The Chilterns Dial-a-Ride takes Buckinghamshire’s oldest Royal Bucks Yeoman and his wife to Queen’s Garden Party in Buckingham Palace


It’s not every day that you are invited to Buckingham Palace for tea and cucumber sandwiches, but if you are elderly and not so steady on  your feet, how do you get there?

That was the problem facing an Amersham couple this May, but the solution was at hand, thanks to the Chilterns Dial-a-Ride (CDAR).

The husband is the oldest member of the Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry, in which he served as an artilleryman.

The Yeomanry was originally formed in the 1790s as volunteer cavalry to protect the country against invaders and later given the motto “Ubique” (Everywhere) by King William 1Vth. In various forms, the Yeomanry fought with distinction in the Boer War and both the World Wars, the latter as a field regiment of the Royal Artillery.

The couple regularly use CDAR to get out and about and it rose to the occasion when volunteer Paul Binsted drove them to the Palace and back and accompanied them on the visit .  “It was a great day”, they said. “Paul, our driver, and all the staff at Dial-a-Ride were very helpful in arranging for us to go, they couldn’t have been more helpful and we couldn’t have gone if it weren’t for them. Paul was amazing on the day and looked very smart in his pink shirt and matching tie” (see picture). The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were there and so were William and Kate, and the husband met another veteran and colleague whom he hadn’t seen since 1956, over 60 years ago!

CDAR provides an invaluable  door-to-door transport service for those who have difficulty in getting out and about, Based in Latimer Park near Chesham, it operates throughout Chiltern and Wycombe Districts as well as nearer parts of South Bucks.

CDAR’s door to door service  enables  social visits, hospital and healthcare appointments,  visits to day centres, as well as group outings for day trips.  Buckingham Palace was a first!  CDAR is encouraging new members to join – “Call us on 01494 766123″.

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