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PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
To access Northumberland County Council's Public Right of Way Map, which shows the rights of way in our parish and in our county, please click on the map below.


 
A VERY SPECIAL TREE


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.
 
A PROUD BASE INDEED!

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.
 

VERY FASHIONABLE
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!)
 
ST OSWALD'S WAY




St. Oswald’s Way is a long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of Northumberland.  The route runs through the centre of our parish.

To find out more, please click on the button below.


 

USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS

We have put together a list of some local, useful and interesting websites.

Whether you want to contact your MP, see what's on at the Playhouse, receive help from the local Citizens Advice Bureau, view job vacancies, or simply browse some good sites, a couple of clicks may get you there.

 
 
PARISH NEWS IN 2014



From a road closure to a weddings exhibition to a prison riot.... see what parish stories made the news in 2014.






 
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CRIBS IN CHURCH 2014



On 13th and 14th December there was an exhibition
of nativity cribs in St John's Church, Acklington.

 
 


 
To see more pictures from the event, please click on the figure of Joseph below.
   


SCARECROW TRAIL
 







 

To view photographs of all the exhibits from 2014's scarecrow
trail (and to find out the winning entries) please click on the
camera opposite.

  

 
NEW MAN AT THE HELM

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 27th January 2015



One of Northumberland’s most exclusive venues has a new general manager.

Mike Chambers (pictured above) has been appointed as general manager of Guyzance Hall.

He will lead a team of staff to ensure that every event is run to specific requirements.

Duties can include arranging a personal chef to cook fish caught after a day’s sport with the local gillie, arranging a helicopter to pick up delegates from Newcastle Airport or organising the perfect country wedding.



Set in its own 350-acre estate, Guyzance Hall is a 19th century Grade II-listed residence and a highly sought after wedding and events venue.

Available on an exclusive use basis, the emphasis is very much on ensuring that guests feel that they are staying at their very own country mansion.

Mike, a customer service specialist who spent 20 years with British Airways as steward in charge of first class, said: “Having come from Newcastle, but spent a lifetime travelling where the opportunities have been, I’m pleased to come back to the North East, and this new challenge at Guyzance.

“Here, the focus is on offering the very highest quality and level of customer care and I am looking forward to working with the team to ensure that every guest who stays here has a visit that meets if not exceeds their expectations.”

Mike, who lives at Newton on the Moor, joins Guyzance Hall from Northumbria Coast and Country Cottages Ltd where, for the last four years, he was deputy director. He also owned and ran a country pub in Yorkshire and has experience in the Intercontinental Hotel in London’s Park Lane.



Guyzance Hall is the sister venue to Eshott Hall, near Morpeth, and Doxford Hall, near Alnwick. Also part of the group are Dalhousie Castle and Ednam House.
 

MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE "GUYZANCE 10"

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 17th January 2015

A moving tribute was paid today to 10 teenage soldiers killed in a wartime training exercise.

The Army recruits died on the River Coquet, near Guyzance, when their boat was swept over a weir and capsized on 17th January 1945.



The bodies of the young men, eight of whom were serving with the Durham Light Infantry and two with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, were found downriver in the following days and months. The last was not recovered until May 28.



Veterans and villagers gathered today to commemorate the tragedy on its 70th anniversary.

Among them were Corporal Bernard Crewther, who lives in Rothbury, and Sergeant Burnett Seyburn, who were stationed at Felton with the group.



Mr Crewther said at the service: “We were called out at night to go down the rive looking for bodies. It’s something I won’t forget. They were all lads that I knew.”

At the time, the troops were ordered not to talk about the tragedy.

Mr Seyburn said: “We were sworn under oath never to mention this under threat of court martial.”

Local historian Vera Vaggs (pictured below) discovered that the deaths had been reported in a newspapaer at the time. She helped to arrange the placing of a memorial at the site in 1995.



She said today: “It’s nice to think that they are not forgotten and we now have what is a very moving and very appropriate stone memorial here.”

Sandra Bell, whose uncle Alfred Yates was one of the men who died, and her daughter Charlotte were also at the service.



The Rev Kenneth Crawford, chaplain to the Durham Light Infantry, led the proceedings.
Wreaths were laid by the DLI Association, parish councillors and members of the community.

The above pictures were taken by press photographer Jane Coltman.  To see the video, please click on the button below.

 

MP URGES ACTION OVER HMP NORTHUMBERLAND GOVERNOR'S DEPARTURE TO PREVENT "HUGE PROBLEMS"

The following article was published on 9th January 2015 by ChronicleLive

Sodexo has confirmed HMP Northumberland director Matt Spencer will be leave the jail but said the move is unrelated to an upcoming inspection.


HMP Northumberland at Acklington, Northumberland

The governor of the North East’s only private prison is set to quit - amid warnings of ‘huge problems’ brewing at the jail.

Matt Spencer, director of HMP Northumberland, has confirmed he will leave his post early this year.

A new governor is due to be appointed just weeks before an inspection report on the prison is published.

Mr Spencer joined the jail when it was HMP Acklington oversaw the merger of HMPs Castington and Acklington, to create HMP Northumberland in 2011.

He was at the helm when Sodexo took over the running of the prison in December 2013.

  


After a turbulent 12 months it was confirmed Mr Spencer, who joined the prison service as an officer, will move to HMP Forest Bank, in Manchester, this year.

Ian Lavery MP for Ashington, where the jail is based, said he hoped Sodexo would take action at the jail to prevent a ‘catastrophe’ after substantial staffing cuts which saw numbers fall from 441 in 2010 to 270 in 2013.

He said: “I’m sure Matt Spencer was dealt a really bad hand as when Sodexo took over the prison they made one third of the staff, mostly officers, redundant.

“His hands have been tied and there have been problems in the prison system.

“Hopefully we will not see what could happen, if things continue, and some sort of huge problem developing at the prison.”

 

Mr Spencer is due to be replaced by Tony Simpson, a former deputy director at HMP Addiewell, in West Lothian, which opened in 2008, for the past year he has been on secondment at HMP Northumberland.

        
 
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