Defibrillator at Linskill

We would like to thank The British Heart Foundation for helping us secure a Defibrillator for the Linskill Centre. Linskill Defibrillator

This is a life saving piece of equipment, we hope we never need to use it but its good to know that we have it at our disposal.

Staff training will commence in the next few weeks. If you have any queries please contact Reception.

Free Taster Session

Tuesday July 29th 7.00pm - 8.30pm (Free 90 min session)


Ballroom and Latin for Absolute Beginners. We're we turn two left feet into dancing feet!

*Would you like to join our fun lessons so you can show off your dance skills at weddings, parties at the local club dance night or on the deck of a cruise ship sailing off to foreign lands?

*Bring long your partner and learn how a few simple steps turn into fantastic variations that you can use, dancing a fabulous foxtrot or saucy jive?

*This is not competetice dancing, it is about dancing for enjoyment and making new friends along the way to go dancing with. The only judge will be yourself, and we will make every effort to help you get it right and look good.

*To ensure we have a progressive learning experience, we restrict places so book early!

For more info please call Maureen on 0191 257 8612

Linskill Summer Fair

The Linskill Centre’s Annual Summer Fair will be taking place on Saturday 19th July from 11am-3pm with a range of fun filled activities for all the family throughout the day! Linskill Summer Fair 2014

Activities include creative participation workshops from House of Objects - makers of innovative creations using reclaimed, reusable and recycled materials, and for those interested in learning some magic tricks we have 2 x 45 minute workshops with a real member of the magic circle! Workshops are aimed at children and young people but open to all!

A large sea-side cut out designed by North Tyneside Art Studio will be on display for visitors to paint and take some fun photographs alongside, and a bouncy castle, face painting area, and our usual wide range of gift and craft stalls will be open to browse throughout the day. We will also be joined by information stalls including Friends of the Earth, Weight Watchers, and The Business Factory who will be offering advice to local people considering starting their own businesses.

A stage area will see acts from local musicians who will perform throughout the day and a brief Zumba class will also take place for those who wish to participate. 

Linskill gardens will be open for those looking to escape the busier areas and visitors can enjoy some giant garden games such as giant Jenga, Skittles and Connect 4.


A map will be available on entry so visitors can work their way around the fair and even colour it in as they go!

 The Linskill Summer Fair will take place at the Linskill Centre on Saturday 19th July from 11am-3pm. Entry is free for all although some activities may have a small fee.

For more information please visit or call us on 0191 257 8000

Jelly Bean Room

Linskill Nursery is happy to announce that the long awaited Jelly Bean room is now open to children. This room has been specially designed to cater for pre-school children and will be an essential addition to the already successful nursery department. Linskill Nursery Logo North Shields

The children in this room will benefit from free flow play and structured activities promoting literacy numeracy and physical health.

General Manager, Michelle Gascoigne stated “This new room is a welcome addition to the Nursery and has enabled staff the opportunity to focus on more age related child activities and group work, which provides children with firm foundations before entering the formal education system. The children can grow in confidence have new and exciting experiences”.

The Nursery is holding an Open Day on the 19th July, please feel free to pop in and meet staff and visit the new room and existing nursery set up. Please bring the children along too as there will be activities and refreshments for them to enjoy.

For more information about Linskill Nursery please contact the nursery on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 0191 2704243.

Council Commendation Awards

Congratulations to Lynda Hedgecock and Sheila Clark who were both awarded with the Council Commendation Awards for their voluntary fundraising work at Linskill Centre on 26th June at North Tyneside Council's Headquarters at the Colbalt Business Park. LinskillAwards2014

Lynda and Sheila have volunteered with the Centre's Events and Fundraising team over the past three years and have successfully raised over £30,000 towards projects within Linskill included double glazing in the main hall, refurbishment of the dance studio and the installation of an audio / visual system in the large hall.

They have both also supported all the community events at the centre such as our Easter, summer and Christmas fairs and are currently preparing for the Stress Awareness Day to be held at the Centre on 14th July.

Thank you Lynda and Sheila for all of your support!

Nursery Parent Meetings

The Nursery will be holding two parents meetings to enable parents / carers the opportunity to meet with their child's key worker, discuss their child's development and view their child's development files.  

Appointments will be allocated on a first come first served basis and dates are as follows:

Jelly Babies  6.30pm to 9.00pm on Monday 2nd June
Jelly Tots  10.00am to 12.00pm on Saturday 7th June

Please call 0191 257 8000

Thank you

Our House - The Madness Musical

Our House the Musical! Our House poster Compressed

Following 4 years of astounding sell out shows, Linskill Community Theatre brings Madness to North Shields with their summer show Our House the Musical!

A pacey and hilarious tale of life and love, passion and heartbreak, right and wrong, Our House is an irresistibly brilliant musical bursting with non-stop classic hits from Madness. Our House is a musical featuring the greatest hits of the 80s pop band as well as featuring two all new songs written by Madness.

