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August 2015 

Open Day 

Level 1 Countryside Skills and Level 2 Animal Care Open Day at Bill Quay Farm Wednesday 26th August from 10am-12pm. For more information on the course visit  College Courses


July 2015 

​Bill Quay Farm is at Breaking Point. The Farm urgently needs donations to keep going. Help save the farm by donating as a one off or monthly:​

Donate with JustGiving 
Set up a direct debit with JustGiving 

By signing up monthly  you and your family will receive exclusive invites to events and become a Friend of the farm! For more information visit Friends of the Farm

​​​Click to read the  Press Release

​​Job Vacancy - Operations & Development Manager

We are looking for an exceptional Manager to lead the charity through the next stage of our journey. Our new Manager will be ambitious and motivated to work with a small team to grow the Association's work. Providing effective leadership, the Manager will lead and co-ordinate all organisational and development activity in order to build a long term sustainable organisation and work closely with the Board of Trustees.

 Circa £30k depending on qualifications and experience

Closing date for applications: Monday 1st June, 5pm.

For further information contact Jenny Wood at


May Day 2015
​Our annual May day event this year was a great success, thanks to everyone for coming along and joining in. 
Special congratulations to all those award winning dogs and handlers in our Dog Show!

Arson, May 2015
​We are sad to confirm that we were in the news this week for some sad reasons. We had an arson attack at the weekend, you can read all about it in the Chronicle, here.​​
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Make Art Happen
​We're very excited to be working with Helix Arts on a new community arts project called Make Art Happen. You may already have been surveyed if you live nearby, and we will soon be looking for participants. Watch this space! 


Studying Full Time at Bill Quay Farm

Would you like to study full time at Bill Quay Farm?  We are currently enrolling for the following full time courses which start in September 2015.

Level 1 Diploma in Countryside Skills

Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

For more information about these courses, please contact one of our Education and Training Officers, Kelly Anderson 

AGM 2014
On Monday 24th November at 6pm, Bill Quay Community Farm Association will be holding their 2014 AGM. The AGM will be held in the cafe at Bill Quay Community Farm and will include a presentation of the charity's annual report and a chance to talk to staff and trustees. Members of the public are welcome and are asked to email if they wish to attend. This is to ensure the venue size is suitable for the meeting.
Please Vote For Us
Hey there farm friends! It's not very often we call on your help but this is one of those times... and all you have to do is click a button!

Every year across the UK, Keep Britain Tidy assesses thousands of green spaces to find out if they are worthy of winning the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Award. Yet again this year, Bill Quay Farm was one of only two green spaces in Gateshead to win this cov...eted award - the other being Saltwell Park. Out of all of the 1,482 award winners nationally, there will be a People's Choice Award taking place throughout September.

Members of the public are given the chance throughout September 2014 to vote online for their favourite Green Flag Award winning green space, and the top ten is published in October 2014.Being in the top ten would help Bill Quay Farm with much-needed publicity to help generate a sustainable future for this charity-run, free-to-visit farm.

Please, please, please follow the link below and click on the 'Vote for this Site' button.

Being in the top ten would mean so much to us! Thank you very much


Donation Opportunity

A message from our CEO, Craig Bankhead...

Hi everyone,
Back in the day, when I was a much fitter, much younger and a far less squishy version of my current self, I ran the Great North Run in three consecutive years (2007-2009). My time was never ground-breaking but, nonetheless, I'm still here to tell the tale.

So, you can imagine that ...when somebody suggested last October that I run it again in 2014, I said "Why aye! Nee bother."

Sadly, it turns out that 2009 was 5 years ago and my fitness levels are now more 'bleak' than 'peak'. Couple that with the fact that I was only reminded that I signed up to do the race when my race number landed on the doormat about a month ago.

Since then though, I have sacrificed the daily box of Maltesers and have actually been out on some training runs (I know!).

Anyway, I am running the GNR to raise funds for Bill Quay Community Farm Association (a charity I work for) so that we can develop a stinky old, second-hand portakabin into a swish learning space for our students. The whole project will cost around £8,000 but I'm hoping to raise £500 to pay for a new roof.

The work undertaken by the charity and its amazing staff team is all about enriching the lives of the local community by providing wellbeing, education and leisure opportunities for all ages.

So, please, please, please give what you can to help us develop our farm into the fantastic learning environment it clearly has the potential to be, by donating what you can. I know that some people will be able to donate £20 or more and that some people will only be able to donate 2 or 3 quid, but it all adds up and your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your support


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Social Media - it's the way forward

We aim to update our news page as regularly as possible, but having a wonderful staff team that already works to full capacity doing farmy things means that it's difficult to find the time. This is why we rely largely on social media to get our updates and news  across. It's much easier to take a picture of a pig on one of our phones and put it on Facebook than it is to update the website content. So - if you want daily updates on what's going on at the farm, please follow (or like, or whatever it is...) us on Facebook and Twitter for more information than you will ever need. Rumour has it that we're going to diversify into the world of Instagram soon, too...

Click here to follow us on Facebook, or here to follow us on Twitter


#42 ways with Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro has launched a new digitally-driven summer campaign in a bid to increase awareness of places to visit around the region using the Metro system.

The '#42Ways' campaign, which refers to the number of days in a typical six-week school holiday, aims to make families and visitors to the North East more aware of where Metro's public transport system can take them, and the many attractions which can be enjoyed across Tyne and Wear. Read more here... 42 ways Campaign FINAL 170714.docx


Studying Full Time at Bill Quay Farm

Would you like to study full time at Bill Quay Farm?  We are currently enrolling for the following full time courses which commence in September 2014.

Level 1 Diploma in Countryside Skills

Level 2 Diploma in Animal Care

For more information about these courses, please contact our Education and Training Officer, Kelly Anderson - 


Bill Quay Farm Hallowe'en Spook-tacular​ and Halloweek

There are creepy goings on at Bill Quay Farm this October Half Term. All week you can take part in creepy crafts, our super-spooky pumpkin hunt and have your face painted.  Also, on 31st October between 6pm and 8pm, we have our annual Hallowe'en Spook-tacular. It's free to come along but some of the activities carry a small charge to cover costs. See this link for more details BILL QUAY FARM HALLOWEEN poster.jpg


Charity night in aid of Bill Quay Community Farm

On Thursday 19th September at 8pm, Tyne View Social Club in Pelaw will be hosting an evening with footballing legends, John Anderson and Gary Bennett. The BBC Newcastle pundits will be answering your questions and telling stories from behind-the-scenes at the north east’s biggest clubs.
Advance tickets cost £5 (or £7 on the door), and are only available from Bill Quay Farm Café (open 10.30 - 16.30 every day). All proceeds go to Bill Quay Farm

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Study Animal Care at Bill Quay Community Farm

From the end of September 2013, Houghall College will be running its Level 2 Dimploma in Animal Care at Bill Quay Community Farm. The course is open to all age groups and is full time condensed over two days per week.


For more info, click here - EDC Bill Quay A5 2pp Flyer 17-7-13.pdf