28 Jan

Linskill’s Community Programme What’s On – 19 January 2024

It’s a bumper edition this week as we have loads going on and so do our friends, so let’s jump right in! 

Starting with our latest Scribblers short story written by Carolyn Gillis.

Hogmanay by Carolyn Gillis

*Extra date added due to demand* 

If you have an overlocker tucked away, too scared to use it, or are interested in what they can do, join Kim who will demystify these fabulous machines. This workshop is suitable for beginners, who are new to overlocking and you will leave more confident to have a go at home with a written handout as an aide memoire.

Get to know Overlocker

Get started on this lovely meditative craft with Jennifer. Rather than diving into the traditional granny square, you will be making a small desktop storage basket.

If you already crochet but would like some more practice then this session is for you too.

Learn to Crochet

TAKE NOTICE – Heritage Talk 
Join Keiran-Ann for a trip down memory lane, a walk up the High Street and visit Wallsend in the 1950 & 60s to see the changes of post war Britain. Industry was booming along with the birth rate. Houses were being built and slums demolished. With more money in your pocket a good time could be had in the “Mem” or the “Miners” at the weekend, or maybe a visit to the Lyric was more your thing. So Bryl Cream your hair, or put on your glad rags and reminisce about the good old days.

Keiran-Ann is secretary of the Wallsend History Society, if you would like to find out more about their extensive talks programme please visit the website here

Wallsend Heritage Talk


CONNECT- Art Appreciation 
Iconoclasm is the intentional desecration or destruction of works of art. Join Professor Richard Clay, from Newcastle University, and the Art Appreciation group as they explore this fascinating topic.

Please book using the link below.

engAGE is funded for people aged 55+

Art Appreciation – Iconoclasms

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 8 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 from Battle Hill

Big Bike Revival – Dr Bike, Battle Hill
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 – Battle Hill

Get to know your gears
Want to understand why it’s important to clean your bike’s teeth? Or where the jockeys are hiding on your bike? Then this is the session for you!

Dr Bike will explain:

  • How gears work
  • How to use them effectively when riding – including top tips
  • How to keep them working for correctly, for longer.

He will then ‘index’ (set up) your gears to make sure they are working correctly and you have a smooth ride home.

This session is suitable for electric and push bikes.

Gears 101

From our friends…

On Sunday 25th February, Buy the Kilo, based in Tynemouth, will be celebrating their 5 year anniversary by having an Environmental Event called No Time For Waste, held at Linskill Centre 10am to 4pm. 

The event aims to bring people together to share information about the environment, both locally and globally.

The event will be a fun free day for visitors, with local small environmentally conscious businesses, information stalls talking about lots of things environmental, continuous environmental craft for everyone, adult workshops, clothes swap, fix-it cafe, films, talks and much more.

Part of the day will include a community art installation of handmade bunting and everyone is welcome to get involved. The bunting needs to be made out of anything recycled and embellished however you want. The flags can be made from fabric, cardboard, paper, newspaper embellished with threads, fabric, collage, paint, pen, pencils. The worlds your oyster! 

Click the link below to print your own template at home – which is to be printed on a A4 size paper and it should fill the page.  Templates are also available to pick up from the buy-the-kilo shop. 

Take your finished bunting to the buy-the-kilo shop or Linskill Reception before 8th February.

Bunting Template

Find out more

Yoga and Sound Therapy

Creative Dance sessions for over 55s – every Monday at the Linskill Centre, in the dance studio from 12:30. Social session (alongside Movement class group) to share tea/coffee and chat, followed by 1 hour of dance and movement. Be creative, develop your performance skills and share ideas with others. Sessions cost £3.50 incl refreshments.

Falls Prevention and Movement sessions for over 55s – eve`ry Monday at The Linskill Centre, in Blanchard Room from 10:30am. 1 hour of gentle dance movement to keep you active followed by a 30 min social session, to share tea/coffee and make new friendships.

Each session costs £3.50 incl refreshments, but if cost is a barrier or you need help with transport – please get in touch as we have funding to support with that.
To book call Penella on 07930 565944 or email beeenchanted@outlook.com