Annual General Meeting 2020

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NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD AT LINSKILL CENTRE ON 19 JUNE 2020 AT 10.30am

Due to the ongoing situation with the coronavirus and the need to maintain social distancing, we have considered recent guidance from Companies House and the Charity Commission concerning AGMs and other necessary meetings. In addition, we have given due attention to the relevant clauses and rules set out in our governing document. As a result, our AGM this year will operate in a different way and members are invited to participate in our Annual General Meeting this year by completing proxy forms which have been sent out in the post.

Linskill is temporarily closed

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In line with the latest government instruction it is with sadness the Trust is announcing the temporary closure of the Linskill Centre, Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre and the Royal Quays Community Centre. We have endeavoured to keep the doors open for as long as possible to serve our community, but the health and safety of our people and guests is paramount. It is now time to close the doors, to reduce the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

As a Trust we will work with local and regional partners to support those most vulnerable within our community over the coming weeks and will share the details of these as soon as possible. Linskill Nursery will remain open to care for children of Key Workers.

The Trust would like to thank all staff, customers and our community for their ongoing support. When the time is right, we look forward to welcoming you back.

Book Fair Postponed

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As a result of the coronavirus outbreak and the challenging times being faced, the Trust has taken the decision to postpone the Linskill Book Fair until later in the year.

Please note that book donations are no longer being accepted at the Linskill Centre.

However, the Trust would like to thank all those who have donated books to date and be assured they will be stored.

We Need Your Books

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World Book Day saw the launch of our appeal for the donation of books to support this year’s Linskill Book Fair and help raise funds for the Linskill Centre.

This year’s Book Fair is going to be bigger and better and we need lots and lots of books. For the first time this volunteer run event year will be held over four days from Thursday 14th – Sunday 17th May, including two late evening sessions, providing more opportunity for people to access the Book Fair.
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Office Space to let at Royal Quays

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Looking for office space in the North Tyneside area? The Trust has office space (44 sqm) available at the Royal Quays Community Centre, including external space and a shared reception area. Recently redecorated the office space is available immediately and location wise it is ideal for North Shields, Tyne Tunnel, A19 and accessing Newcastle city centre.

For more information on the office space click here or to arrange a visit please call Paul on 07984 302525 or email

New community programme launched at Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre

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Despite the gale force winds and freezing temperatures there was a great turnout for the launch of a new community programme at the Battle Hill Multi-Use Centre.

The Open Day featured free taster sessions of art, crafts, heritage, cookery and information sharing throughout the day, demonstrating the range of activities that will be available for adults and the older community at the centre. It was also an opportunity for members of the local community to offer ideas and suggestions for future provision and find out how they might get involved.

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Christmas Raffle Prize Winners

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The Christmas Raffle was drawn at midday and all winners have been notified – the winning ticket numbers are below.

Once again thank you to all those who bought tickets and the companies listed below who kindly donated prizes all contributing to raise funds for the Linskill Centre and its community activities.

Barbour Foundation, mha Tait Walker, Newcastle Building Society, Pumphreys, Lakes Distillery, High Street Hospitality, Not Just Travel, Konnectifi, Ride Electric, Morrisons, Synthesis IT, Vamonos, Remembering The Past, JGS Consulting,  Aromatherapy with Sheila Clark and the World War One Commemoration Project.

Cafe 32 launches its Festive Menu

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Cafe 32 launched its Festive Menu today in the build up to Christmas. Lots of seasonal delights and favourites available including gingerbread lattes, mince pies, turkey sandwiches and the very popular brie,bacon & cranberry paninis.  Open Monday to Saturday and the Festive Menu is available until the 23rd December.

Linskill is supporting Changing Lives

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This year the Trust is supporting Changing Lives, a charity who deliver services in North Tyneside to people who are at points of homelessness, those rough sleeping, homeless in hospital, living in unsupported B&B’s and hostels and those fleeing abuse. Changing Lives aim to get people to safe, secure accommodation and support them to engage in services in the community, build aspirations and recover from trauma – visit www.changing-lives.org.uk to find out more about their work.The Trust is collecting donations of items in new or good condition and unwrapped to be issued as Christmas presents. Suitable items for donation include:

• Gloves,Hats/Scarves/Underwear /Socks/T-shirts/Jumpers
• Wallets/ Purses/ Handbags/Costume Jewellery/Keyrings
• Toiletries/Towels/Flannels
• Sweets/Biscuits/Crisps/Nuts/Crackers
• Books/Puzzle Books/Diaries/Pens/Paper

A donation box has been placed in reception and all gifts will be gratefully received to help people through this challenging time of the year.