Our House centers on a teenager living in North London to the backdrop of Madness’ hit songs. Written by Tim Firth (Calendar Girls) it’s a modern-day morality story…or rather two morality stories following young Joe Casey, his girlfriend Sarah and the night Joe commits a petty crime to impress her. After the crime, Our House follows the two courses Joe’s life would have taken had he bunked the law and made a run for it or stayed to face the music.

A young cast of 30 play a host of comedy characters who are intertwined into Joe’s life – both on the good path and bad all set to 20 iconic tunes of Madness, including It Must Be Love, House of Fun, My Girl, Baggy Trousers and Our House alongside two new songs – NW5 and Simple Equation – which Madness wrote especially for the musical.

Our House is sponsored by Wade Financial who jumped at the chance to support the local community theatre group having seen the success of their past shows.

This fresh and upbeat production of Our House promises to be more spectacular than ever before…It’s a simple equation: put on your baggy trousers and join us for this love story with drama, energy and lots of laughs, all for just £4.00 a ticket.

Our House will be performed at The Linskill Centre, North Shields.

June 20th and 21st at 7.30 pm
June 21st and 22nd at 12.30pm

Tickets available from The Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 2AY Tel: 0191 257 8000

Stress Awareness For Everyone

Stress Awareness Linskill

Heritage Project Update

Linskill has a history of inspiring, motivating and educating our community, spanning some 80+ years - from its time as a High School dating back to the early 30’s, to its existence today as a focus of community activity. LinskillVariousPics

Over the past few weeks we have been encouraging people to fill in questionnaires and tell us about their history with Linskill - both as a school and as a community facility. The purpose of this has been to help us understand the level of interest there would be in developing a Linskill Heritage Project, that will recognise and celebrate Linskill’s history and the community’s association with the school.

The response to this has been really positive – with many past pupils, Centre users and local people contributing memories, school certificates, photographs and ideas for the project. Whilst there was a closing date of 5th March on the questionnaires – we’re still keen to hear from anyone with a Linskill history. So – it’s not too late to fill one in. Collect one either from Reception or download from

Information gathered to date is helping inform a Heritage Lottery Fund application which, if successful (so, its fingers crossed!), will enable us to run a year-long programme of community learning and research activities, information sharing and celebratory events.

If you wish to know more about the project, then please contact myself, Janice Irving via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can ring me on 07969917119. I am presently contracted to progress Linskill’s heritage project by the LNTCDT and would be happy to hear from you.

Questionnaires can be collected from Reception, or can be downloaded here. Please return these to The Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields, NE30 2AY by Wednesday 5th March 2014.

Thanks for your help!

Healthy Walks

Walk More …
…Feel the difference!

Linskill Healthy Walks CIC, a health walk group based at the centre, have been ‘walking’ for over five years now and in that time more than 300 people have taken part, in walks that are designed to help sedentary people to take up walking as an exercise. HealthyWalks2014

We now have regular walks on three days a week: Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings meeting at Linskill and Monday afternoon’s meeting at the Forum in Wallsend.

Our health walks are as defined by the national organising body, ‘Walking for Health’ — less than 90 minutes walking, mostly flat on good surfaces and at a pace that suits everyone but ‘favours’ the slower walker. Not ’hikes’ - Not ‘rambles’ — more for those who are ‘not-so-fit’, aiming to get a ‘little-bit-fitter’! We like to finish the walk with refreshments in a cafe somewhere so we can have a chat over tea/coffee. Most of our walkers just come to meet others and walk and talk! And why not! It’s FREE and it’s FUN!

We don’t charge for taking part but we do ask you to fill in and sign, a health-screening form before setting off. You don’t have to book on any walk — just turn up! You don’t have to be regular — just walk with us when you feel up to it!
On the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month we have walks that are longer, usually ‘around’ six miles and a wee bit more challenging - but not hikes or rambles! We do intend these to be health walks and aim to have a walk that suits the less-than-fit but encourages them to ‘push’ that bit more and improve their fitness. These walks are usually in the countryside, mostly old waggon ways and woodland trails - sometimes muddy! Good walking shoes are required for these and a packed lunch is advised.

We have two coach trips a year – Summer and Winter – a full day out, to have a break from ‘the usual’ walking scenery! This year for example the Summer trip is to Skipton – with a lovely five mile walk along the tow-path of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal! The Winter trip will be to Keswick – with a five walk along the old railway line from Threlkeld into Keswick. Fitting rewards for walking through the year!

Details of all our walks are available in the reception area at the centre and in local libraries. We also have a web page on ‘Walking for Health’s website ( and our email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Phone Andy (07442 175 283) Jim (07954 965 164) Pete (07908 600 385) or Sandra (07852 923 573) for further information.