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 Trust, and through the efforts of volunteer Working Groups.



The Board

Directors / Trustees

    • Caroline Gant

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.

    • Neil Canavan

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.

    • Dr. Dow Smith

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.

  • Tim Peel
  • Ian Campbell
  • Jasper Singh chair
  • Laurence Jacobs
  • Amy Appleton
  • Dr Phil Hodes


    • Maysie Sharp

Maysie Sharp is a local resident, and the lead for all our gardening and outside spaces. She’s acting as manager temporarily, from December 2019.


  • Sam Shotton

Lead Contacts

Wildlife Garden

  • Paul Usherwood


  • Maysie Sharp


  • Barbara Usherwood

Bookings, Reservations, General Contacts

  • Maysie Sharp