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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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RAR 233 Henley South

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This month we continue following the Stratford canal and this walk also fits in with the years theme of local foodstuffs with a visit to Henley Ices. Boots are definitely advised this time !

We meet at Coventry station at 10:30am and catch the 10:42am train to Birmingham New Street. Here we change to Moor Street and catch the 11:31am which arrives in Hneley at 12:06pm. From the station it is a short walk down a path to the rear of the WHITE SWAN (Purity Gold, Tribute, Doom Bar, Black Sheep) for 12:15pm

At 12:45pm we cross the main road and walk past the church to the bridge over the River Alne. We pass St Nicholas church at Beaudesert and take the path in front of us. This goes through housing and past a school to lead us to a playing field. Straight across is a flight of steps that climbs a ridge. Then we cross Edge Lane and pass in front of Whitley Farm. We come to a road at The Croft. Then left and through two more fields leads to the CRAB MILL at 1:10pm.

At 1:40pm we start out again and walk to Preston Bagot and the canal. We follow the canal south as far as bridge 51, Green Lane Bridge. We take the lane on the right to a road. Right again and the road crosses a bridge over a stream. Just after this, on the left, is a stile leading into a field. This was very muddy in January, hopefully it will have dried out by March ! We cross the field diagonally to the bank of the River Alne. We follow the river north until we come to the last field in front of Blackford Mill. We should see the path crossing this field. We pass through Blackford Mill Farm and then pass the mill itself, before taking a footbridge over the river, which stands in front of the mill. The path then passes through school fields before emerging onto the main road. Right here and you come to Henley High Street. Here we can buy an ice cream and then a pint in the NAGS HEAD and WHITE SWAN before catching the train homewards.

HENLEY ICES The history of Tudor Dairies dates back to the early 1930's when two brothers Harry & Arthur Fathers, purchased the Henley milk round and small grocers shop from Mrs Hewins, who had been trading under the Tudor Dairies name since 1893.

They continued to deliver milk in Henley using left over milk to make cream, which was sold in the shop, with butter being sold in the market behind the Nags Head.

In 1934 the brothers began experimenting with ice cream with the "know how" given to them by their mother who used to make ice cream for her shop in Rubery. Originally made by hand the ice cream was sold under the Henley Ice Cream brand.

Word soon spread of this delicious ice cream made only with the very best ingredients, culminating in 1937 when Henley Ice Cream won the premier award, being voted the best ice cream in the U.K.

The shop became ever more popular as the reputation of the ice cream grew and the shop was transformed into a Ice Cream Parlour. By 1938, the number of customers visiting the parlour brought the traffic in Henley to a standstill, requiring the introduction of a uniformed employee to direct traffic in the High Street.

Ice Cream production ceased during the war years due to lack of ingredients, and the parlour was used as an Air Raid Post. After the war ice cream production continued on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, due to the shortage of Cornish cream, so goats milk was used. When Arthur & Harry Fathers retired in 1959, the business was sold to Ross Foods, who changed the emphasis of the Company from a small family run business producing a high quality ice cream, to one of a large concern manufacturing bulk products for the Supermarket chains.

In February 1991 the Company changed hands when Ross Foods sold Tudor Dairies to a group of businessmen, but was placed into receivership in March 1997. It was at this time that it was taken back into private ownership by Cindy and Steve Brittan, who have the ice cream made on midlands farms to traditional recipes using only quality ingredients.


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