Celebrate the arrival of Summer at our Fun Day

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Join in the summer fun at Linskill on Saturday 20th July from 11am-3pm with lots of family activities both indoors and outdoors.

11am     Summer Fun Day Opens

  • Children’s outdoor rides (car park)
  • Displays  (car park)
  • Tombola and Raffle Stall (reception)
  • Face Painting (outdoor garden)
  • BBQ (outdoor garden)
  • Pimms Bar (Bar 32 )
  • Children’s Play Zone (Trevelyan Hall)
  • Under 5’s Play Zone (Burnett Hall)
  • Popcorn and Candy Floss

2pm    Free children’s magic show with Mr Merlin (Trevelyan Hall)

3pm    Summer Fun Day closes

*All funds raised from the Summer Fun Day are reinvested into the Linskill Centre and its community activities

*Some activities will incur an additional fee to cover costs and the children’s play zones will be wristband entry only with unlimited play for an entrance fee.

Big Bike Revival – unlock the joy of cycling at Linskill

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Big Bike Revival – few things in life are better than a cycle ride, whether it’s to visit friends, a daily commute or a trip into the countryside – but it can be hard to get started. Around 42% of people in the UK own bikes but don’t ever use them – maybe  because the bike has a flat tyre and no idea how to repair it, maybe lacking in confidence or the the skills and knowledge to ride safely. The Big Bike Revival is all about overcoming those little barriers and to help you feel more confident about cycling. The programme is entering its fifth year with events across the country providing free cycle checks, servicing, cycle maintenance workshops, cycle training and accompanied rides.

At Linskill we are working with WatBike to organise a series of free and fun activities throughout July to encourage beginners and those returning to cycling to get on their bike,  learn basics and go out on short led rides around the local area to build confidence and meet other like minded people.

Big Bike Revival activities – bikes available to use or bring your own bike 

Thursday 4th July              10am-12noon    Back in the Saddle (bike basics, check bike set up and skills test)

Thursday 11th July             1-3pm                  *Heritage Trail (led-bike ride around local places of interest, 6-10 miles)

Thursday 18th July            6-8pm                 *Coastal Cycle (led-bike ride up the coast, 10-15 miles)

Thursday 25th July            10am-12noon    Bike Clinic (bike check and maintenance workshop)

All activities are free – suitable for new cyclists and those returning to cycling

Bring your own bike along fro the guided bike rides (WatBike will have a few bikes available for activities).

*Cyclists on led-bike rides must be over 12 years of age

To reserve a place email sandra@linskill.org (please indicate which activity or activities you wish to attend) or simply turn up on the day at the designated time.

Celebrating our Volunteers

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It’s National Volunteers Week (1-7 June) and all week we are sharing stories to celebrate our volunteers, projects and the benefits for individuals and our community – if you are interested in volunteering at Linskill, Royal Quays or Battle Hill email janice@linskill.org to find out more.

June, Volunteer from North Shields (click the image to read her story)

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Linskill Book Fair 2019 – simply the best ever!

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The Linskill Book Fair 2019 was simply the best ever for lots of reasons: the support from our community with donated books was phenomenal, the project involved the largest number of volunteers to date and the attendance figures were the highest ever . . . . more importantly the proceeds from the book sales over the three days totalled an amazing £6,246! It was an amazing community effort from start to finish with a lot of hard work and endeavour from our team of fabulous volunteers.

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Google Digital Garage Bus is coming to Linskill

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Linskill is very excited to be partnering up with the Google Digital Garage Bus tour – providing opportunities for anyone to come and learn how to harness the power of the internet to grow their business, learn more about the internet, or develop new vocational skills. The Google Digital Garage Bus will next stop at Linskill on Thursday 13th June from 9am to 4pm.

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Directors required for Linskill Board

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Directors required for Charity Board – we are looking for motivated and committed volunteers to join our existing Board to strengthen the support to the senior management team, in realising our charitable objectives, strategic priorities and gaining financial means to deliver the work that we are passionate about.

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Children’s Writing Competition

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This year’s Linskill Book Fair will incorporate a children’s writing competition for 7-11 year olds with certificates for all entries and prizes to be won. Organised by the Scribblers, a creative writing group at Linskill, children are requested to submit their seaside adventure stories for consideration – see below for how to enter.

  • Topic: seaside adventures (200 words maximum)
  • Age: 7-11 years
  • Entries: can be typed or handwritten and emailed to charlotte@linskill.org or entries can be printed off and brought into the Book Fair during the event weekend (remember to put your name, age and contact details on your entry).
  • Ten entries will be shortlisted and included in the next Scribblers book (publication set for Autumn).
  • Three overall winners will be selected and receive a prize.
  • Please note all entrants will receive a certificate.
  • Closing date: Monday 20th May at 5pm.

Any queries or for more information please email charlotte@linskill.org

Linskill Book Fair – thousands of books up for grabs!

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This year the ever popular Linskill Book Fair will run from Friday 17th May until Sunday 19th May, providing plenty of opportunity to pop down and buy some books. Our team of volunteers have worked tirelessly to collect and collate the thousands of donated books into genres, hopefully to make it easier for visitors to find what they are looking for.

This year there will be a new ‘Treasures Section’ featuring a number of identified collectable books, which will be on sale at prices reflecting their researched value.

Also new to the Book Fair this year will be a sensory free hour from 10-11am on the Sunday morning.

On Saturday 18th May there will be storytelling sessions with Chris Bostock: a session at 11am for under 8 years and a session at 1pm for over 8 years (entry fee £2.50).

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Easter Fair – Saturday 20th April

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The Easter Fair will open from 11am to 3pm on Saturday at the Linskill Centre with a programme of activities for families to join in with and have fun:

  • *Easter Egg Hunt – solve the clues and win a prize (all day)
  • Craft and gift stalls (all day)
  • Signed Sing Along performance from Deaf Awareness:NE (12 noon)
  • Free magic show with Mr Merlin (1pm)

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Book Fair – recognise a photograph?

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Every year when our volunteers start checking and collating books for the Book Fair, they inevitably find a range of photographs that have been inserted into the pages of books, possibly used as bookmarks or put there for safe-keeping and then forgotten about. Our volunteer team are keen to return these photographs to their rightful owners as they appreciate many photographs reflect key moments in time and may hold fond memories for their owners or family members.

Using the power of social media we are hoping the photos in this gallery will be recognised – so if any of the above images belong to you please email claireh@linskill.org.