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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 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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.”