We currently have four job vacancies within the Linskill Centre.
The Linskill Book Fair 2015
North Tyneside will be hosting one of the UK’s biggest charity book sales next month when the annual Linskill Book Fair gets underway on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May.
As many as 40,000 second-hand books will be on sale at the Linskill Centre, North Shields with everything priced at just £1 or 50p. As well as 1000s of novels and biographies for sale at bargain prices, there will be books on every imaginable subject from Art to Zoology and Kids’ books to Keep Fit.
Held each May, the Linskill Centre’s Book Fair is a much anticipated event in the book lovers’ calendar and with so many books on offer the event is thought to be one of the largest of its kind in the UK. The book sale is always a popular event with the north east’s book collectors and with people who still like to read real books. It’s the perfect place to hunt for a rare book, or just pick up a paperback to take on holiday.
As well as browsing through the stacks of books, visitors will also be able to find maps, music and ephemera on sale. They can also try their hand at bookbinding, calligraphy and creative writing with fun and informative workshops and talks taking place throughout the three-day event.
All the books have been generously donated by local people and are being sorted ready for the Book Fair by Linskill Centre book volunteers Kathleen Benson, David Gray and William Edwards, who are working through a mountain of donated books to get ready for the big day.
Kathleen Benson, who has been helping at the Centre for four years, said: “We’re always amazed by the quality of the books that come in for the Book Fair and we’re very grateful to everyone who has donated books for the sale. There’s definitely going to be something for everyone among the books on sale and whether you’re a casual reader or a regular bookworm this is going to be an unmissable event.”
The Linskill Book Fair 2015 takes place from 29-31 May from 9am-5pm at the Linskill Centre, North Shields NE30 2AY.
All proceeds from the Book Fair go towards providing the community activities of the Linskill Centre.
We are accepting deliveries of books every Tuesday and Wednesday between 11am-4pm
June 18th, 19th and 20th - Tickets £5.00
Set in New York’s Bohemian Alphabet City RENT is a revolutionary rock musical and imaginative retelling of the classic Puccini opera, La Boheme. Unforgettable and timeless, tells of a year in the life of a group of struggling artists who learn to fall in love despite poverty, illness and the usual hopes and fears of modern day life bringing a universal message of hope for everyone.
RENT opened on Broadway in April 1996 following an earlier run two years previously off Broadway. The musical went on to win every major best musical award, including the Tony Award, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for drama. RENT is the seventh longest running show in Broadway history and grossed over $280 million during its Broadway run. Over the course of its groundbreaking 12-year New York run, RENT transformed the definition of musical theater – and changed Broadway giving songs that rock and a story that really resonates across the world.
RENT has changed Broadway forever and transformed how a generation feels about musical theatre. Now we bring this fantastic show to North Shields and whether it’s your 1st time or your 100th time, you won’t want to miss this mind blowing production of RENT.
Tickets are £5 and available from Linskill Centre | Linskill Terrace | North Shields |Tyne and Wear | NE30 2AY or via phone 0191 257 8000
We are pleased to announce that we have secured funding to renovate the Large Hall Foyer and Toilets. The work will begin in mid April 2015 and will be finished by the end of April 2015.
We would like to thank Awards For All, The Barbour Foundation, The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust and the Rothley Trust for their generous donations.
During the renovation the Foyer and Toilets will be closed to the public, we do apologise for any inconvenience but I am sure you will agree the end result will be worth it.
The Foyer adjoins the recently refurbished Linskill Bar and Large Hall which are very popular with large scale events and party bookings.
If you would like to hold an event in the Large Hall please call 0191 257 8000.
To see the Cafe menu please click here.
We are currently looking for new members to join the Board of Directors at the Linskill Trust. Please see the information below and see if it is something that you would be interested in.
Ten Facts about the Linskill Centre. Did you know?
Is managed by an independent Charity - Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust
Is the largest community asset transfer in the Country and the only transfer in North Tyneside. It receives no direct financial support from the Council
Employs 46 people – all from the local area
Has 24 regular volunteers supporting the centre with 5400 volunteering hours per annum
Had over 120,000 visits in 2014
Is open 82 hours per week over seven days
Has 27 permanent organisations based in the centre, which combined employ 153 people and provides 53 volunteer opportunities
There are also 53 regular community classes per week
The centre has nine rooms available to hire, including our large hall with a capacity of 350 people
The centre costs £800,000 per annum to run.
We need your support!
As you can see from the facts above – the Linskill Trust is a large operation and it has grown considerably since we took over the Centre from the Council in 2006. The Trust is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to support the management team at the centre.
