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GUYZANCE BRIDGE

Guyzance Bridge has been chosen as the main logo for the parish website as it epitomises the very strengths and qualities this website is aiming to achieve.

The bridge.....

* is at the heart of our parish;
 
* links the northern and southern areas of our parish which are divided by the River Coquet;
 
* aids communication between the two villages n our parish - Acklington and Guyzance;
 
* is strong, reliable, stylish and supportive;
 
* is used frequently and serves our parish well.

We hope, given time, that this website will be regarded as having qualities to match those of Guyzance Bridge.

Above all, we will strive to ensure that Acklington Parish Website always serves our community well.


ACKLINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

Acklington Parish Council
has its own webpage
where you can see who
our councillors are.

 You can also, if you wish, ask a question, make a
point or raise a subject for discussion at a Parish Council meeting.

Just click on the APC Link below for more information.



Y
ou can also read the minutes of the latest parish council meeting by clicking on the box below.
 
 

APC MINUTES

 

ACKLINGTON VILLAGE HALL



The Village Hall is available for hire seven days a week for fund-raising events, private hire, social events, etc.  The fee is £8 per hour.
 

GUYZANCE ROOM
OFFICIALLY OPENED

Eddie Critchlow (Chairman of Acklington Village Hall Committee) watches on as our County Councillor Mr Jeff Watson opens the new extension to the village hall on Saturday 29th June 2013.  This impressive new build has been Christened "The Guyzance Room".
 

Further information about village hall bookings or fundraising can be obtained from Alison Sharpe on
01670 761451

THE RAILWAY INN

The Railway Inn is our only pub in the parish.  It has been newly refurbished and is serving the parish well.  We are very happy to recommend the inn and to help promote its events.



FOOD is served from:
12-2pm  6-9pm  Mon to Fri
         All Day      Sat & Sun
Serving home cooked food by owner chef....
...using local produce.

Children eat free
from the children's menu, Monday to Friday, 5.00pm - 6.30pm, with every paying adult.

REAL CHIPS, REAL ALE,
AND A REAL FIRE

REGULAR EVENTS INCLUDE:


 NORTHUMBRIAN MUSIC NIGHTS -
3rd Monday of each month from 8.00pm 

   QUIZ NIGHTS -
every Tuesday at 9.00pm
   
   STEAK NIGHTS
- every Wednesday from £20 per
   couple - including glass of house wine

   CURRY NIGHT - every Thursday.... £9.95 only, and this includes a free drink.
 

DID YOU KNOW?



Did you know this tree (situated in the NE corner of the playing field at Acklington First School) is very special? Not only is it a rare Black Poplar, believed to be the most northerly in the British Isles, but it is more than likely the oldest thing living in our parish.

Black Poplars can grow up to one hundred feet tall and appear in many of Constable's paintings, including the Hay Wain.

The Black Poplar is one of Britain's rarest native trees and it is also one of the most endangered. Without active conservation the Black Poplars could soon become extinct in this country.
 


Did you know the RAF Station at Acklington played a major part in the history of our parish and indeed the history of the country?





The first enemy aircraft to crash on English soil was shot down in 1940 by pilots from RAF Acklington.

For more information press the RECENT HISTORY link button below.
 
 

RECENT HISTORY

 


Did you know we have a talented young budding photographer in the parish?



Adam Moffat certainly has an eye for a good photograph.  Below are just a few of his many shots which have been taken from the Flickr website where users have their own "photostreams" to show and share their images.







Most of all Adam likes to take pictures of farm machinery and farmers at work. 







If you wish to see even more of Adam's stunning photo's you can visit his flickr photostream by
clicking on the link below:

MORE OF ADAM'S PICS
 


Did you know more and more steam trains are passing through Acklington Station these days?



If you would like to see one then it is worth clicking on the little engine below to check out the timetables.


 


Did you know Acklington is obviously a very prestigious name in the fashion world?

Acklington has given its name to a style of men's trousers.  They are produced by the outfitters Jack Wills and cost the pricely sum of £119.00



Well... they often say you "pay for the name"
Fancy a pair?

