The good fellas over at TeamDobbs have put together and launched a Newcastle Poker Forum.
I know I have a fair few local playing readers, so if you're reading this please stop by and sign up. Takes literally 30 seconds to do and will help in the first and hardest step in getting the community setup. They're putting in a lot of initial hard work, posting card room schedules and writing reviews of the casinos. If the player base is there, I'm sure it won't be long before the card room managers are members themselves and are actively promoting events by means of the forum. This can only serve to improve poker in the community and keep us all in-the-know. See you on the forums :-)