Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

The tiny therapy ponies enjoy their visit to Charlotte Straker House

By 17th September, 2019 News No Comments

Taz and Poppet the therapy ponies from KL PONY Therapy visited us last week with their handler Katy.

Our residents love patting and stroking them, and the miniature horses travelled up the lift to see residents in their own bedrooms, as well as being made a fuss of in the dining room and lounge.

Katy does a wonderful job at training each pony to be relaxed in many different environments, including appearing on This Morning on TV and travelling on double decker buses and the Metro!

Poppet (brown and white) is only 20 months old, and Taz (black and white spotted) is 5 years old. Katy has 14 different ponies and visits many different care homes and hospitals across the region.

We adore seeing the tiny horses, and we cant wait for the next visit – thank you to Katy and her ponies for taking the time to speak to all of our residents and staff.

Reminiscing about holidays by the sea.

By 12th September, 2019 News No Comments

We had a lovely afternoon last week talking about our latest “Beamish Reminiscence Box”. These boxes are from the Beamish Museum and are filled with vintage items that encourage our residents to chat about their own lives and join in a discussion about happy times in the past.

This week’s box was all about the seaside, and we enjoyed looking at the old picnic items, beach toys and bucket and spades. Whilst we were chatting, everyone enjoyed an icecream!

Talking about our childhood holidays and about the photos and items was fascinating, especially finding out how much it cost to stay in all the hotels, farmhouses and campsites. Predecimal money can be confusing, so resident Margaret (who used to be a teacher) took the time to explain and write down the old “shillings and pence” values.

Making Musical Memories

By 5th September, 2019 News No Comments

Gary from “Musical Memories Sing-a-long” visited us last week and our residents loved the show, singing along to hits from the 1940s onwards, and finishing with a rousing rendition of the “White Cliffs of Cover and “We’ll Meet Again”.

Gary ensures that the concert is interactive and encourages residents to join in and sing through his cordless microphone from their own chairs.

Our residents loved his performance and his jokes! Thank you for visiting, and we hope to see you again soon.

Making model aeroplanes

By 3rd September, 2019 News No Comments

Our senior carer Keith has been spending time with our resident Alan, making Airfix copies of World War 2 aeroplanes.

The models were a bit fiddly, but Alan read the instructions and ensured each plane was painted in the correct colours, and Keith helped with the very small pieces.

During World War 2, Alan joined the RAF as a Radio Operator/Gunner and flew with his Squadron in Scotland, West Africa, America and the Bahamas. Alan worked his way up to Flight Lieutenant, and did two operational tours.

He has always been very interested in flying and his room displays his World War 2 medals and pictures of the aircraft he served on in the war.

It’s very important that our residents are still able to enjoy the hobbies and interests they had before they moved to Charlotte Straker House, so Keith and Alan enjoyed chatting about the different capabilities of the models of aircraft – Alan’s favourite is the B24 Liberator.

Reading the instructions carefully!

The finished plane, with the correct colours!

The Charity Cricket Match and Fun Day raises over £3,000!

By 27th August, 2019 News No Comments

Our Charity Cricket Match and Family Fun Day was a huge success and raised over £3000, which will be split between ourselves, the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club.

The weather was superb, and plenty of local families and children came to enjoy the sunshine plus the variety of stalls, bouncy castle, games and tuckshop.

Our brilliant volunteers, plus ladies from the Corbridge Cricket Club and Corbridge Youth Initiative provided a wonderful spread for afternoon tea, and the celebrations continued into the evening with a BBQ and a full bar.

Music from John Logan, Callum Harbottle and Shaun Fenwick entertained the happy crowd on the cricket field until late in to the summer evening.

The Corbridge Cricket Club team beat the Corbridge Village team on the final ball to win the Corbridge Charity Shield. The Performance of the Day award went to the entire Charlotte Straker team for finishing 3rd rather than their habitual 4th (!) with last year’s winners Corbridge Youth Initiative finishing last this year.

THANK YOU to all those who came to the event, the cricket players and the group of dedicated volunteers who organised the day so well.

(Pictures taken by Ian Wylie of Visit Corbridge)

Our Chair of Trustees, Berenice Groves, getting ready to bat for our team!

Corbridge Family Fun Day – call for cakes and tombola items

By 13th August, 2019 Events, News Comments Off

Don’t forget that Sunday 25th August 2019 is our popular Corbridge Family Fun Day at the Corbridge Cricket Club.