...and just so the ladies don't feel left out, you can purchase an Acklington handbag from Radley.

Radley is one of Britain's highly recognised designer brands in leather bags.  Its flagship store is based in London at 92 Kings Road and their latest new line in handbags is called
"The Acklington Family"



Obviously the name "Acklington" suggests high quality... as do the prices!

Medium Across Body Bag - £99
Large Across Body Bag - £179
Bucket Shoulder Bag - £229

(Not kidding, honestly!)
 


Did you know we have some really talented artists who attend Acklington Art Group every Thursday morning?

If you wish to see some of their fine work then you can do so by clicking on the link below.



 

 

Welcome to
Acklington Parish Website


This website has been designed to provide a central source of information for Acklington Parish.  You can navigate the website by using the blue menu bar above
or via the sitemap at the bottom right of this page.

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WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS


A five-day forecast for the parish of Acklington
as summarised in the latest BBC weather news.

25 Oct        26 Oct        27 Oct        28 Oct       29 Oct

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

ART EXHIBITION
in Acklington Village Hall

SUNDAY 26th OCTOBER
11.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

An opportunity to view the varied and interesting artworks and crafts produced by the group, including:
THE TURNIP PRIZE EXHIBITION
A series of interesting and thought provoking art installations competing for our prestigious TURNIP Prize.

Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite and the winning artist will be presented with a
GOLDEN TURNIP.

We are hoping that The Turnip Exhibition will play a significant role in provoking debate about visual art in Acklington and will become recognised as the most prestigious art award in the village.



(We also make pretty good cakes so come along
 and make it a social occasion with your friends.)

Free Entry     Refreshments     Raffle
 



 



 



For more information click WEBSITE or BROCHURE


 
FOR MORE EVENTS.....
The parish of Acklington is always very busy with many events taking place throughout the year in venues such as the village hall, the church, the pub, the school, Guyzance Hall and elsewhere!
You can check the various 2014 events which are already being planned by going to the menu bar above and clicking on the calendar button.

Just follow the links for each month.  You will be surprised to learn how much is going on.
SCARECROW TRAIL 2014
To view photographs of all the exhibits from this year's scarecrow trail (and to find out the winning entries) please click on the camera opposite.
    
SAINT OSWALD'S WAY
St. Oswald’s Way is a long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland.  Walkers find castles, coastline, islands, scenic river valleys, hills, attractive villages, forest and farmland on the walk.

From Holy Island (Lindisfarne) in the north, St. Oswald’s Way follows the stunning Northumberland coast, before heading inland across beautiful countryside to Heavenfield and Hadrian’s Wall in the south, a distance of 97 miles (156 km).  The route links some of the places associated with St. Oswald, the King of Northumbria in the early 7th Century, who played a major part in bringing Christianity to his people.
Half way along the route walkers get to pass through our lovely Acklington Parish.  Indeed the mid-point of St Oswald's Way is believed to be that point in our parish (pictured opposite)
where Rake Lane footpath passes under the main London to Edinburgh railway line.  Walkers take note:- Rake Lane is a beautiful stretch of the walk when the weather is dry and fine but it can be extremely muddy and challenging during wet weather.
TOKENS FOR SCHOOL
SEND US YOUR PARISH PICTURES

If you have any photographs taken in our parish that you would like to see on this website, please forward them to us.  We will be happy to include them, especially any interesting or unusual shots such as the view of Acklington Village opposite.
 
WEBSITE INFORMATION

This website is maintained by members of Acklington Community Team (ACT).

The picture below shows a group of parishioners enjoying an evening website training session led by
website designer Brett Grieves.
The training took place in Acklington School and was funded by ACT.
 


Any feedback or constructive criticism of this website would be very much welcomed.  Also any contributions (news, parish information, articles, stories, photographs, etc.) which could be included on the website would also be gratefully received.

To make contact, please click on the CONTACT US
button below and you will see the various ways
in which you can get in touch.

 

Contact Us

 
 

     

There are many different
ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.

By clicking on the icons
above you can either
"like us on facebook" or "follow us on twitter"

.... or you can simply
browse this very informative and comprehensive website.

