Care for the elderly in Northumberland.

Our Apple Day raised £337 and made 70 gallons of juice!

By 16th October, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Thank you to ALL those who came to our Apple Day on Saturday and Sunday.

John Maude and his team of volunteers worked tirelessly pressing apples to make around around 70 gallons of juice (320 litres) for visitors over the weekend.

They also sold about 10 starter cider kits, so there might be some interesting evenings ahead in Corbridge!
Lots of Corbridge residents, families and children came with their bags of apples, to see how the press worked and to take away their own pressed apple juice.

We donated the used pressed apple (pomace) to the chickens, pigs (named Delia and Nigella) and compost bins, owned by some of our generous visitors.

In total we raised £337 which will enable us to buy a new bed for our nursing residents at Charlotte Straker House.

Thanks to John, and all those who made the weekend such a success (and we hope you’re enjoying your juice!)

Charity Movie Night – Life is Beautiful at Forum Cinema in Hexham

By 10th October, 2017 Events No Comments

Come to our Charity Movie Night on 14th November at the Forum Cinema in Hexham!

The film is the award winning Life if Beautiful, and as an added bonus the ladies from the Off the Wall choir will be serenading guests from 7.45 pm onwards.

Tickets are only £10 each, and include a glass of wine. Please email or contact the Forum Cinema to book your seats. Tickets can also be bought on the door.

Corbridge First School visit us and take part in apple pressing!

By 10th October, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

The pupils from Year 4 at Corbridge First School visited Charlotte Straker House last week. They had a chance to watch volunteer John Maude press some apples, and hear all about how the machines work. Then they sang some harvest songs to our residents.

Many thanks to Miss Ainsley and Mr Harrison for helping to arrange such a great morning, and to all the children for listening carefully and singing so beautifully.

(All photos are by Ian Wylie)


CANCELLED Wine and Whisky Evening – 27th October 2017

By 2nd October, 2017 Events No Comments


We have so many amazing fundraising events coming up – and the next is our Wine and Whisky Evening on Friday 27th October from 7.00 pm.

Not only will you be served a pie and pea supper, but you will also have the opportunity to taste five whiskies or five wines (plus 5 cheeses) in the evening – all for just £15 per head!

It will be held at the brand new Corbridge Cricket Clubhouse – please book now to ensure your place.

To book please email our marketing coordinator or text 07884 180 195 – with your choice of wine or whisky. Payment for tickets will be taken on the evening.

Corbridge Apple Day – use our press to make juice out of your own apple harvest

By 29th September, 2017 Events No Comments

Are you wondering what to do with a glut of Autumn apples?

We have an exciting Corbridge Apple Weekend on 14th and 15th October – 10.30 am to 3.00 pm each day.

Bring your apples to Charlotte Straker House and for a small donation to our charity, we will use our apple press to give you your own apple juice.

Just bring along apples, and clean bottles or containers for your juice.

Simple instructions, equipment and recipes available.

Refreshments available (for small donation), and home made jams and chutneys available to buy.

Please share and spread the word!

Our 25th Anniversary Celebrations

By 18th September, 2017 News No Comments

It is 25 years since the Charlotte Straker Project was launched in 1992!

Our residents, staff, friends and volunteers held a tea party to celebrate, with plenty of home made cakes and scones. We also had an exhibition with photos and information from the very first few years of Charlotte Straker House.

The sun shone, so we were able to sit outside and listen to a speech made by Dr Bill Cunningham, our Chairman of the Trustees who thanked everyone for their support and spoke about our charity’s achievements.

Many thanks to all the staff and volunteers and everyone who made the afternoon such a great celebration of Charlotte Straker life.

We also had a small celebration with just the residents and staff on Wednesday 20th September – with plenty of balloons, cake and party poppers!

See below for a selection of photos from both afternoons – all taken by the talented photographer Ian Wylie.

A fabulous Family Fun Day at the Corbridge Cricket Club

By 29th August, 2017 News No Comments

Thank you to ALL those who volunteered their time and supported our Corbridge Fun Day at the Corbridge Cricket Club on Sunday.

