The River Avon

At the May edition of the monthly social, ‘In The Ballroom’, at the Jury Street Court House, Rick Thompson gave a talk about his new book, ‘A River Avon Year’, which follows 88 miles of the Warwickshire Avon from its source in Northamptonshire to where it meets the River Severn.
He covered the wildlife along the riverside path, such as otters, hares and kingfishers which are all doing well, and historical sites such as Naseby, Evesham and Tewkesbury, all scenes of famous battles.
Did you know that ‘Avon’ actually means River in Celtic … so the River Avon is actually the River River?! Or that Shakespeare is known as the Swan of Avon? Fascinating facts from a local author who also happens to be one of our volunteers.

There was also a topical Coronation Quiz from Helen Fellows, and the usual tea, coffee and selection of cakes.

The next session of ‘In The Ballroom’ with be on June 14th at 2pm, when the talk will be ‘Crimson Fields’ with David Bardell – the story of the nurses and surgeons who served on the frontline between 1914 and 1918. Numbers are limited by space, so please reserve your place at the Visitor Information Centre. 01926 492212. 
(Pictures and report by Gina Tipton)