Our aims are:
- to conserve, enhance and develop the green spaces of the former Summerhill Bowling Club for the sustainable benefit and enjoyment of our local community and visitors to the area;
- to achieve a shared vision for the site through consultation with our local community, and to create a mixed-use site which reflects the needs and wishes of residents;
- to ensure all sectors of our community have access to, and can enjoy, all the open spaces;
- to increase engagement, participation and cohesion across our diverse community by improving and enhancing the facilities at the former Summerhill Bowling Club;
- to develop the clubhouse into a welcoming community facility, and as a source of income to support annual overheads;
- to work with Newcastle City Council to develop additional facilities for Summerhill Park, and to help create a family-friendly, safe neighbourhood park;
- to achieve this vision with the support of a democratically elected Board, responsible for the financial management and governance of the Friends, and through the efforts of volunteer Working Groups.
Directors / Trustees
- Carla Walker Farmer
- Caroline Gant
- Tom Woolley
- Neil Canavan
- Dr. Dow Smith (Chair)
- Rebecca Eves
- Deirdre Pearson
- Phil Hodes
- Tim Peel
Caroline has lived in Summerhill Square for 13 years and was Chair of the Friends of Summerhill from its formation until 2012. Previously (from the early 1970s) she worked in arts management, including fundraising and marketing for the BBC Proms, London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Museums.
Tom and his family have lived in Summerhill since 2015 but has been involved in the work of the Bowling Club since 2013 when he and his wife celebrated their marriage there. Tom has a background working for professional associations and the third sector but for a number of years now he has been developing his career with the civil service working on marine management, work related to his education at Newcastle University. Tom enjoys cinema and outdoor pursuits including walking and cycling.
Neil Canavan as lived in the area since 1988 and became involved with the Friends of Summerhill from its inception in 2010.
He’s a freelance sculptor working mainly on public and private commissions and has a passion for cricket, being a member of Durham CCC.
Dow lives in Summerhill Square, and much appreciates the strong local sense of community. He has been the chair for about 6 years, and will soon be handing over the reins.
He’s recently retired as a GP; and hopes to soon have finished restoring his house – it’s taken 38 years of work so far… He’s now trying to improve his musical skills.
Rebecca doesn’t live in Summerhill but she greatly appreciates the green, community space it provides so close to the city centre. She has been on the board for almost three years, and although she’ll soon be relinquishing her seat, she’ll still be volunteering and visiting. A TEFL teacher, Rebecca sings in a contemporary vocal group and writes in her spare time. She also has a weakness for books and films.
Deirdre Pearson joined the board of Friends of Summerhill in September 2014. She has worked in the charitable sector since 2004 mainly as a Finance Director. Her current role is Chief Executive of Talbot House Trust, a SEMH special school and children’s residential home in Walbottle, Newcastle upon Tyne. She lives in Fenham with her labradoodle, Kitty and her cat Flo. She likes walking and reading in any spare time she gets.
- Hugh Stolliday
Hugh Stolliday is a local resident and has been involved in the Friends of Summerhill since it started in 2010. He has a background in museums and cultural marketing. He loves working at Summerhill and wants to make it the best place to live and work in the city. A father of 4, he doesn’t have much spare time for hobbies but he does enjoy reading, gardening and cooking.
- Sam Shotton
- Paul Usherwood
- Maysie Sharp
- Barbara Usherwood/Caroline Gant
Bookings, Reservations, General Contacts
- Hugh Stolliday