Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Children from Little Tinklers Nursery visit our residents.

By 30th August, 2018 News Comments Off

Children from Little Tinklers Nursery regularly visit Charlotte Straker House to spend an afternoon with the elderly residents. In July they entertained everyone by singing songs, playing “catch the bubble” and dancing games.

Little Tinklers was launched in Corbridge over 14 years ago by qualified primary school teacher Georgina Lester. The nursery caters for babies and children up to the age of five.

Team Leader Assistant Angie Hogg, Nursery Nurse Molly Holmes and Apprentice Leah Norris accompanied the children on their visit and told us how much the nursery children enjoyed meeting everyone at the care home. “The children love the praise they are given by the Charlotte Straker residents, and they really enjoy visiting.” she said.

Lucy, (aged 2) spent time sitting on Olive’s knee, cuddling her Peter Rabbit soft toy and chatting away happily.

Matilda (aged 4) and her sister Harriet (aged 2) jumped around excitedly catching bubbles and singing loudly to residents Margaret and Renee.

Marilyn Hunter, our Manager said, “our residents adore the children’s visits. The joy and excitement that they bring has become a highlight and you can see the positive stimulation it creates.”

Research has shown that adults who experienced close “intergenerational interaction” are less prone to depression and have better physical health, as well as being happier with their present life and more hopeful for the future.

Resident Margaret (aged 90) told us that the visit made her “feel very cheerful” and she loved “listening to the children chat”.

Milo (aged 4) rushed over to tell us that he “likes playing here” before dashing off to sing the next nursery rhyme.

Georgina Lester, owner of Little Tinklers nursery added that “bringing children and elderly people together is actually a very natural concept and definitely benefits both groups. I’m so pleased that we have this special relationship within Corbridge”.

(Thanks to Ian Wylie for the gorgeous pictures!)


The Corbridge Family Fun Day

By 28th August, 2018 News Comments Off

The rain didn’t stop play at the Corbridge Family Fun Day on Sunday.

There was a great atmosphere, (even though the cricketers were sometimes a bit damp), and we had a good turnout even though the skies were cloudy.

After an exciting match, the Corbridge Youth-Initiative won the Corbridge Cricket Competition and were presented with the shield.

Steve Betts won the Quoits Competition, that was organised by Maurice Hodgson.

The children and families really enjoyed the variety of stalls, bouncy castle, children’s 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, full bar and some great singing.

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 and our own Trustee Bill Cunningham.)

Unveiling of the Centenary Wall Hanging

By 22nd August, 2018 News Comments Off

The Wallhanging with Lesley Thirlwell, Lady Allendale and members of the Crafty Women.


Residents, staff and volunteers gathered at Charlotte Straker House this week to see Lady Allendale unveil a remarkable wall hanging to commemorate the role Charlotte Straker has played in providing 100 years of care to the local community.

The wall hanging was designed and made by members of Corbridge’s group of Crafty Women. The three panels reflect the historic nature of the village and the importance of community, with the depiction of the river symbolising the flow of care that Charlotte Straker has provided over the years.

The techniques used to create the hanging also depict the diversity of skills within the Crafty Women group and include embroidery, crochet, quilting, weaving, knitting and applique. John Upton made the mounts for each panel as well as the wonderful display frame.

Rosie Cunningham from the Crafty Women – “We are all delighted to see the wall hanging displayed in Charlotte Straker House. Many hours of hard work, design and crafting went into the piece, and it is a remarkable work of art. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to work on the hanging, and to Lady Allendale who came to unveil the piece.”

Tessa, Lady Allendale added – “It’s wonderful to think 100 years ago, my husband’s great grandmother Alexandrina Allendale officially opened the Charlotte Straker Cottage Hospital, and I’m very honoured to be asked to unveil the Centenary wall hanging.

The amount of work that has gone into the piece is staggering and it’s fabulous to see it in its rightful place in the dining room of Charlotte Straker House.

More recently, my husband’s uncle, the late Matthew Beaumont, spent time in Charlotte Straker and I saw with my own eyes the extraordinary work that is done here. We look forward to many more centenaries to come”.

