Newcarron Residents Take a Coach Trip Down Memory Lane
18 August 2022
A nostalgic trip to South Queensferry helped grant the wishes of a group of Newcarron Court Residents.
The west Edinburgh destination has a special place in the hearts of many Residents who were keen to see the town’s sights once again.
Colleagues recently put on a Residents’ forum so they could find out the destinations, events and activities that everyone most wanted to do.
After a trip to South Queensferry was mooted by several Residents, the team set about making the arrangements for a special day out.
Activities Co-ordinator Natalie Davidson said: “After two years of restrictions, we wanted to make up for lost time and plan some excursions.
“We hired a Sneddons coach because our minibus wasn’t big enough to fit everyone who wanted to go, and our driver was fantastic with the Residents.
“When we got to South Queensferry, we went to the Railway Bistro, which has beautiful views over the Firth of Forth and the three bridges.
“The lunch was lovely, and the staff were so great. We all felt so welcome.”
After their leisurely lunch, the group went for a wander around South Queensferry.
Natalie said the conversation turned to their previous visits to the picturesque area.
She added: “We had a wee cup of tea outside and started talking about how the place hasn’t changed much over the past 60 years.
“The only thing that stood out was the giraffe sculpture!”
There are over 40 giraffe sculptures positioned in iconic spots in and around Edinburgh as part of the ‘Tall Trail’ by Edinburgh Zoo.
Taking in the sculpture was another highlight of the lovely day trip.
Resident Margaret Ferguson said: “It was lovely to get out for the day with such good company and to see the beautiful scenery.
“Having a nice cup of tea by the water brought back many happy memories.”
After the success of their South Queensferry outing, plans are afoot for Newcarron Court’s next coach trip.
According to Customer Relations Manager Paul Lawson, it involves some animal magic.
Paul said: “Meaningful activities play a big part in person-centred care.
“Creating moments that matter and seeing the joy this brings to the residents is truly amazing.
“The next trip planned should be even more fun as we’re off to the Safari Park!”