A MUSEUM trip rounded off with some hearty grub was enjoyed by 50 members and friends of a residents group thanks to a generous cash windfall.
The Cobden Area Residents’ Association was handed a £400 donation from the Sir James Knott Trust, a charitable organisation which serves the north of England, after applying for the grant earlier this year.
And the grateful group of friends decided to spend the money by going on a summer outing to Beamish Open Air Museum, in Durham.
The cash paid for the coach travel, entry into the museum and a delicious two-course meal in the Shepherd and Shepherdess pub situated just outside the museum grounds.
The residents’ association treasurer Maureen Ledington said: “We all went on a coach trip to Beamish and it was lovely.
“After looking around the museum we all went for a two course meal in a pub just outside of the museum and the food was delicious. Some of the group even sent messages through to the chef saying that the lasagne was the best they had ever tasted.”
She added: “It was really nice having everyone together spending such a lovely day out. We wouldn’t have been able to do it without the generous donation from the James Knott Trust though, so we would like to say a really big thank you to them for helping this to go ahead.
“We applied for the funding earlier in the year and stated that it would be for a trip towards a summer outing. A few weeks later we got word that we were to receive the money and we were delighted. Despite usually wanting our outings to be somewhere flat so it’s easier for people to get about, we managed at Beamish because of the buses and trams which run throughout the day. We just took our time and had a lovely day.”
Anybody living in the Cobden Street area who would like to join the group, which meets on the fourth Monday of each month in The Supporter’s Club, in Duke Street, should call (01429) 269109.