However you get your information it is so
 important to
keep up to date
with all that is going on
in this small but very
busy community.
 

IN THE NEWS THIS MONTH

VILLAGE HOSTS QUIRKY DISPLAY

The following article was published in the Northumberland Gazette on 9th October 2014


A piece of work to feature at the exhibition

A quirky take on a world-renowned and prestigious accolade will form part of Acklington Art Group’s upcoming exhibition later this month.

In a comic twist, a series of interesting and thought-provoking art installations will go on show in a bid to win the Turnip Prize – a spoof of the Turner Prize.

The eye-catching creations will be included among other pieces of work in the exhibition, which will give people the chance to view the varied and interesting crafts produced by the group.

Sylvia McClure said: “As an added interest and for a bit of fun, we have decided to hold a spoof Turner Prize exhibition, calling it The Turnip Prize.

“Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite and the winning artist will be presented with a golden turnip.

“We are hoping that The Turnip Prize exhibition will play a significant role in provoking debate about visual art in Acklington and will become recognised as the most prestigious art award in the village.

“We also make pretty good cakes so come along and make it a social occasion with your friends.”

The exhibition takes place at Acklington Village Hall, on Sunday, October 26, from 11am to 4.30pm.

Entry is free and there will also be a raffle and refreshments.

The Turner Prize, named after the painter JMW Turner, is an annual prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50.

Awarding the prize is organised by the Tate Gallery and staged at Tate Britain.

Since its beginnings in 1984 it has become the UK’s most-publicised art award.

It represents all media and notable artists to have exhibited work include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. This year’s exhibition opened at the end of September.
 

PROBATION OFFICERS FEAR VIOLENCE AT 'TINDERBOX' PRISON


The following article was published in the Newcastle Journal on August 21st 2014



A North East prison is like a "tinderbox" after the number of prison officers there was slashed, it has been claimed.

Probation workers fear visiting HMP Northumberland, near Acklington, after an officer was hospitalised by an inmate on August 9th.

NAPO Northumbria branch chairman Mike Quinn said staff cuts at the jail, run by private firm Sodexo, have led to a "violent culture"

He described the Category C jail as “like a tinderbox” and claims cash is being exchanged for prisoner assaults.

It has been revealed how staff numbers at HMP Northumberland fell from 441 to 270 from 2010 to 2013 - a drop of 39%.

Mr Quinn said: “We are becoming increasingly alarmed at reports about conditions at HMP Northumberland.

“Members report to me that the atmosphere within the prison is tense and are concerned that if an incident were to take place that there would simply not be the staff to deal with it.”

It comes as Eoin McLennan Murray, president of the Prison Governors Association, revealed Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s austerity drive is making it impossible to run a jail safely. He said this week: “We haven’t been able to recruit the numbers we need.”



Private firm Sodexo took over the running of the jail in December 2013, after HMP Acklington and HMP Castington merged two years before.

Mr Quinn added: “Worryingly, we’ve learnt that money may be changing hands between prisoners in order for assaults to be undertaken between prisoners. This will result in not only danger to prisoners, but also the staff employed at the prison.

“Prisoners are reporting to our members that they’re submitting applications to see healthcare professionals, to access education opportunities or to attend rehabilitative programmes, only to not hear back.”

The union boss accused Chris Grayling of “destroying any hopes of rehabilitation” with cuts.

He said: “Just a fortnight ago we saw a prison officer hospitalised having been attacked by a prisoner. But our concerns extend further than this, if the prison is truly to release people back into the community having learnt something from their time in prison, then Sodexo need to invest the right resources.

“For us, that’s the overriding concern. Businesses taking over organisations such as prisons, and soon the probation service, have a primary aim of making money for their shareholders.”



A Sodexo Justice Services spokesperson said: “Staffing levels for prison visits have remained unchanged since Sodexo took over the contract and the number of prisoners attending daily appointments has improved.

“We monitor incidents in the prison very closely, and there is no evidence of any change in levels of violent behaviour.

“We review staffing levels at all our prisons on a regular basis and will continue to monitor them at HMP Northumberland.”

