05 Jan

Linskill’s Community Grapevine – 5 January 2024

We start by sharing some wonderful news! Two of our Cycling Volunteers, Bill Goldsmith and Dave Henderson, have been awarded a Spirit of North Tyneside Award for their contribution to keeping the borough Safe and Secure.

As well as helping with our cycling programme through Dr Bikes and led rides, they have also been supporting the charity Welcome to the UK-North Tyneside, who work with refugees and asylum seekers. Since March, Bill and Dave have donated over 50 fully serviced bikes and contributed to the chairties fundraising efforts.

Bill attended the presentation at the Council Chambers in December (unfortunately Dave was unable to attend) along with Lucy Fenwick from our Community Programme team.


CONNECT- Art Appreciation 
The Art Appreciation group are delighted to welcome Christopher Tipple for his talk on Goya: Painting the soul of Spain. 

Please book using the link below.

engAGE is funded for people aged 55+

Art Appreciation – Goya


TAKE NOTICE – Film Club 
Daredevil archaeologist Indiana Jones races against time to retrieve a legendary dial that can change the course of history. Accompanied by his goddaughter, he soon finds himself squaring off against Jürgen Voller, a former Nazi who works for NASA.

engAGE is funded for people aged 55+

engAGE Film Club


KEEP LEARNING – Craft with Amy 
Quilling is the art of paper rolling and this month volunteer Amy will show you how simple and effective this craft can be. Everything is provided for this session, for you to create a valentines themed hanging display using a vinyl record!

Paper Quilling


Is one of your New Year resolutions to get back on your bike? Then we can help, thanks to funding from Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival programme. 

These events are designed to inspire a change in cycling behaviour for the target audience of people who do not currently cycle regularly (once every two weeks or less). 

Big Bike Revival – Returners Ride 

We will be taking this ride at a gentle pace and will cover roughly 6 miles but this will depend on the weather and how the group is feeling on the day. A small, social group with full support from the ride leader team, this is the perfect ride to ease you back into the saddle. 

Returners Ride

Big Bike Revival – Dr Bike, Linskill 
Dr Bike is back for the New Year. Whether it’s a New Year resolution to get the bike out of the garage or a new bike from Santa which needs a check, our mechanics are happy to help.  

All servicing is free and delivered by Velotech trained bike mechanics. 

On the day you can expect:

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 – Linskill

Big Bike Revival – Bike Fit with Velo28

Suffer from sore wrists, back or knees when riding for a long time? Want to be in the most efficient riding position? Then this session is for you!

Join Mark from Velo28 who will guide you through a mini bike fit. Small adjustments like raising your saddle height can make a real difference to your comfort on the bike.

This is a free, 30 minute session made possible through funding from Cycling UK.

On the day you will need to bring your bike with you. The session will take place indoors.

Bike Fit


From our friends…

A winter programme of three classic concerts with musicians who have performed nationally and internationally is to take place at the Old Low Light Heritage Centre on North Shields Fish Quay.
Supported by the Mouth of the Tyne Festival Collective, the concerts during January and February 2024, will offer a varied repertoire ranging from popular favourites from the modern era to baroque pieces.
In hosting the concerts, the heritage centre has once again worked with Whitley Bay couple, David and Jennifer Murray, renowned, professional musicians and teachers who are passionate about providing opportunities for local people to hear top class classic music in their local community. The concerts will take place as follows:
Friday 19 January at 7.30pm – Sarah Paterson, harp and Jeremy Harbottle, cello
A very varied programme, mixing classical repertoire with more popular favourites from the modern era. Tickets £15pp.
Friday 2 February at 7.30pm – John Treherne MBE, harpsichord, and Gordon Dixon, cello
Baroque pieces featuring cello and harpsichord duos, but also leaving room for some solo harpsichord items. Tickets £15pp.

Friday 9 February at 7.30pm – violinist Bradley Creswick, accompanied on the piano by David Murray
Baroque and classical repertoire, ending with Bradley’s now famous virtuosic Hungarian encores. Tickets £15pp.
Places for each of the events can be booked online at: https://oldlowlight.co.uk/whats-on/