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
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.

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




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.


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 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.



3rd Monday of each month from 8.00pm 

every Tuesday at 9.00pm
- 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 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.



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:


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

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Notice is hereby given that by reason of the resignation of Councillor Lesley Craig a vacancy has occurred among the members of Acklington Parish Council.

Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply in writing to the clerk before 25th August 2014.

The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of Voters List or the applicant should during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date resided in or within three miles of the parish or the applicant’s only place of work during the whole twelve months preceding the relevant date is in the parish.

The applicant must not be debarred from standing as a Councillor.

Miss E Brown – Clerk to the Council
4 Simonside Crescent
NE65 9YB
28th July 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.

Northumberland Clubs for Young People
in conjunction with
want to give the opportunity for our young people to have their say on youth opportunities in our area.

If you are aged from 8 to 19 come along to
Acklington Village Hall on
Friday 29th August
 from 11am - 2pm

Activities are still to be finalised but can include skate ramps, football cages, arts and crafts, plus much more with trained instructors.  Refreshments will be
provided and there is no charge so please come
along ~ and be sure to bring your mates.

For more information ring Sharon on 01670 760743

Learn, Live and Love with Your Dog

An introduction to understanding, improving
and healing your dog's behaviour and wellbeing.

Friday 26th to Monday 29th September

Dr Isla Fishburn PhD, MBiolSci, BSc

Member of INTODogs and Panel Expert for The Dog Welfare Alliance

Acklington Village Hall
Acklington, Morpeth,
Northumberland. NE65 9BW

£160.00 for 3 days
£185 for 4 days as spectator,
£200 for 4 days with dog.

The course will include:

~ What a dog is, its early development and how this can predispose a dog to show certain behavioural responses.

~ How social functioning and character of a dog can determine its needs, limitations and expectations to responding to stimuli and teaching.

~ Learn how scent and diet is important in communication and why conflict can arise between dogs
through scent.

~ Understanding natural communication, what this is and how to identify the triggers of reactivity
and miscommunication between dogs and humans.

~ How to use calm energy and trust to work with your dog.

~ The importance of environment and how it can affect a dog's development, interaction, safety and

~ An introduction to natural healing and how dogs benefit from this to help improve emotional,
physical and mental performance.

~ How our own wellbeing can influence the wellbeing of a dog, what this entails and how to prevent
behavioural problems from arising.


To find out more
call Dr Isla Fishburn on 07970090687
or email her at

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.
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.

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.

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.



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


Tina Young, the Barking Mad franchisee Henry, a black Labrador .

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on August 6th 2014

A Northumberland woman who set up a home-from-home petcare service is in the running to win a national accolade.

Tina Young, from Guyzance, who launched the East and North Northumberland franchise of Barking Mad in 2005, has been shortlisted for the Micro-Business Award at the HSBC British Franchise Association Franchisee of the Year Awards, supported by Express Newspapers

The category showcases the excellent business practice carried out by the nation’s smaller franchises.

In total, there are 19 finalists across a range of categories. The winners will be announced during a black-tie ceremony in Birmingham Town Hall on Thursday, October 2.

The most outstanding franchisee will be crowned Franchisee of the Year at the awards, alongside the category winners.

The overall winner of the British Franchise Association HSBC Franchisee of the Year Award will win £10,000. Each category winner will receive £1,000, all courtesy of HSBC.

Earlier this year, Tina, proved she was top dog when she won the Barking Mad Franchisee of the Year Award.

With the help of her team – Carol Ann Grey, Colin Heathcote and new administrator Jenny Beaumont – she hopes to increase turnover in 2015 by 35 per cent.


The following article was published in the Bdaily Business News, Monday April 14th 2014

The owners of Guyzance Hall have acquired a renowned Scottish Borders hotel, growing their portfolio of properties to six.

Guyzance Hall Ltd, who also own Eshott Hall and Doxford Hall in Northumberland, as well as Dalhousie Castle near Edinburgh and Tedsmore Estate in Shropshire, have bought Ednam House in Kelso for an undisclosed sum.

The former 18th Century Mansion, on the banks of the River Tweed, has purchased from the Brooks family, who have owned and operated the hotel since 1928.

The 32-bed hotel provides for fishing parties, wedding parties and events, and also boasts bars and a restaurant.

Guyzance Hall Ltd say they are committed to retaining Ednam House’s key role in the local economy, and suggested new developments are on the horizon.

Eric Kortenbach, Guyzance operations director (pictured above) said: “I am delighted to welcome Ednam House to our portfolio as it fits perfectly with our brand. As with our other properties we intend to invest in both the hotel, and staff.

"Our aim is to ensure that Ednam House becomes a truly luxury destination hotel, through attention to detail in every aspect of the property – whether it be dining, decor or service, or through the events we hold for guests and visitors. Our policy is to invest in the local economy, through buying locally, and providing opportunity and employment.“

The properties in North Northumberland and Dalhousie have seen millions of pounds worth of investment over the last five years and have already established a reputation for service and luxury.

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