Our Head Cook created a marvellous centenary cake and everyone enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea, prosecco and pink champagne to celebrate the unveiling.

Thank you to everyone who participated to make this afternoon such a success!

The Centenary cake

Before the unveiling

The Centenary tapestry

Viscount and Viscountess Allendale viewing a book on the Wall hanging created by a member of the Crafty Women

The cake and afternoon tea.

Before the unveiling, and our visitors enjoying the speeches.

Lady Allendale and Lesley Thirlwell cutting the Centenary cake.

Looking through Beamish Museum’s “Reminiscence Box”

By 20th August, 2018 News Comments Off

Last week our residents enjoyed the chance to look through a “Reminiscence Box” from the Beamish Museum.

The theme of the box was “Going Out” and it contained a wide variety of vintage items such as hair curlers, a flat smoothing iron, nylons, vinyl records, a powder puff, men’s shaving kit, dance hall tickets and lots of photos.

It was an opportunity for residents to chat and compare notes about the nostalgic items, and led to some great conversations about the “old days”.

This is something that we will definitely do again – thank you to Beamish museum and the volunteer who kindly collected the box to take to Charlotte Straker House.


“Charlotte Straker is absolutely wonderful”…a post from our recent respite care resident.

By 14th August, 2018 News Comments Off

Joan Barnes is our most recent respite care resident and is staying at Charlotte Straker House for two weeks.

She admits that she wasn’t keen to come to Charlotte Straker, and worried that “the staff might not like me, and I might not like them”, but since staying with us for a couple of days, she told us that she has definitely changed her mind. “The staff are absolutely wonderful: kind; welcoming; and always smiling”, she says, “they are always ready to help you, and I don’t feel guilty if I need to ask for anything. It ticks all the boxes.”

Joan has joined in all the many activities, including making felt poppies for the World War One Centenary, had her hair done in our salon and also had a complimentary massage with Naturel Therapies. She told us that she loved having a “proper, glorious bath. I hate showers, and don’t have a bath at home, so it was wonderful to have a long, luxurious deep bath.” She has really appreciated the home made meals, “the food is glorious and so tasty. I think I might have put on some weight since staying here” she laughs.

She told us that she was very worried about staying with us, but all her fears were unfounded, “I’ve had my eyes opened. I wasn’t keen on entering a care home as I’ve heard such stories, but Charlotte Straker House is absolutely wonderful.”

Our Community Respite Care Bed is now taking bookings for 2019 – for more information on our short stay free of charge respite care please ring our Deputy Manager on 01434 633999.

The picture below shows Joan with our Housekeeper Nicola Pick and our Senior Carer Karen Dover.

Running Hadrian’s Wall in only 2 days!

By 13th August, 2018 Events Comments Off

Alex Brown (son of our Chair of Trustees Berenice Groves) will be walking the full Hadrian’s Wall Route, in only 2 days, to raise money for our charity.

On Sunday the 19th August he will be aiming to walk and run the entire length of 84 miles, without any stops on the way.

We are always delighted when anyone fund raises on our behalf, and we want to say a huge “GOOD LUCK!” to Alex on his 2 day journey.

To donate to Alex’s charity walk please visit the following link. Thank you in advance!…

Supporting the Charlotte Straker runners at the 2018 Great North Run.

By 1st August, 2018 News Comments Off

We have five intrepid volunteers who are running the 2018 Great North Run (on 9th September) to raise money for the Charlotte Straker Project.

We are incredibly grateful when individuals raise money on our behalf, and we want to support them in any way we can!

The first of our runners is Drew Wilkinson.

Drew is a keen runner from Riding Mill and 10 years ago he completed the Great North Run in a staggering 1 hour and 30 mins. He is hoping to match his time a decade on. Can he do it? We think so!

Please dig deep to sponsor Drew and to support us at the Charlotte Straker Project – we rely on donations to improve facilities and equipment in our care home which contributes significantly to the well being of our residents. We also provide one free of charge community respite bed which has already helped 42 families and their loved ones with essential respite care.

Drew can be sponsored at:

Good luck Drew – we’ll be cheering you on!