Over 90s Party
We collect people from their home, residential care homes or respite care homes using Ilkley Community Transport and other local charitable organisations’ accessible minibuses. For people who are less mobile we provide transport for a partner or escort to assist with their needs and ensure they feel comfortable.
Residents of Addingham, Burley-In-Wharfedale, Ilkley, and Menston who are age 90 and over. Interested parties wishing to attend can contact us directly or alternatively a neighbour, family member, social worker or health worker can contact us with details.
This years party took place on Saturday September 29th. The event was attended by almost ninety over 90s residents, along with their friends, relatives and carers, enjoying an afternoon tea and a celebratory glass of Bucks Fizz.
The Queen was represented by David Pearson, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. Other honoured guests were Ilkley Town Mayor Councillor Stephen Butler and Mrs Kate Butler, John Grogan MP, and Councillor Brian Mann and Mrs Sylvia Mann.
The party was compered by Isabel Ashman, Ilkley Town Crier. Guests were welcomed with a medley of 1940’s tunes played by pianist Myra Johnson. Steph Atkinson played her vintage saxophone, and Ilkley Moor Notes performed a selection of songs.
The ever-popular Shirley Britten, who has sung at the party for all the 31 years, gave us a selection of golden oldies to sing along with, and paid her own tribute to the First and Second World Wars. Shirley was accompanied by Michael Loftus. We ended with a rousing version of We’ll Meet Again.
The event would not have been possible without the help and support of so many of Ilkley and the district’s voluntary groups and individuals who gave up their time to help organise the day. Volunteers included students from Ilkley Grammar School and the Air Cadets. Many local groups including Ilkley Community Transport, Community Action Ilkley, Ilkley Flower Club, Rotary Club of Ilkley Wharfedale, Soroptimists International Ilkley and The Clarke Foley Centre. Funding towards the event was from the local Co-op Community Fund.
Our work schedule is always busy, so we are looking for new volunteers. If you’re interested in joining us as a volunteer either drop us an email from our contact page or contact us by phone on 01943 603348. You will be invited to meet up for an informal chat so you can hear how it all works and see if you would like to be involved. We recruit from the local community and before joining us volunteers are interviewed, have references taken up and undergo training. Everyone is required to have a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check.