We had a fantastic turn out and raised £2,355 which will be split between ourselves, the Corbridge Youth Initiative and the Corbridge Cricket Club.

The weather was perfect and all our supporters worked very hard on the stalls, afternoon tea, the BBQ, bar, children’s games and more. And of course, not forgetting our intrepid band of cricketers!

I’ve attached some pictures from the talented Ian Wylie – hope you enjoy (and here’s to next year!)


Celebrating our volunteers at Charlotte Straker House!

By 22nd August, 2017 News No Comments

A few times each week two volunteers push a fully laden trolley to visit each resident in Charlotte Straker House.

The trolley is filled with a selection of savoury and sweet snacks plus a variety of toiletry items.

This picture shows Barbara Shaw about to start her round on the top floor of Charlotte Straker House.

Barbara has been a volunteer since 1992 and told us that she values the chance to “chat to each resident, whilst I’m on trolley duty. They become my friends, and I think enjoy my visits each week”.

Many thanks to ALL the volunteers who are part of the trolley rota – they are an important and much valued part of Charlotte Straker life.

An Interview with our Senior Care Assistant Merilyn Jewitt

By 14th August, 2017 News No Comments

Merilyn Jewitt is one of our “newer” employees, having worked as a senior carer at Charlotte Straker House for just over 2 years.

Merilyn is a senior carer (and trained nurse), and she is responsible for supervising a team of care assistants, as well as supporting all our residents with their medical and personal care and all other aspects of daily living.
Her parents have lived in Corbridge for over 40 years’ and after her mother died and her father was diagnosed with Parkinsons’ disease, the family decided it would be better for him to move into Charlotte Straker House.
Merilyn says, “It was where my Dad always wanted to go. My Mum and Dad have lived in Corbridge for a very long time, and he always said that if he had to go into a home he wanted to go to Charlotte Straker. To be honest, it’s where everyone wants to go!”

Her father Brian is 89 and loves joining in all the activities and social visits, especially playing chess, indoor gardening and he goes to every single organ recital at St Andrew’s Church in Corbridge. Brian used to play the organ, so he adores music and enjoys listening to the Proms and other music programmes. He was very keen on the visit to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle earlier on this year and enjoyed inspecting the shipping and engineering exhibits. He is visited regularly by his close family, including his daughters and their children.

Merilyn explains “He was a civil engineer and had a long career visiting some of the more far flung places around the world. He is still very proud of the buildings and structures that he helped to build. Although his Parkinson’s is slowly becoming more advanced, he still loves to chat to the carers and visitors about his earlier life.”
Merilyn now lives with her husband in Barrasford, but has spent many years living in Spain, organising bird watching holidays. She still goes out to visit central Spain as much as she can, and is also preparing to go away to Australia to see her youngest son.

“I have three grandchildren”, she says “and I’m kept very busy at work and at home! I think it helps that I’m a pretty active person. Being a senior care assistant is such a rewarding job, but it’s physically demanding, and you spend a lot of time on your feet. Perhaps when I’m retired I will have more time for gardening and walking, but I do love working at Charlotte Straker House. The team of care assistants and nurses are great fun and really supportive”.

She adds “I think my favourite part of the role is building a relationship with each resident. You need to put yourself in their position. I’ve always tried to live my life by the maxim “do as you would be done by”, and I think that applies very much in my role today. I try to work out how to help each resident as an individual, take the time to get to know them, and provide as much support as I can.”

Thank you very much to Merilyn for her hard work and her commitment to Charlotte Straker Project.

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter

By 14th August, 2017 Newsletter No Comments

Click here to read our latest newsletter with all our Summer news including:

  • an interview with our Senior Care Assistant Merilyn Jewitt.
  • a visit by staff from Marks & Spencer’s store in Hexham.
  • visits by our PAT and Wag & Co dogs.
  • full fundraising news including the Golf Day, Tearoom Cycle Ride and Brocksbushes Summer Fayre
  • our celebration of National Carers’ Week

and much more!

Charlotte Straker Newsletter – Summer