Kennet Valley TR Group mid monthly for February 2018 is a visit to Welford Park, it is renown for beautiful displays of snowdrops.
Snowdrops are nearly always found in abbey ruins and graveyards, and were planted by Norman monks as a symbol of purity and the cleansing of the earth after winter. Some of the greatest snowdrop displays in England were all originally monastic sites ie Walsingham Abbey, Hodsock Priory, Anglesey Abbey and Welford Park.
Welford Park think the snowdrops here were planted by the Norman monks to decorate their Church for the feast of Candlemas, and also for medicinal use. The monks harvested snowdrops and used to rub them on the temple of people suffering from "mal au tete". Close to the snowdrop woods they have also found wild aconitum, petasites and mistletoe all of which have strong healing properties, each year Welford Park make donations to West Berkshire charities.
We then are arranging a pub lunch at the Bell, Boxford, menus below, I have negotiated with the Bell and they have offered Sunday lunch at £11.95 per head normally £13.95.
Your booking as a £5.00 deposit will be required, is needed by 11th February 2018, so please contact Phil Horsley at Group Leader Email
Booking Form: Welford-Park-Mid-Monthly-18-02-18.pdf
We look forward to seeing you there