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 www.linskill.org.

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

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…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 (www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/north-east/linskill-healthy-walks) 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.

Linskill e-Newsletter

March 2014 saw the launch of the First Edition of the Linskill e-Newsletter and so far it has reached over 500 readers! The e-Newsletter will be produced every month, however we will still be sending the bi-monthly printed edition so you won’t miss a thing. LinskilleNewsletter

Packed with great articles to keep you up to date with all of the latest news and stories from The Linskill Centre, it’s a must read for the local community.

Each month there will be different aspects of the Centre featured so every class, course and activity will get a mention. We will also focus on the larger annual events that are held at the Centre such as the Summer Fair, Easter Family Fun Day and the Book Fair to name a few.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like to include something in a future edition.

If you haven’t seen it yet please follow the link below to take a look and subscribe!

http://tinyurl.com/qzy9ksm

Linskill Book Fair 2014

The Linskill Book Fair 2014!

The Linskill Centre will be hosting its annual Book Fair on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st May 2014.

Not only is it the biggest charity book fair in the North East, but also the biggest fundraising event of the year for LinskillBookFair2014.LNTCDT, raising around £4,000 from sales of books which are all priced at £1 and 50p.

Since February 2014, volunteers have been working their way through thousands of books, the majority of which have been donated by the general public over the past year.

Kathleen Benson, a book fair volunteer working at the centre said: “We’ve been sorting the books into categories for over a month now, and have found some real gems!”

“We’ve had an overwhelming response throughout the year from people donating their unwanted books, I love coming to the centre and finding out what’s arrived that day - we just never know! It’s really exciting to sort through boxes full of new donations which we haven’t seen before and it’s great that our visitors can browse through a completely brand new selection of books each year.”

David Gray, another book volunteer at Linskill says: “It’s easy to get lost in a book from time to time and start talking about what we’ve found, or reading through the books together!”

Attracting bookworms and dealers from all over the North East, some of whom arrive as early as 7am to get the first places in the queue, the book fair is a great day out for people of all ages and interests and continues to go from strength to strength each year.

Most of the books are a real bargain at the £1 or 50p at which they are sold, but that’s part of the beauty of a fair like this, and one of the reasons people return year after year - to see what treasures they can find!

‘The Linskill Book Fair 2014 takes place on 30th and 31st May 2014 from 9am – 5pm at the Linskill Centre in North Shields’

For more information or to make a donation of books (no matter how big or small!) please call 0191 257 8000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Linskill – our school, our community, our history

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Linskill – our school, our community, our history.

We are planning to draw together and celebrate the history of Linskill - and we need your help!
Over the coming weeks we are undertaking preliminary research into the history of Linskill – both as a school and as a community facility, towards submitting an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to enable us to create a year-long project that will recognize and celebrate Linskill’s history through a series of learning, social gatherings and information sharing events.

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.

It is the aim of the project to draw on research already undertaken by various groups and individuals over the years. and to build on this by unearthing further the wealth of information, memories and anecdotes still held in our community of the Schools past, as well as recognize The Linskill Centre’s own history within the building.

Through this project, we would like to recognise our community’s involvement with Linskill, and celebrate this.
It would be appreciated if you would help us in this process by completing a questionnaire, which will enable us to gauge the level of interest and support for the project.

We are keen to hear from the “Linskill-wide” community – from ex-pupils and teachers, to past centre users and community activists who saved the Linskill in the 80’s, through to present staff, volunteers, service users and clients of Linskill.

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.

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 07969 917 119. I am presently contracted to progress Linskill’s heritage project by the LNTCDT and would be happy to hear from you.

Thanks for your help!

Make It To The Moon Workshop

On 20th February, The Linskill Centre will be running MAKE IT TO THE MOON – a make and take, drop-in style workshop aimed at children and families looking for something fun, creative and informative this February half term. 

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Following a successful run at the London Science Museum, this creative and educational workshop led by artist and ESERO-UK Space Ambassador Helen Schell, gives children and families a greater understanding of the Moon and life in space. It is ideal for children aged 5-11, who will create their very own moon diaries, manuals and logbooks using fun art and craft techniques such as collage, drawing and stickers.

Helen Schell has developed several STEM education events including workshops for the London Science Museum and the British Science Festival, IOP, Arts Catalyst, and Festival of the North East. She is a Space Ambassador for ESERO-UK (education wing of the European Space Agency) and was a judge for the NASA Humans in Space Art Competition in 2013.

Tickets cost £4 and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets include entry for one child and one adult only.

For more information please visit www.linskill.org/whats-on or call us on 0191 270 8000

Valentine's Day Raffle

 
Linskill Raffle WineglassMake it a Valentines Day to remember and support your much loved Community Centre by participating in our raffle, just 50p per ticket which will be drawn on February 14th.
 
We have two bespoke hand painted wine glasses which have been kindly donated by Art of Glass (situated in the Linskill Centre).
Two small bottles of wine, one pack of love heart tea lights and one pack of After Eight mints.
 
Tickets available in Linskill Reception.
 
All proceeds will go towards The Linskill Centre.

   

 

Dance Studio renovation

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The refurbishment project in the Dance Studio is now complete! 

There have been some fantastic events over the past 12 months that have been aimed at fundraising specifically for the Dance Studio, the Summer Fair, Charity Auction Night and the Book Fair to name a few.

As you can see the studio is looking great with new floor to ceiling mirrors, ceiling down lights, the parquet flooring is back to its original quality and there is even a built in sound system to get people up and moving during their classes!

We would like to thank you all for attending the events and helping us to achieve our annual target of £10,000

 

 

Sneak peek at Peter Pan Panto

The opening night of the annual Linskill Pantomime is almost upon us so we thought we would give a sneak preview of some of the cast...

Tickets are on sale for the following performances priced at £4.00:

For more info please call 0191 257 8000

Thursday December 19th - 7.00pm
Friday December 20th - 7.00pm
Saturday December 21st - 5.30pm
 
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