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Linskill Community Development Team Community Grapevine Newsletter – 25 July 2021

Unfortunately we aren’t dancing on the beach with a cocktail or two but we will be having a little break over the next few weeks, so this will be our last newsletter until 22nd August.

We still have activities running throughout August though, including Tai Chi, Creative Writing, Bike Rides and the Film Club.  You can also book onto some of our September activities now – just follow the booking links below.

Have a super summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!

We’ve had a change of plan for tomorrow’s Art Appreciation talk on Monday 26th July.  We are now meeting online via ZOOM – same time, same fabulous topic and same warm welcome!

If you can join us please come along for Stuart Barlow’s talk showing how art played a role in the life of the North Shields born, 19th Century architect, John Dobson.

Art Appreciation – John Dobson


If last month’s murder mystery wasn’t for you then try the next film on Wednesday 4th August at 1pm. The Windermere Children, staring Iain Glen and Tim McInnerny, telling the “harrowing and ultimately life-affirming story of Holocaust children who were relocated and rehabilitated in the UK after World War II”

Tickets are FREE but places are limited so booking is essential please.

The Windermere Children Tickets


Jennifer from Take pART is back to teach you to crochet!  This is a really popular mindful craft that will have you hooked in no time!  All materials are provided for you to learn the basic stitches you need to make your own flowers, squares and bunting! 

This is a 5 week course starting on Wednesday 22nd September 10.30am to 12.30pm.  The cost is £20 and includes all materials – just bring your own scissors and we’ll get you started!

Places are limited to 6 so hurry and book now.

Beginners Crochet


KEEP SEWING – Beginners Workshop £25
Hands up who watched the Sewing Bee?  Do you have a sewing machine at home and don’t know how to get started?

Starting on Tuesday 14th September for three weeks from 1.30pm to 3.30pm with Kim Suleman from Six Penny Memories come and learn how to thread your machine, make your own patchwork block and use your machine with confidence.

Book early as spaces are limited.  Cost includes a resource pack of threads and fabric.  Just bring your sewing machine with you.

Get to know your sewing machine



Did you know we are now a Cycling UK Community Cycling Club? We have three rides going out throughout August with destinations to be confirmed.

  • 10th August 
  • 18th August 
  • 24th August 

If you would like to be the first to know about our rides then join our Linskill Riders mailing list.

Linskill Riders Mailing List Registration


Are you feeling nervous about restrictions being lifted, following the Government’s latest announcements?

Join us on Thursday 9th September at 10.30am for an online workshop with the British Red Cross where you can speak openly about how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on you, positively or negatively, and learn skills to help you and others adapt to returning to normality.

Image thanks to Flickr User GoToVan (CC BY 2.0)

Adapt and recover from adversity workshop


The numbers are in and we did it! Well done to everyone who joined our active summer challenge. We covered an amazing 2585.25 miles! 

Well done to everyone involved and thank you for taking part!

Have a lovely summer!

Janice, Charly, Alex and Lucy 
Your Community Development Team 

Ooo! Don’t forget the Scribblers’ Creative Writing Group are still meeting during August – bring your latest stories and poems along.

Join Scribblers here


Opportunities from our friends…

12th Man is a FREE 12-week healthy lifestyle programme, exclusively for men aged between 18-65 with a BMI over 28 and who are a resident of North Tyneside.

Programmes are taking place at various locations from August onwards where you will learn about health and wellbeing, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress, anger, behaviour change and coping strategies.  You will also get the opportunity to take part in a variety of physical activity sessions led by qualified personal trainers and health experts.

Register your interest below.

12th Man Registration


Refresh Our North Tyneside Plan – Consultation details
North Tyneside Council would like you to help shape the Elected Mayor and Cabinet’s refreshed vision for the borough – aimed at building a better North Tyneside.  Follow the link to the council’s questionnaire to have your say.

North Tyneside Plan Questionnaire