09 Aug

Linskill’s Community Grapevine – 4th August 2023

Well known to many we are sad to share the news that our amazing volunteer and friend, Colin Hall, passed away recently. An active volunteer with the Linskill Riders and The Shedders from the start we will miss his humour, knowledge and patience. He was a lovely man who contributed much to our Linskill community and we will miss him greatly.


KEEP ACTIVE – Electric bike 101
Limited Spaces
Learn about how your riding style impacts on your e-bike, beneficial tips and how to maintain and fix with Cycling4Everyone.

This session is designed for those who already have an electric bike and you will need to bring it with you on the day. We won’t be going on a ride but we will be using a dedicated space to practice a few things on your bikes.

This session is part of Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival initiative.

Electric Bike 101


Limited slots left
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 – 17th August – Linskill


The Art Appreciation group usually take a well earned rest in August but this year they are off to the ‘Amble Board Waalk’.

The artworks have been created by nationally and internationally renowned artists positioned along a trail of 3.5miles. The walk will take about 2 hours over a flat terrain of grass, gravel and tarmac.

Please fill out the booking form so we have an idea of numbers.

engAGE activities are funded for people aged 55+

Board Waalk Booking Form


Air follows the history of sports marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro, and how he led Nike in its pursuit of the greatest athlete in the history of basketball, Michael Jordan.

Places are limited – please book using the link below.

engAGE activities are funded for people aged 55+

Film Club


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




We are planning on running a beginners Proggy mat workshop in the autumn but to keep costs down we are asking for donations of fabric/pre loved clothes.

Anything goes as long as it doesn’t fray – these are all perfect choices:

  • Cotton (clean shirts, bedding)
  • Felt
  • Jersey (clean T-shirts)

If you can help us out please bring donations along for Charly to reception by Friday 11th August – thank you.
* Donations do NOT need to be cut up – phew!

If you would like to find out more about the planned proggy mat session please register your interest for the session using the link below.

Express an interest – Proggy Mats


Volunteers have been busy making forget me not flowers to raise funds for Dementia research. If you fancy supporting us then you will find the collection of knitted, crocheted and needle felted flowers at Linskill reception from Monday 7th August.


Our jigsaw collection has grown and it’s time to share….please head to reception from Monday 7th August if you can give a puzzle a new home. 

Charly, Lucy and David
Your Community Development team


From our friends…



After a bumper entry from a wide cross section of the community the stage is set for a vibrant and varied exhibition this year.

We are once again being hosted by St Mary’s Church on Claremont Gardens in Whitley Bay from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th August.

The exhibition will be open Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

You are invited to enjoy the art and stories of entrants personal versions of home, in a lovely calm and welcoming space. There are refreshments on offer, as well as some art for sale and a fabulous hamper raffle to help raise funds for next years event.

Everyone welcome, including children as we have some colouring activities too.


Sarah’s Star is based at Linskill Centre and supports people living with incurable and palliative illnesses, as well as their families and NHS health professionals in the North East.

They provide a wide range of holistic therapies including meditation, massage, reiki, art, music and beauty therapy, counselling, and yoga.

More details can be found at their website and via the links below.

Launch Day Bookings



Clay Character Sculpting Workshop for all abilities.  Book using the link below.

Sculpture Sessions


Healthwatch North Tyneside want to hear your views and experiences of autism diagnosis and support in North Tyneside. What has been helpful and what can be better?
We will use your responses to inform decision makers in North Tyneside Council, NHS services and other support providers to improve services.

To get involved: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Autismsurvey/