The sun was certainly shining on Wednesday May 23rd for the first of five trips and where the district’s older residents enjoyed a scenic drive into the Dales courtesy of Ilkley and District Good Neighbours.

The afternoon excursions into the Dales was started nine years and the scheme provides an opportunity from where older residents who cannot access the countryside independently anymore are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful Yorkshire Dales landscape.

On this first trip thirteen residents enjoyed the picturesque drive which was followed by afternoon tea. This year for the first time the group visited the café at Mackenzie’s Yorkshire Smokehouse at Blubberhouses and enjoyed an assortment of freshly prepared sandwiches followed by delicious home baked scones served with jam and cream.

The Summer excursions provide an opportunity for approximately sixty to seventy older residents to spend the afternoon with others in beneficial surroundings.“It’s vital that our older residents are given the opportunity to interact and socialise with others and this trip has proved an ideal way to ensure that this happens” said Anita Dunford the excursion organiser and trustee of Ilkley and District Good Neighbours and “Everyone said how much they had enjoyed themselves during the afternoon,”

The trips which are free for guests are funded by local donations and grants from local businesses with this year’s Summer excursions being funded by Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation.

Transport for the event was provided by Ilkley Community Transport. Ilkley and District Good Neighbours would like to thank volunteer driver John Bray for arranging a such scenic route and for Adrienne Heavisides for her help during the afternoon.