Linskill Trust helps write the next chapter in the life of Tynemouth Station Book Fairs

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Besides their regular markets, Tynemouth Station has hosted regular book fairs for almost 30 years. With four dedicated events per annum, Tynemouth Station Book Fairs have been a regular fixture in the Station’s calendar and now the greatly-missed Tynemouth Station Book Fair returns in April after two years of Covid cancellations. These hugely popular fairs are the only independent book fairs in the Tyne and Wear area. Now, Linskill Trust has stepped up to provide resources and support to ensure that the events will continue to run for many more years.

The Trust will oversee the running of the fairs by supporting a group of volunteers and a freelance worker. The management of the costs associated with running the fair will be handled by the Trust’s experienced team at the Linskill Centre.

Art exhibitions on the station bridge are assured of a bright future too. Funded by the surplus created by the book fairs, the Bridge Gallery exhibits works created by local schools, community groups and individual artists. The works are mounted and curated by North Tyneside Art Studio, based at the Linskill Centre.

The combination of the fairs, the art and community links at the station has provided valuable support to residents of North Tyneside for many years. The original Flea Markets of the 1970s had a small number of bookstalls nestled amongst stallholders offering a range of household goods. Following a one-off large scale book fair in the early 90s, local book dealers expressed an interest in expanding the number of bookstalls at the market. This led to the Friends of Tynemouth Station beginning their regular series of book fairs, held on the West Concourse, that continues to this day.

The help from Linskill’s Trust will help sustain the fairs and the art gallery for the enjoyment and benefit of the whole community.

Best-selling North-east crime writer (and now also Friend of the Book Fair) Ann Cleeves OBE is its most prominent supporter. She says, ‘I’m delighted that Tynemouth Station Book Fair will return this year, as a celebration of reading in all its forms. A must-visit for collectors, sellers and all book-lovers. Please come along and show your support.’ “

This year’s fairs will take place on 24th April, 19th June, 21st August and 16th October. Booksellers can apply now to secure their stalls via email on, telephone on 07758 330219. For more information visit /

New lease of life for old garage at Linskill

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The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust has been awarded a £140k grant from NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group to convert an existing garage into a Men’s Community Shed, supported with a rolling programme over two years to encourage health-vulnerable, older men into creative, practical and social activities at the Linskill Centre.

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Langley Room – our new community space at Linskill

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A £50,000 funding boost from Ecclesiastical Insurance has helped the Trust achieve its aims of creating a new social space at the Linskill Centre. In 2020, the Trust was one of ten charities selected out of more than 1,000 entries to be awarded a £50,000 boost as part of Ecclesiastical’s annual Movement for Good awards which gives £1million to charities. Entitled Project Langley the proposal was to transform an old IT Suite into a social serviced space to meet the needs of its community.

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Activate Physiotherapy moves into the Linskill Centre

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The Trust is delighted to welcome Activate Physiotherapy into the Linskill Centre in North Shields, as they hope to capitalise on the current demand for physiotherapy services in the local area. The larger premises at Linskill provides the team of experienced therapists with access to increased treatment space, dedicated gym area and room to utilise a range of diagnostic tools for gait scanning and biomechanical assessment.

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New wall mural for Linskill Nursery

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A local painter is working in Linskill Nursey to create a wall mural that reflects its nature-inspired curriculum, sense of community and an appreciation of the the environment.

Only a couple of days in and the mural is starting to take shape and when finished it will provide an educational and uplifting start and close of the day for the children, parents, carers and staff.

New eco-friendly uniforms for Linskill Nursery

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A big thank you to White Knight Maintenance Limited for sponsoring the new eco-friendly uniforms for Linskill Nursery. In keeping with our nature-inspired nursery the new shirts are sage green with our new Linskill Nursery, North Shields logo proudly displayed. The nursery team love their new uniforms and the parents, carers and children have all commented on how smart they look.

For more information on Linskill Nursey email, visit or call 0191 270 4243 to book a look around.

Cafe 32 is open

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Today saw another step completed in the Trust’s recovery roadmap with Cafe 32 opening its doors today to the community of North Tyneside. It was great to see the return of familiar faces as tenants, volunteers and class participants took the opportunity to have a coffee and a chat or indeed stay for lunch. There were also a lot of new visitors today as more and more classes and groups start to return to Linskill – a positive start to the week.

Cafe 32 – Opening Soon

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Exciting news as after many months of being closed and undergoing a refurbishment, Cafe 32 will open its doors on Monday 17th May!

With a new logo and decor you will be able to see the changes for yourself, receive a free treat with every coffee ordered (until Friday 21st May) and a warm welcome from the team at Cafe 32.

Opening hours will be Monday to Friday from 8am – 4pm (no hot food orders after 3pm).

Look forward to seeing you soon!

Just Married at Linskill

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Last weekend and with just three weeks notice the team at Linskill helped turn a local couple’s wedding reception plans into a reality. In accordance with restrictions a marquee was located within the grounds of Trevelyan Hall and dressed for the occasion. A select group of family and friends celebrated safely with the Bride and Groom, making it a day to remember.

Our team are happy to help and can be contacted on 0191 257 8000, email or visit our website

Dr Bike is back at Linskill and Battle Hill

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Thanks to Cycling UK’s Big Bike Revival programme Dr Bike will be delivering ‘clinics’ in May across Linskill and Battle Hill centres, using the services of Velotech mechanics and just in time for the nicer weather. After a comprehensive check, Dr Bike will complete minor repairs to ensure the cycle is safe and roadworthy.
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 (PSI),
• Other – Check all nuts and bolts are correctly torqued; Check headset and bottom bracket; Check and replace missing bar plugs / cable end caps.
*To be Covid-secure spaces are limited and booking is essential – please click on the link for the date and site you wish to book:


Saturday 1st May – Battle Hill

Tuesday 4th May – Linskill Centre

Saturday 8th May – Linskill Centre

Tuesday 11th May – Battle Hill

Wednesday 19th May – Linskill Centre

Thursday 27th May – Battle Hill

Happy cycling!