Steve was a well known face in the canal world as author of the Jess Carter books and leading light in the charity being instrumental in introducing many new people to FoR, imparting his knowledge and expertise to new and existing members and a good friend to us all.

He will be greatly missed by all at the Members, Officers and Trustees of Friends of Raymond and Nutfield.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday 13th December at 2.00pm at Banbury Crematorium, Hardwick Hill, Southam Road, Banbury, OX16 1ST.

Please do not send flowers.

An appreciation by Mike Freeman can be found here

Richard Scarff photo gallery

Richard died unexpectedly in June 2013. This gallery is intended as a reminder and tribute.



This gallery will be updated when new photos become available.

All photos are © The Friends of Raymond and/or others.

Appeal for photos of Richard Scarff

We’d like to compile web page of photos of Richard in action with Raymond and Nutfield. Please send any you have to:



Richard Scarff

It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our longstanding and dedicated volunteers – Richard Scarff. Richard’s funeral will be held at Ruislip crematorium on Wednesday July 24th, at 10.15 am.  We are told that his family have asked for donations to either RNLI or Friends of Raymond in place of flowers – a wonderful gesture for us, and one that I know Richard would have thoroughly endorsed on both counts. He will be sorely missed. So when you next raise a glass, raise one for Richard in celebration of his life.

Steve Miles

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