Kennet Valley TR Group mid monthly for February 2019 is another 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.
The entrance fee is for £8 adults, £6 for concessions including OAP, £4 for children and children under 4 free. Admission from 10:30, park gates open at 11:00.
We then are arranging a pub lunch at 13:00 at the Five Bells, Wickham, they have offered Sunday lunch (English Lamb, Topside of Beef, Lion of Pork or Vegetarian Nut Roast) pricing to follow per head. Because of the size of our group and it being a Sunday when they are really busy, they can only offer our group the roast options, KVG members are not able to order off the Five Bells web menu unfortunately (also, the Sunday menu is different to that which is on the website). The Five Bells can, however, add the following roast option: Roast breast of Chicken. Sweets can be ordered on te day again for extra cost.