The Board currently consists of seven Directors with a range of different skills and experience that complement the range of activities that take place at the centre. We are looking to recruit new Directors who will volunteer their time and help the Trust continue to grow and support the team. If you think you have relevant skills and experience and could commit to approx 5 hours per month to volunteer as part of the Board – we would like to hear from you! We are particularly looking for new Directors with experience in any of the following areas:
Fundraising and Sponsorship
Community / Voluntary Sector
We have a new fundraising target at the Linskill Centre, its a big one at £96,000 but the car park needs resurfacing to put an end to the dreaded potholes!
For more info please see the display and donation box in Linskill Reception.
Thank You for your continued support
As everyone is getting ready for the festive season, we’d like to invite you to join us at the Linskill Centre and celebrate Christmas 2014.
Santa's Elves' have dropped off a special Post Box for you to send your letters to Santa. Make sure you letters arrive at Reception before 1st December to ensure they are stamped with Santa's special North Pole stamp.
Replies will be sent out by 16th December.
Linskill Film Club will be returning for the Christmas season, screening a selection of Christmas Films to get the children into the festive spirit.
Monday 1st December – Home Alone – 4.00pm
Tuesday 2nd December – The Grinch – 4.00pm
Wednesday 3rd December – Elf – 4.00pm
Thursday 4th December – The Nightmare Before Christmas – 4.00pm
Friday 5th November – 6.00pm
You are warmly invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust.
The meeting is open to all of our partners, funders, staff, volunteers and to the wider community who are welcome to come along and find out more about the Trust and it’s achievements over the past year.
Friday 5th December – 6.00pm-9.00pm
Why not come and join us for an evening of festive fun where you will find a variety of items; including jewellery, cakes, sweets, crafts and much more on offer. With festive music from Local Choirs to sing along to, this event is the perfect way to get in to the Christmas spirit.
Saturday 13th December – 10.00am – 2.00pm
All good children deserve a gift from Santa Claus. Why not come along to see Santa and tell him why you deserve a present this Christmas.
Entry: £2.50 (includes a gift)
Our Community Theatre Group is bringing Snow White to the Linskill Centre in pantomime this Christmas. Join the team for a fantastic festive family event on Snow White’s 16th birthday. Rumour has it that Snow White is to be the most beautiful girl in all the land and her stepmother doesn’t like it!
Overwhelmed with jealousy, the wicked Queen turns to her loyal subjects. She orders them to take Snow White deep into the forest and kill her. However, from the moment these two chosen subjects lay eyes on the young Princess, nothing goes to plan… What will become of poor Snow White? You will have to come along to find out.
Wednesday 17th December – 7.00pm
Thursday 18th December – 7.00pm
Saturday 20th December – 2.00pm
Sunday 21st December – 2.00pm
Entry: £4.00 per person. Tickets available from Linskill Reception - 0191 257 8000
We will be closing our doors for Christmas on Tuesday 23rd December 2014 at 9.00pm and reopening in the New Year on Monday 5th January 2015 at 7.30am.
From all the staff and volunteers here at The Linskill Centre, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Notice of the Annual General Meeting of:
The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust
This is notice that the AGM for the members of the above named company will be held at the following address:
Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY
In room BL1.
Friday 5th December 2014 at 6.00pm
The date of this notice is 3rd November 2014
This meeting is open to all of our partners, funders, staff and volunteers and to the wider community who are welcome to come along and find out more about the Trust and its achievements in 2013-14.
The formal AGM will be followed by a Christmas Crafts and Carols Night in the Large Hall this takes place from 6.30pm onwards. This is a free event and we have over 20 stall holders with a variety of Christmas gifts for sale and entertainment from choirs and bands singing Christmas carols.
Valuing, capturing and conserving Linskill’s history and the community’s relationship with the school.
To those of you who filled in questionnaires, who kindly donated school photos and school certificates, and who shared memories of Linskill School with us, to those who offered letters of support towards our Heritage Lottery Fund application and others that helped shape our final submission – a big THANK YOU! Because it worked, and we got the money! All £46,000 of it!
As a reminder about the project, Linskill Life will take place over the coming year with the aim of researching and drawing together a history of the school, from its opening in 1932 to its closure in 1984. To achieve this we are inviting anyone (either as past “Linka’s” or others that may be interested in giving time to the project) to get involved with helping with research, with capturing oral histories from past pupils or ex-school staff, and with helping digitally archive the school’s history to be shared with others both during and at the end of the project.
Linskill Life will regularly present what we learn about the Linskill’s history over the coming months via The Centre’s website, via FaceBook and Twitter, through the local press and in displays of research within the Centre. To find out how you can contribute your photos and memories to theproject, and/or how you can get involved in the helping with the research, then either come along to Linskill Life’s drop-in launch at the Linskill Centre on:
Friday 3rd October (between 12 – 6pm) and Saturday 4th October (between 10 – 4pm).
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