Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
Last week our residents, carers and volunteers visited the beach at Tynemouth.
Everyone enjoyed delicious fish and chips at Crusoes restaurant – it’s situated right on the Longsands beach, with a fabulous view.
The weather was warm enough for all our residents to sit outside and enjoy an icecream and the sea air, even though we had to wrap up a little against the wind.
We all had a fantastic time – thank you to the carers and volunteers who accompanied the outing.
At our recent Centenary Dinner, Hugh Dixon MBE, former National Trust Curator for the North East, gave a brilliant before-dinner speech.
Hugh spoke about the history of charitable giving, medicine and the family backgrounds of Joseph and Charlotte Straker or “Uncle Joe and Aunt Bunch” as their family used to call them.
Our Deputy Manager Iwona was especially delighted to hear of Charlotte’s Polish connection.
Today we launched a new “Men in Sheds” group at Charlotte Straker House.
This is designed to be a regular activity for our male residents to give them a chance to meet up, have a chat, learn new skills and share over a cup of tea and a biscuit.
Our volunteer Warwick led the first session and was joined by residents Frank and Brian, plus our current Community Respite Care Bed resident Dennis.
Over a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit the group enjoyed chatting about their love of music, singing, education and their previous careers in farming and teaching.
Thank you to our Activities Coordinator for organising and for Warwick for leading the group – it was really rewarding and interesting hearing stories from the residents about their lives and work.
The biggest and the best Gift Fair in Tynedale is back for 2018, and this year is again supporting the Charlotte Straker Project.
The Tynedale Gift Fair will be held at Matfen Hall Hotel on:
Entry £4 on the door (includes a raffle ticket).
Since 2004, the Tynedale Gift Fair has raised an amazing £42,100 for charities in Tynedale, and over the last two years alone has donated over £6,500 to the Charlotte Straker Project in Corbridge. In 2017, the Gift Fair committee donated over £3,000 which helped us buy 17 special purpose nursing mattresses for our residents.
This year they have again decided to support the Charlotte Straker Project, to help fund a state of the art integrated bathroom suite for the nursing, residential and respite patients. This brand new bathroom includes an Arjo bath system, with integral tracking and a bath lift to allow our less able residents to enjoy the pleasure of a comfortable reclining bath.
The numerous stalls include everything needed for an unforgettable festive season including gift ideas, furnishings, candles, clothing, tableware, soaps and jewellery plus delicious Christmas food stalls hosted by local producers who will be on hand to offer samples of their products, which includes cakes, puddings, sausages, chocolate, wines, spirits and smoked fish.
The raffle has some fantastic prizes including designer clothing and jewellery, vouchers for dinner at top local restaurants, bed and breakfast at Matfen Hall, plus personal physio, pilates and riding sessions! For the full list of raffle prizes please click here: Raffle prizes 2018. Raffle tickets can be bought from Charlotte Straker House.
We are over the moon that Caroline and her committee have decided that our charity should benefit again this year.
We wish them all the best for this year, and we will certainly be taking some of our residents to Matfen Hall to do some Christmas Shopping!
The Corbridge Food and Drink Festival will be held from Thursday 4th October to Sunday 7th October inclusive.
The 12-page 2018 Corbridge Food & Drink Festival programme is now on sale in our own Charlotte Straker House, Forum Books, The Corbridge Larder, Vintage at the Tower and other outlets around the village at a price of just £1.
Profits from the sale of the Corbridge Food and Drink Festival Programme will be split between ourselves, the Corbridge Youth-Initiative and the Transplant Ward at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne. So please consider buying a programme – or even two or three!
Organised by a team of Visit Corbridge volunteers and our acclaimed local cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops, this first Corbridge Food & Drink Festival promises to be a great event for residents and visitors alike. It includes:
Speciality Menus / Tastings / Live Music / Discounts / Demonstrations / The Great Corbridge Bake Off – judged by BBC Look North’s Carol Malia / A Taste of Norway / Spanish and Italian Nights / Cupcakes and Cocktails / Hexham Morris Dancers / Brunch Club / Competitions / Bike Smoothie Blender / Great Corbridge Gin Off / Hog Roast / Cocktail Masterclass / Apple Press / And much more!
Our very own Head Cook Debbie, is currently finetuning her entry into the Great Corbridge Bake-Off – we’ll certainly be taking some photos of her final competition creation – watch this space!
Mr P the Therapy Pony from KL PONY Therapy visited our residents today.
He’s an American Minature skewbald gelding and is just 28 inches tall!
Mr P met residents in the lounge, and then went up in the lift (!) to see our residents who stayed in their rooms. Everyone LOVES their visits from Katie’s therapy ponies, and Mr P was perfect. When he visited residents upstairs, he rested his head on their knees to be petted and gave them a little nudge.
Here he is marching along the upstairs corridor to visit his next resident – he’s most definitely in charge!
Mr P the Therapy Pony from KL PONY Therapy visited our residents today. He's an American Minature skewbald gelding and is just 28 inches tall!Mr P met residents in the lounge, and then went up in the lift (!) to see our residents who stayed in their rooms. Everyone LOVES their visits from Katie's therapy ponies, and Mr P was perfect. When he visited residents upstairs, he rested his head on their knees to be petted and gave them a little nudge. Here he is marching along the upstairs corridor to visit his next resident – he's most definitely in charge!Thank you very much to Mr P and his handler Katie – we can't wait to see them again soon.
Posted by Charlotte Straker House on Thursday, 20 September 2018
Thank you very much to Mr P and his handler Katie – we can’t wait to see them again soon.
Our Centenary Dinner was held last Thursday evening, to commemorate the culmination of 100 years since Joseph Straker bequeathed Prior House to the community as the Charlotte Straker cottage hospital.
Held at the Corbridge Cricket Club House, the evening included a four course dinner, plus a speech from our Chair of Trustees Berenice Groves, and a very interesting talk from speaker Hugh Dixon, on the history of hospitals from the Middle Ages up to the founding of Charlotte Straker House.
The dinner was organised to thank all those who have help or assisted our charity and we are delighted that so many were able to participate and share in the celebrations
Thank you also to all the Trustees who worked so hard to organise such an enjoyable evening, plus Papaya Bespoke Catering for a delicious dinner, the Corbridge Cricket Club for allowing us to use their venue, JDC Laundry for the table linen and violinists Julia and Jill.
Thank you to our Trustees Bill Cunningham and Richard Dixon for following photos!