Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Opening our new Hair and Nail Salon

By 13th February, 2020 News No Comments

Our Hair and Nail Salon was officially opened on Monday, with resident Joy Lawson asked to cut the red ribbon alongside Marilyn Hunter our Registered Manager and Joan Robson, hairdresser.

The salon is now fully fitted out with a nail bar, hairdressing chair and resources and has wonderful “sparkly” covered walls. It is designed to provide an authentic “salon experience” for our residents and has everything you would expect in a high street hairdressers.

Thank you to Jayne Purvis, our Activities Coordinator, who raised enough funds during a Charity Race Night in 2019 to allow us to create the salon. Having an updated décor and fully fitted out salon makes such a difference to our residents who can now enjoy a pampering session in a comfortable and much more luxurious environment.

The newly refurbished hair salon.

Jayne Purvis, our Activities Coordinator who raised funds for the refit of the hairdressing salon.

Resident Joy Lawson cuts the ribbon to open our hair salon, alongside Marilyn Hunter our Registered Manager and Joan Robson the hairdresser

Celebrating Chinese New Year

By 13th February, 2020 News No Comments

We celebrated Chinese New Year last week with a delicious chinese lunch, prepared by Debbie, our Head Cook and her team. The dining room was decorated for the festival by Debbie and Jayne, our Activity Coordinator. As usual, our Chinese “dragon dance” was a huge hit with the residents, and everyone enjoyed listening to and joining in with the chinese music, and sampling all the different types of food.

The Charity Fashion Show is Back for 2020!

By 12th February, 2020 News No Comments

Our Fashion Show is back for 2020!

It will be held on Tuesday 24th March at the Angel of Corbridge, with two shows at 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm and will showcase the very best of fashion, shoes and accessories from many different Corbridge and locally based businesses.

Tickets are £15 each and include a welcome glass of prosecco.

Fashion Show Tickets can ONLY be bought at the following Corbridge shops: Norma James, Finale Shoes and Accessories, Shorts of Corbridge and Katie Kerr Clothing. (The shops have requested that people pay for their tickets using cash or cheque – thank you).

Please be quick to book your tickets – they always sell out so fast!

Raffle tickets are £1 each and can be bought on the day of the fashion show. The raffle prizes include a voucher for a pair of ladies or gents Maui Jim sunglasses, (with a value of around £250), from Crofts and Graves Opticians plus many other vouchers and accessories from other local traders.

The Fashion Show is held in partnership with the Corbridge Youth Initiative and all funds raised will be split equally between the Charlotte Straker Community Respite Bed and the Corbridge Youth Initiative Summer Scheme and other resources.

The Crafty Women Sponsor our Community Respite Care Bed

By 10th February, 2020 News No Comments

Thank you to the ladies of the Crafty Women who have sponsored our Community Respite Care Bed this week.

They work hard all year creating beautiful hand made items to be sold in various fairs and fetes to raise money for our charity. We visited the group at their weekly meeting and presented a certificate to Rosie Cunningham, Chair of the Crafty Women and her team to thank them for all their hard work.

Our Community Respite Care Bed costs £46,500 per annum and is entirely funded through grants and donations. We have helped over 30 local families and are now taking bookings right through 2020. If you would like to book a short term respite care break in the bed please contact our Deputy Manager on 01434 633 999.


Our brand new ensuite room and Hair and Nail Salon

By 6th February, 2020 News No Comments

The latest photos from our new room and hair and nail salon. As you can see our brand new en-suite room is ready and our very sparkly hair/nail salon is very nearly finished! All the works should be finished around the third week in February and the builders are just making the finishing touches to our newly extended reception and administration office. Thank you to everyone for being so patient with the noise and dust – we will show you the final pictures when everything is completely finished.

A sold out charity quiz match at the Angel of Corbridge

By 3rd February, 2020 News No Comments

Thank you to all those who came to the sold out charity quiz night at the Angel of Corbridge last week. A delicious fish and chip supper was served and the quiz master Alistair Jenkins set some brilliant and challenging questions, and after a closely fought competition the Quoits Batters’ team emerged as the winners.

Thanks to the generosity of the Angel and the quiz attendees we raised £1240 for our Community Respite Care Bed.

Many many thanks to Kevin Laing, managing director at the Angel Inn, Corbridge for hosting the event and all the staff who were so helpful and accommodating. (Pictures by Ian Wylie)

Our Burns Lunch – haggis, neeps and tatties and bagpipe music too!

By 29th January, 2020 News No Comments

We celebrated the life of Robbie Burns with our traditional Burns Day Lunch of haggis, tatties and neeps and home made cranachan, raspberries and shortbread.

Musician Chris Urwin piped in the haggis and played traditional Scottish music whilst Peter our volunteer, read the historic Burns Night “address” and resident Frank was supported to stab the haggis. Thank you to Debbie and her catering team for a delicious Burns lunch.

Winter 2020 Newsletter

By 29th January, 2020 News, Newsletter No Comments

Our Winter newsletter is now published, and will be landing in your inboxes or on your door mats this week. It is packed full of photos from our recent outings, fundraising news and the latest on our building refurbishments. If you would like a copy, please email directly.

2020 CS Winter Newsletter

Working towards the Gold Standard Framework in Care Homes Programme

By 23rd January, 2020 News Comments Off

This year we are working towards achieving accreditation with the nationally recognised Gold Standard Framework in Care Homes Programme. The programme is a framework to help deliver a ‘gold standard of care’ and has 3 aims:

  1. To improve the quality of care provided for all residents.
  2. To improve collaboration with GP’s, primary care teams and specialists.
  3. To reduce the number of hospital admissions in the final stage of life, enabling more to die with dignity in the home, if that is their wish.

We will keep you informed of our progress as we work towards the goals and standards required to achieve accreditation. It will take 12-18 months to embed best practice before submitting our portfolio for accreditation.

It is an exciting time for Charlotte Straker House. The Gold Standard Framework is an excellent way to demonstrate the dedication and commitment of all staff members in providing a ‘gold standard’ of care for our residents.

Enjoying Emporium Icecream in Corbridge

By 22nd January, 2020 News Comments Off

Thank you so much to Scott and Sally Ann, owners of Emporium Ice Cream Ltd who made us so welcome when we arranged a visit to their icecream parlour and cafe last weekend.

They have the cutest tea room area (which is fully accessible through a ramp), and our residents and volunteers very much enjoyed the teas, coffees and tasting the icecream.

They have a vast menu with home made scones, cakes and traybakes, hot soup and a huge variety of icecream flavours (my favourite is the Apple Crumble and Salted Liquorice….)

It is really well worth a visit, and they have comfy seats and chairs in the tearoom area, and if you book the space for a community gathering it is FREE of charge!

Thank you again to Scott and Sally Ann, who had a great chat with our residents, and helped with wheelchairs and making sure everyone was comfortable.

We really enjoy being able to support businesses in Corbridge!