21 Aug

Linskill’s Community Grapevine – 18 August 2023

Did you dance with us on Saturday night at our first summer ceilidh? We had an excellent evening, thanks for your support, our volunteers and Nathan Armstrong’s Ceilidh Band.

What’s next – motown, rock ‘n’ roll or a silent disco? Let us know what you fancy!


KEEP ACTIVE – Pilates with Fritha 
Limited Availability 

Join Fritha for this 7 week course running from Friday 8th September to Friday 20th October, 11:30 – 12:30 at the Linskill Centre.

Pilates builds strength and resilience in the entire body, improves your flexibility, coordination and balance. It is suitable for most, however if you have a long term injury or health condition please speak to Fritha prior to the course starting.

There will be a £35 charge for the 7 week block. 
Booking is essential.

Pilates with Fritha


Thanks to your support for our craft sale last month we are delighted to be able to add in more monthly craft sessions. 

Needle felting has been very popular so if you haven’t tried it yet or would like another turn please join us on Friday 8th September at 10am – details are in the booking form below.

Try your hand at wet felting on Monday 18th September at 1.30pm to make a necklace, perfect for yourself or a gift! All details are in the booking form below.

What’s coming up?
  • October workshops are Bondaweb Birds and Fabric covered notebooks.
  • November workshops are Book folded hedgehogs and a craft wreath
  • December workshops are Book folded Christmas tree and craft party!

Needle Felting Workshop – 8th September

Wet Felting Workshop – 18th September

TAKE NOTICE – Scribblers Book Launch
The Scribblers creative writing group was one of the first engAGE groups to get off the ground back in 2017 and here they are with the launch of their 5th book entitled ‘Scribblers Let Loose’. 

The group are putting on a smashing afternoon with guest poet Elaine Cusack, Colin Cave’s mechanical music boxes and of course a selection of short stories and poetry read by members of the group.  

Everyone is welcome – please book using the link below.

Scribblers Book Launch


A guided heritage walk with Newcastle City Guide Keiran-Ann Keilty.

Meeting in Tynemouth, explore the area’s railway heritage exploring the current station and it’s older counterpart. The walk will end at Northumberland Park.

**Please note this trip involves a lot of standing, please make sure you wear comfortable shoes and are able to walk at a slow pace for approximately 1 mile.

There is a charge of £4 per person for this walk, which is payable in advance.

All aboard to Tynemouth


KEEP LEARNING – Patchwork & Quilting 

Join us for the first in a series of patchwork gift workshops with Kim Suleman. In the September session you will be making a 16 inch cushion cover using festive fabric. As long as you can use your sewing machine this workshop is perfect for you!

All the details are in the booking form below.

KEEP ACTIVE – Social Ride Returning Cyclists 

Starting at the Linskill Centre we will enjoy a short ride using a mix of traffic free paths and suitable, quiet roads.

This is an returning cyclist and will be going at a slower speed. The ride will be supported by a full ride leader team to help with mechanicals, junctions and will be able to offer tips/support throughout the ride. This is a no drop ride, no one will be left behind.

The exact route will be confirmed nearer the time, but it will be no further than 8 miles. Not sure if this is for you? Email community.development@linskill.org for more information and a chat.

Social Ride

KEEP ACTIVE – Dr Bike, Battle Hill 
All servicing is free and delivered by Velotech trained bike mechanics.

After a comprehensive ‘M-Check’ has been completed minor repairs to ensure a cycle is safe and roadworthy will be carried out.

A typical Dr Bike health check may include some of the following cycle replacements and checks:

• Brakes – Calliper and cable adjustment, cable, and pad replacement,

• Gears – Indexing, adjustment, and cable replacement,

• Chain – Check for wear, lubricate if necessary,

• Tyres – Puncture repair/tube replacement, inflated to recommended pressure,

• Other – Check all nuts and bolts are correctly torqued; Check headset and bottom bracket; Check and replace missing bar plugs / cable end caps.

Dr Bike – 7th September – Battle Hill

KEEP ACTIVE – Basic Bike Skills
Taking place in a completely traffic free environment this session aims to improve your confidence on the bike. The session will improve your steering, turning, signalling, starting and stopping in a fun, practical way and is aimed at those who haven’t ridden for a while or are feeling a little wobbly.

Numbers will be limited and the session will be ran by Cycling UK trained volunteers.

You will need your own bike to take part and a helmet is recommended. Not sure it’s for you? Email community.development@linskill.org for more information and to have a chat.

Basic Bike Skills


Our Woollies Knit & Natter group will be hosting their next sale on 21st September in Linskill Reception.

Just quickly the Community Development team will be quiet over the next few weeks as Charly and David are on holiday. Lucy will be working her part time hours as normal. If you have any urgent queries during this time, please email community.development@linskill.org 

See you soon 
Charly, Lucy and David
Your Community Development Team


From our friends…

North Tyneside Council is calling on residents to be part of history by helping to name a vibrant new public square in North Shields. For more information and to vote please follow the link below. 

Vote to name new town square


Summer Arts Trail


Workshop – making bird feeders with willow
A bird feeder willow weaving workshop will take place at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre, North Shields Fish Quay on Friday 29 September 2023 from 10.30am to 2.30pm.
Places at £30pp (plus small booking fee) can be booked at https://oldlowlight.co.uk/event/making-bird-feeders-with-willow/
This will be led by expert willow weaver, Lorraine Griffiths, who is secretary of the Northumbrian Basketry Group. Materials and tools will be provided, and participants should be able to make two different styles of willow bird feeder each during the session.
The Old Low Light café is open from 10am to 3pm and offers hot and cold drinks, toasties, paninis, scones, cakes and other snacks.


Mouths of the Tyne is North Shields’ very own Community Choir, led by local musician Bridie Jackson. We sing a range of acapella songs from a variety of genres and enjoy regular performance opportunities around the North East. First and foremost we sing for the joy of it, and are a welcoming and friendly community; no auditions and beginners welcome. We meet weekly during term time,  starting back on Tuesday 12th of September, 7.30pm at Baptist Church, Howard Street , North Shields, United Kingdom. For further enquiries, contact Andrea at mouthsofthetyne@hotmail.com