We would be very grateful for any donations of cakes, bakes or savouries for our afternoon tea stall. These can be left on Sunday 25th August at the Cricket Clubhouse from 10.30 am.

We are also on the hunt for tombola prizes including unwanted gifts, ornaments, bottles, confectionery, toiletries, costume jewellery etc. We would be grateful if prizes can be delivered Richard Hart-Jackson at his house by Friday 23rd August. The address is Hudshaw, Appletree Lane, Corbridge.

Anyone who has difficulty getting there can call Richard on 01434 633033 and he will collect.

Thank you for your help!


Three teams will be battling it out in the Corbridge Charity Cricket Tournament from 12.30pm and there will also be a village quoits competition and a tug of war!

There’s plenty for children to do including:
– mini cricket,
– tug of war,
– children’s tombola,
– facepainting,
– bouncy castle,
– stalls and games,
– free children’s crafts,
– tuck shop,
– live music to dance along to,

Plus afternoon tea, a BBQ from 5pm, some excellent charity stalls including our own Crafty Women, a full bar, Gin & Tonia and live music from John Logan, Shaun Fenwick and Callum Harbottle til late.

It’s a FREE OF CHARGE event, and is held to raise funds for our charity, plus the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club. (We have a wet weather plan, so it will go ahead regardless of the weather!)

Please come along and make this event a great success.

Singing along to hits from the past.

By 13th August, 2019 News Comments Off

Al Ritchie is a fabulous professional singer that specialises in visiting care homes and sheltered housing. He visited us last week and sang some wonderful hits from the 40s, 50s and 60s, and chatted to our residents about their memories around the music. Everyone was clapping and tapping their toes, and even the staff were singing along. Thank you to Al for a great interactive visit – everyone certainly enjoyed it.

Visiting the beach for fish and chips and icecream

By 13th August, 2019 News Comments Off

Last week we visited the beach and enjoyed fish and chips at Crusoe’s restauraunt on the Longsands in Tynemouth and a promenade along the seafront to watch the waves and eat an icecream. It was sunny for most of the day but eventually started to drizzle with rain. Everyone enjoyed themselves, and enjoyed the sea air, and we had fun chatting about our own past childhood visits to the beach.


Supporting our residents to follow their hobbies and interests.

By 8th August, 2019 News Comments Off

At Charlotte Straker House our staff support our residents to follow their hobbies and interests and will do everything they can to ensure they continue to enjoy their favourite activities.

Margaret has always loved sewing, embroidery and tapestry making and is keen to chat about her latest pieces of work. Like many of our residents, Margaret was taught sewing when she was very young and prides herself on the fact that the back of the canvas is just as neat as the front!

Meg is a talented gardener and before she came to live at Charlotte Straker House spent a lot of time tending her beautiful flower garden in Corbridge. At Charlotte Straker House we encourage her green fingers with planting of Spring and Summer flowers, and planting up containers for the Charlotte Straker garden and also the plant stall at our fete.

We are committed to ensuring our residents are supported in every way so that they can continue their personal hobbies and activities. It brings them (and us!) a lot of pleasure!

Our residents enjoy massage therapy from Naturel Therapies

By 1st August, 2019 News Comments Off

Simon from Naturel Therapies has been visiting Charlotte Straker since 2017 to offer neck, shoulder, foot and hand massages to all our residents.

Our Charity Golf Competition funded the cost of the therapies for the first two years, and this year it has been funded entirely through Gift Aid raised through generous donations from our supporters.

This means that the complementary therapies arecompletely free of charge to all our respite and residential clients, and are one of our most popular activities.

Simon is a fully qualified massage therapist and reflexologist and works with his wife Zena at their beauty salon in Warden, offering a full range of holistic treatments, using completely natural products.

Simon visits Charlotte Straker House each week and works closely with Jayne, our Activities Coordinator, to offer treatments to any resident who would like them. He offers a choice of massage oils and uses a black pepper and basil infused oil specifically for joint pain and stiffness. “Elderly residents often have neck and shoulder stiffness and pain in their hands and wrists, so a gentle massage will help loosen any painful muscles and ease any aches. It also calms the nervous system, making my clients feel much happier after a session. Sometimes they will fall asleep as they’re so relaxed.”

Simon has a lot of experience of working with older or disabled clients, as he regularly visits the Calvert Trust in Kielder where he offers sessions to people with a wide range of physical disabilities. “I have built up a rapport with my clients at Charlotte Straker House, and I’ve developed a real friendship with many of the residents. It’s wonderful to see how massage therapies help them to relax and cope with any aches or pains.