Letters To Santa

Letters to Santa

Linskill Life. Our school, our community, our history

linskilllifeValuing, 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).

Or, get in touch with Janice Irving via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or tel: 0191 2578000 Ext 4270 or call into Room R4 at Linskill.

View our project postcard now: click here and read more about the project in the Journal's article.

Job Vacancy: Catering Assistant

Job Vacancy

Catering Assistant - 16 Hours

Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust (LNTCDT) have a vacancy for a Catering Assistant in our busy Community Cafe from its premises at the Linskill Centre, North Shields. The role involves high levels of customer service accompanying a strong community focused approach.

The successful applicant must have experience and knowledge of working in a similar role and possess good communication skills.

Experience of food preparation, basic IT skills and communicating effectively, is also essential for this role. The working pattern of this role is to include a Saturday shift and either 2 half days or 1 full day from Monday to Friday.

The post is 16 hours per week, £7.00 per hour (£13,468 per annum, pro rata) plus overtime when required.

All job offers with LNTCDT are conditional on satisfactory DBS check, references and a probationary period of three months.

The closing date for this vacancy is Friday 17th October 2014 at 5pm and interviews will be held on 21st and 22nd October 2014.

For more information and an application pack please contact Michelle Gascoigne, General Manager on 0191 257 8000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Halloween Movie Club

The ever popular Linskill Movie Club returns during the October school holidays with a selection of family friendly spooky movies! For more info please call 0191 257 8000

Linskill Halloween Movies 2014

Linskill Halloween Party 2014

Tickets are £5.00 - Admission for 1 adult and 1 child.

Linskill Halloween 2014














Wedding Open Day

Sunday 12th October we are holding a Wedding Open Day at the Linskill Centre! Free entry and all are welcome.

It's the perfect opportunity to view the venue and see what Wedding Day options we can offer you for your big day. If you have any queries please call 0191 257 8000

Please click here for more information on our Wedding options.

                          Wedding Open Day Linskill Centre

WW1 Memorial Garden Opens

The Tynemouth World War One Project have opened a memorial garden within the Linskill Centre. The garden will be used to remember the local men who were killed in action during WW1, whose homes are no longer standing and cannot therefore have a blue remembrance plaque attached. A memorial wall will list all of the fallen, street by street.

The official opening was presided over by Sir Nigel Sherlock KCVO– Lord Lieutenant Of Tyne and Wear on Sunday 3rd August. WW1 Garden 2014

A special thank you goes to Tynemouth World War One project volunteers and Tynemouth Coast Explorer Scouts who have worked tirelessly over a number of months and transformed an overgrown, unused space in to a pleasant garden for service users and visitors of the Centre to access.

Meeting the cost of manufacturing and installing plaques, boards, the memorial wall and provision for ongoing garden maintenance is estimated at £10,000. The project has already received generous donations of over £1,600 from a number of private donors.

To see a selection of photographs of the opening ceremony please follow http://tinyurl.com/pycdsha

Donations can be made in person at the project workroom (B9) Linskill Centre, North Shields or the TWW1 Project shop at 35 Front Street, Tynemouth and Essell accountants offices, 29 Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1AR to which donations by cheque (payable to Tynemouth WW1 Commemoration Project) may be sent or online at www.tynemouthworldwarone.org

Follow the link below to see more information on Death at Dawn - A Soldiers Tale. Written by Peter Mortimer and Directed by Jackie Fielding.


Linskill Secures Grant for Defibrillator

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.

Linskill Let's Dance

LINSKILL LET'S DANCE – Couples Dancing

Tuesdays from 7.00pm - £4.00 per class.

*We have a great space at the Linskill Centre with a good floor. We run our dancing in 5 week blocks which cost £20.00 per block. During August we are focusing on Social Jive and Foxtrot.

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

*Social dancing is ageless and everyone is welcome, this is partner dancing so encourage that friend or partner to have a go. It’s amazingly easy and great exercise.

*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 www.linskill.org/whats-on or call us on 0191 257 8000