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Unveiling of the Centenary Wall Hanging

By 22nd August, 2018 News Comments Off

The Wallhanging with Lesley Thirlwell, Lady Allendale and members of the Crafty Women.


Residents, staff and volunteers gathered at Charlotte Straker House this week to see Lady Allendale unveil a remarkable wall hanging to commemorate the role Charlotte Straker has played in providing 100 years of care to the local community.

The wall hanging was designed and made by members of Corbridge’s group of Crafty Women. The three panels reflect the historic nature of the village and the importance of community, with the depiction of the river symbolising the flow of care that Charlotte Straker has provided over the years.

The techniques used to create the hanging also depict the diversity of skills within the Crafty Women group and include embroidery, crochet, quilting, weaving, knitting and applique. John Upton made the mounts for each panel as well as the wonderful display frame.

Rosie Cunningham from the Crafty Women – “We are all delighted to see the wall hanging displayed in Charlotte Straker House. Many hours of hard work, design and crafting went into the piece, and it is a remarkable work of art. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to work on the hanging, and to Lady Allendale who came to unveil the piece.”

Tessa, Lady Allendale added – “It’s wonderful to think 100 years ago, my husband’s great grandmother Alexandrina Allendale officially opened the Charlotte Straker Cottage Hospital, and I’m very honoured to be asked to unveil the Centenary wall hanging.

The amount of work that has gone into the piece is staggering and it’s fabulous to see it in its rightful place in the dining room of Charlotte Straker House.

More recently, my husband’s uncle, the late Matthew Beaumont, spent time in Charlotte Straker and I saw with my own eyes the extraordinary work that is done here. We look forward to many more centenaries to come”.

Our Head Cook created a marvellous centenary cake and everyone enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea, prosecco and pink champagne to celebrate the unveiling.

Thank you to everyone who participated to make this afternoon such a success!

The Centenary cake

Before the unveiling

The Centenary tapestry

Viscount and Viscountess Allendale viewing a book on the Wall hanging created by a member of the Crafty Women

The cake and afternoon tea.

Before the unveiling, and our visitors enjoying the speeches.

Lady Allendale and Lesley Thirlwell cutting the Centenary cake.