Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our Head Cook wins an award at the Corbridge 2019 Bake Off!

By 30th September, 2019 News Comments Off

The Great Corbridge Bake Off 2019 results are in and our talented Head Cook Debbie was awarded Highly Commended in the “Best Professional” section.

Debbie made a delicious fruit cake and decorated it in the Charlotte Straker colours – we were all particularly impressed with our “pear tree” logo that she’d created in icing!

The judging panel, led by BBC Look North’s Carol Malia, was overwhelmed by the number of entries plus the effort and thought entrants had put in, so we’re very proud of Debbie for winning an award.

All the cakes were sold on Saturday with the money split between ourselves, the Corbridge Youth Initiative and Tynedale Hospice at Home – thank you to all those who bought the cakes and raised funds for our charity.

(More photos of all the amazing cakes can be viewed on the Visit Corbridge page – courtesy of Ian Wylie)

The tiny therapy ponies enjoy their visit to Charlotte Straker House

By 17th September, 2019 News Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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.

Christmas Extravaganza 30th November 2019

By 10th September, 2019 Events Comments Off

A date for your diary!

We’ll be hosting our black tie Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 30th November 2019 at the Corbridge Parish Hall

This fabulous event raises funds for ourselves plus the Corbridge Youth Initiative, and this year, the ticket includes a three course meal, licensed bar, auction, raffle plus dancing to the talented Chequers band.

Tickets are £40 each, and can be booked by calling Mike Pottage on 01434 632901 or emailing

Make sure the date is in your diary, and don’t delay too long in buying your ticket – the event is always very popular!

Making Musical Memories

By 5th September, 2019 News Comments Off

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 Comments Off

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!