Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Running Hadrian’s Wall in only 2 days!

By 13th August, 2018 Events No Comments

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!…

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!

Fish and Chips on a Sunny Day

By 5th July, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

Thank you to the Angel Fish Shop for delivering fish and chips to our residents today.

Marcia from the Fish Shop arrived with individually boxed up fish and chips which were very popular – everyone had their own order, and the fish was fresh and the chips were crisp!

Karen, our Activities Coordinator, had arranged a “beach themed” day, with pretend sandcastles, iced Pimms to drink, themed place table decorations and ice creams in a cone for dessert. She had even organised for a soundtrack of waves on a beach to accompany our takeaway lunch.

At 2pm, talented accordionist Leonard will be visiting to play some more of his wonderful music – most of our residents enjoy singing along or clapping their hands to the songs.

Thank you very much to Marcia and her team for delivering the lunches – it was a real highlight of the day!

Our Centenary Garden Party

By 11th June, 2018 Events Comments Off

The Centenary celebrations continued on Sunday, with our Centenary Garden Party held in the gardens of Charlotte Straker House.

Ada Lyons and Lily Smith are residents at Charlotte Straker House and are both 100 years’ old this year. They helped to plant a special Centenary rose called “Charlotte” with help from our Manager Marilyn Hunter, and Deputy Iwona Proszowska.

Thanks to Gayle Foster from Vintage at the Tower, our supporters and Trustees were able to dress in period costumes and accessories to celebrate the day.

We were entertained by Helene Dolder, plus the talented Jive Alive dancers (who meet at the Hexham Torch Centre on Wednesdays at 8pm – all welcome), a chamber orchestra and a wonderful afternoon tea, prepared by Papaya.

Apart from one short downpour, the day was bright and sunny, and it was wonderful to such a great community of volunteers, staff and supporters.

Berenice Groves, our Chair of Trustees made a speech to thank all our supporters – we have included this below:

On behalf of the Trustees and the Charlotte Straker team we are delighted that you are here to participate and share in the celebrations for our Centenary Year.

We are commemorating and celebrating that 100 years ago Joseph Straker bequeathed Prior House to the community as a cottage hospital in memory of his wife Charlotte Straker.

I am convinced that if Joseph was here today he would be astonished and delighted to see how far the Charlotte Straker Project has grown since its humble beginnings in 1918.Over the past few decades our charity has weathered many obstacles NHS closure of the cottage hospital, losing our wonderful palliative care service in the GP beds.

But it is a testament to the grit, determination and dedication of our staff and the supporters that Charlotte Straker House has emerged as a unique and much-loved facility, firmly embedded within the local community.

Prior House and the cottage hospital was created to make a difference in the Corbridge community. It has done this and certainly continues to make a difference today. We are committed to evolving to ensure that we always remain relevant to the needs of our residents and the needs of the local community.

There are many years ahead of us, new and exciting projects.

Since 1918 we’ve been able to provide care and nursing to hundreds of residents and patients, from all areas of Northumberland and beyond. This is a HUGE achievement.

In 1992 a board of Trustees set up the wonderful Charlotte Straker project in order to continue to deliver care to our community – you can see the dedication as some of the original trustees are still with us today such as Ann Wagstaff and Bill Cunningham.

We continue to develop an example of this was the introduction of the Community Respite Bed which was has both surpassed all expectation both with how quickly the money to operate it was raised and the use.

Since 2017, our Community Respite Care has provided care for the loved ones of 27 separate families. And it is obvious from family and patient testimonials how essential this bed is to hard pressed carers in the community.Now, our facility can go onto a critically needed new phase as we explore options for new physical space in which we can help even more residents and patients.

We have recently converted the last vacant flat to provide more bedrooms to a great standard – again thanks to the funds raised by many here today.

The Charlotte Straker Project has touched so many lives since 1918 and has helped so many local families.We should all congratulate ourselves, that our charity is so essential, so well supported and so much loved.

So today we celebrate turning 100 years old, and I’m here to say thank you: to our committed staff, to those who volunteer selflessly week in week out, to the Corbridge businesses and traders who help us so much, to our dedicated Trustees, to our Friends and Crafty Women and all those who help us in any way. These groups and individuals are the reason we are here today, and we are so grateful.On behalf of the Charlotte Straker Project, thank you. Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for your hard work. Thank you for a century of remarkable commitment and care.”