The spokesman added: “We can confirm an employee at HMP Northumberland was injured during an incident with a prisoner on Saturday August 9.”

Sir Alan Beith, Lib Dem MP for Berwick, said: “I have raised with ministers on several occasions my concerns that the staffing levels at HMP Northumberland may not be adequate to maintain a safe prison and achieve effective resettlement, and I will continue to raise these concerns.”

Labour peer Jeremy Beecham added: “Staffing at the jail was cut by a third.

“Chris Grayling is in denial about the extent of this problem and this is reflected clearly at HMP Northumberland.

“Staffing is becoming a widespread problem. Not only in private prisons, all have taken a big hit and it is all part and parcel of an approach which ignores the reality.

“You can’t cope with the situation without adequate, trained staff.”


 

LIFEBOAT PAINTINGS PROVE A HIT FOR ACKLINGTON ARTIST

The following article was published in the Newcastle Journal on August 19th 2014

Acklington artist Charles Evans has touched a national nerve with his paintings of east coast lifeboats.

His sketch of the Hartlepool lifeboat heading for a stricken yacht led on to greater things, as journalist David Whetstone finds out.



If you work in an office or miles from the coast it is easy to forget that we are an island nation and plenty of our fellow citizens regularly find themselves in peril on the sea.

Charles Evans, who lives not far from the sea in Acklington, Northumberland, got a reminder of this with a watercolour painting of a lifeboat.

It appeared in the August edition of Culture magazine, published free every month with The Journal, and became a bit of a sensation on social media.

One painting led to another and another... and may yet lead to another as Charles responds to the widespread interest in his depictions of lifeboats and his mounting admiration for their crews of volunteers.

Beginning at the beginning, he recalls: “I was leading a painting group in Amble and the Humber and the Hartlepool lifeboats were both up on the chocks in the boatyard getting repaired.

Charles Evans with the lifeboat paintings that have caused a stirCharles Evans with the lifeboat paintings that have caused a stir
“It was quite an amazing sight. The first painting I did of the Hartlepool lifeboat was in the last Culture magazine and I found everyone was talking about it.

“On Twitter the picture got more than 500 retweets but people were also sending messages or coming up to talk about it.”

The response got Charles thinking that he would do something for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

“The thing is, we live in the North East and we’ve got sea all along one side of us.

“Many of us see it all the time and it’s easy to take it for granted. But these guys (the lifeboat crews) are out there all the time saving people’s lives... and they’re all volunteers.

“Even as I was painting the sea, I was thinking: My God, how pleased would you be, if you were in trouble, to see one of these things coming towards you?”



Charles, who spends much of his time hosting painting masterclasses around the country, says the first painting sparked plenty of comment among his masterclass pupils.

“It’s amazing how many people have come up to me and said they were rescued or picked up or towed in by the RNLI.”

Having enjoyed doing the watercolour of the lifeboat being repaired, Charles went back to do more sketches with a view to creating more dramatic paintings.

“The best thing I could do for the RNLI was to give them a painting which they can turn into a print or sell to raise money,” he says.

He has completed two paintings of the Hartlepool lifeboat in action and one showing the vessel approaching a stricken yacht is to be donated as a fund-raiser.

Charles says he has never really been a maritime painter although once, when filming a painting series for Tyne Tees, he was lowered over the North Sea on a winch by the crew of a Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer.

Charles, who used to be in the RAF, had a sketchbook strapped to one hand and a pencil tied to the other in a modern-day version of 19th Century landscape painter JMW Turner’s supposed exploit of being lashed to a mast at sea.

He says this wasn’t necessary for him to paint a stormy sea so convinvingly.

“You use your imagination, basically. As an artist you look at things differently. You know the sea and how it moves and you know the image you want to get. I can always see the picture I want in my head before I start painting.”

He is pretty pleased with the way the paintings have turned out. He might even do another to benefit the Amble lifeboat crew.



You can see another of Charles’s paintings in the September edition of Culture, free in The Journal on August 26. You can find more of his work online at www.charlesevansart.com
 
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