Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Famous Explorer Conrad Dickinson gives charitable “To Antartica” talk in Corbridge.

By 12th February, 2019 Events, News No Comments

It was standing room in the Corbridge Village Hall when famous explorer Conrad Dickinson gave his “To Antarctica” talk last Friday night.

The tickets for the event sold out within 14 days, and it was a hugely successful evening, with an entertaining account of Conrad’s expedition to Antarctica with Prince Harry and four wounded servicemen.

The evening raised approximately £1,500 towards our Community Respite Care Bed!

Thank you to Conrad for such an entertaining and inspiring presentation, plus all those who contributed towards and organised the evening

The photo below shows (from left to right) Charlotte Straker Trustee Mike Pottage and Conrad Dickinson.

Conrad Dickinson – “To Antarctica” charity talk at Corbridge Parish Hall.

By 7th January, 2019 Events, News Comments Off

Famous explorer Conrad Dickinson will visit Corbridge to give a one-off illustrated talk on his journey to Antarctica, with Prince Harry and four wounded servicemen.

Conrad hit the headlines when he guided Prince Harry and a group of injured soldiers on one of the most high profile expeditions of modern times.

He is now going to talk about his amazing experience – which included sharing a tent with the Prince – in aid of the Charlotte Straker Project.

Corbridge Parish Hall
Tickets only £10.00; Licensed bar.

To buy tickets please email mike.pottage@charlottestraker.org.uk or ring the Charlotte Straker office on 01434 633 999.

Our Tree of Lights at Charlotte Straker

By 10th December, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

We held a moving Tree of Lights service yesterday at Charlotte Straker House.  Jenny the vicar led the short service and residents, staff and visitors took the opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

Thank you to the choir for singing carols, and to our volunteers for arranging mince pies and mulled wine.

In total, 38 remembrance stars have been bought – thank you so much to all those who ordered an engraved star. We hope you will enjoy seeing them displayed on our Tree. Please remember you can pick up your star from our office during our usual opening hours.

Our residents visit St. Andrews Christmas Tree Festival in Corbridge.

By 5th December, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

Our residents had a wonderful visit to the St. Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival on Monday.

Our own Charlotte Straker tree won a Silver Award in the competition. Thank you to the judges!

Our residents, staff and volunteers enjoyed a cup of coffee and a mince pie, and loved looking at all the different types of trees – the creativity was amazing!

Please support our Crafty Women at the CYI Christmas Fair – 24th Nov ’18

By 17th November, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

The Corbridge Youth Initiative Christmas Fair,

24th Nov 2018 at Corbridge Parish Hall, 10 am – 2 pm.

Our Crafty Women will have their own stall selling beautiful hand made shawls, cushions, Christmas decorations and homeware. We are raffling a gorgeous mohair shawl in lemon (shown in picture below), hand made by Penny Ely. Raffle tickets are £1 and only available from the Fair.

The Fair will have a raffle, tombola, cake and produce stall, toys and games for children and Santa’s Grotto. Coffees, teas, scones and home made soup available.

Entry is only £1.50 (children free) and includes a Christmas cake raffle ticket.  Please come and support our Crafty Women – all proceeds from their stall go towards the Charlotte Straker Project.

Tynedale Gift Fair at Matfen Hall – 29th and 30th October

By 4th October, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

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:

  • Monday 29th October 2018 3.30pm-8.30pm and
  • Tuesday 30th October 2018 10.00am-3.00pm.

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.

The accessible Arjo bath

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 Charlotte Straker Centenary Dinner

By 23rd September, 2018 Events Comments Off

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!

 

Corbridge Apple Day – 13th and 14th October 2018

By 17th September, 2018 Events Comments Off

Our popular Corbridge Apple Day is back!

Saturday October 13th and Sunday October 14 from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm on both days in the grounds of Charlotte Straker House.

Our volunteers will use an apple press to make you your own apple juice. A great idea to use up left over apples. Last year, people used the juice to make drinking juice, cider and various chutneys and jams.

Simple equipment, instructions and ingredients available.
BRING YOUR OWN APPLES AND JUICE CONTAINERS!

Refreshments available on the day for small donation.

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!

https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/alexbrown91…

Corbridge Family Fun Day – 26th August 2018

By 16th July, 2018 Events Comments Off

This is THE event of the Summer!

The Corbridge Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday 26th August 2018 at the Corbridge Cricket Club.

It’s a FREE OF CHARGE event, and is held to benefit ourselves, our good friends Corbridge Youth-Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club 

Live music is provided by the very talented Callum Harbottle, plus local band Undershield and the Hexham based Rock Choir.

Last year was a huge success, with lots of visitors including local families and children who watched a great game of cricket, browsed all the stalls, tucked into afternoon tea, the BBQ and enjoyed the live music. We also raised over £2,000 (which was split between the three charities) and we hope to do even better this year.

The Corbridge Cricket Club won the 2017 Corbridge Charity Shield, but we think it might be the turn of the Charlotte Straker cricketing team in 2018…

The organisers are asking for donations of cakes and bakes for their cake stall (please drop off in the morning of 26th August at the Cricket Club) plus tombola items (please drop off at Charlotte Straker House). Thank you!

Please put the date in your diary and let your friends and family know!