Ada Lyons (seated left) and Lily Smith (seated right) are both 100 years’ old this year. They planted a Centenary Charlotte rose with help from Marilyn Hunter, our Manager and Iwona Proszowska, our Deputy Manager.

Bill Cunningham, Trustee and Berenice Groves, Chair of the Trustees is their wonderful period costumes!

Our Centenary Summer Fete

By 11th June, 2018 Events Comments Off

Our Centenary Fete was held on Saturday and raised approximately £1,200 for the Charlotte Straker Project.

Joan McFadzean, one of our ex-Trustees, kindly opened the fete, and the sun blazed down and we had a great turnout of visitors to our stalls and games.

The icecream, cakes and cream teas went down a storm, and our Crafty Women stall, plant stall, book stall and tombola were very popular.

Thank you to everyone who made it such a success and to our friends at the following charities who brought their own stalls and games, and supported us on the day: Riding for the Disabled AssociationLifespanCarersNorthumberland Johnstone Anne-MarieTynedale Hospice at HomeTynedale Lions Club, our very own Crafty Women, Corbridge Youth-Initiative, 1st Tynedale Cubs and Scouts and Chrysalis at Tynedale.

(All images courtesy of Ian Wylie from Visit Corbridge)

Joan Fadzean and Bill Cunningham. Joan kindly opened our Summer Fete.

Berenice Groves, Chair of Trustees, Joan McFadzean and Bill Cunningham, Trustee.

Bill Cunningham, Trustee and Guy Opperman, MP, who came and supported us on the day.

Centenary Summer Fete – Saturday 9th June from 2pm.

By 14th May, 2018 Events, News Comments Off

Our Centenary Summer Fete is on Saturday 9th June from 2pm.

We will have lots of stalls including a tombola, book stall, plant stall, Crafty Women plus stalls from many other local charities and organisations.

There will be cream teas, ices, a cake stall and face painting for the children plus music from the Tyne Valley Band.

Everyone is welcome – come and have a great Summer afternoon at Charlotte Straker House in Corbridge!

The Quiz of the Year – in aid of the Charlotte Straker Project

By 10th April, 2018 Events, News Comments Off


Our great friends The Angel of Corbridge are having a fabulous Quiz on the 27th April, in aid of ourselves and the Corbridge Youth Initiative

It’s only £10 per ticket, which includes Street Food during the interval and a £5 donation.

There will be a raffle and auction on the evening plus £100 Angel Vouchers for winning team – the questions cover a huge range of subjects!

Please book direct with The Angel on 01434 632119 – teams are allowed up to six people

We hope you can support this charitable Corbridge event!

More information can be found on The Angel of Corbridge’s Facebook page.

The Corbridge charity fashion show video – Lights, camera…Prosecco!

By 24th March, 2018 Events Comments Off

Made by the talented Ian Wylie from the Visit Corbridge website – showcasing the models, outfits and dancing from the Fashion Show evening on 20th March – enjoy!

The Corbridge 2018 Charity Fashion Show raises approx £4000!

By 21st March, 2018 Events Comments Off

We are absolutely delighted to announce that yesterday’s charity Fashion Shows raised approximately £4,000! This total will be split between ourselves and our co-organisers the Corbridge Youth Initiative

We’d like to send a sincere THANK YOU to all the #Corbridge traders, organisations, volunteers and everyone who worked so hard to host the two shows.

The support and camaraderie amongst the traders, volunteers, models, organisations was amazing, and we feel honoured to be part of such a wonderful village.

Special thanks go to:

Pamela, John & the team at The Angel of Corbridge
Finale Shoes and Accessories
Katie Kerr Shop
Norma James of Corbridge
Croft and Graves Optometrists
Reflections HAIR and Beauty
Shorts of Corbridge
Vintage at the Tower
Jive Alive
Jack Robinson and Son Printers
Saunders & Pughe 
…and all the Corbridge retailers who provided raffle prizes (full list to follow)

This picture shows our hardworking Trustee Angela Jones and Trustee of the Corbridge Youth-Initiative Rosemary Rayfield. These ladies have worked so hard to ensure that yesterday’s events went with a swing.




Here are more glimpses of the fun…with more images (plus even more to be added) in a photo gallery created by Ian Wylie (thank you Ian!) at:…/ianwylie/albums/72157666939880908