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
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
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
STEAK NIGHTS - every Wednesday from
couple - including glass of house wine
CURRY NIGHT - every Thursday....
£9.95 only, and this includes a free drink.
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
Did you know
the RAF Station at Acklington played a major part in the
history of our parish and indeed the history of the
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
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
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
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
Large Across Body Bag
Bucket Shoulder Bag
(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.
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.
You are visitor number :
FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS
A five-day forecast for the parish of Acklington
as summarised in the latest BBC weather news.
19 Aug 20 Aug
21 Aug 22 Aug
FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR
NOTICE OF CASUAL VACANCY
Notice is hereby given that by reason of the
resignation of Councillor Lesley Craig a vacancy has
occurred among the members of Acklington Parish
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
Miss E Brown – Clerk to the Council
4 Simonside Crescent
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
Clubs for Young People
in conjunction with ACKLINGTON SPORTS
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
and Love with Your Dog
An introduction to understanding, improving
and healing your dog's behaviour and wellbeing.
Friday 26th to Monday 29th
Dr Isla Fishburn PhD, MBiolSci, BSc
Member of INTODogs and Panel Expert for The Dog
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
~ Learn how scent and diet is important in
communication and why conflict can arise
~ Understanding natural communication, what
this is and how to identify the triggers of
and miscommunication between dogs and
~ 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,
~ An introduction to natural healing and how
dogs benefit from this to help improve
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.
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
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.
SAINT OSWALD'S WAY
is a long-distance walking route, exploring
some of the finest landscapes and
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
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.
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 is maintained by members of Acklington
Community Team (ACT).
The picture below shows a group of parishioners
enjoying an evening website training session led
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
To make contact, please click on the CONTACT
US button below and you will see the various
in which you can get in touch.
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
this very informative and comprehensive website.
However you get your information it is so
keep up to date
with all that is going on
in this small but very
LIFEBOAT PAINTINGS PROVE A HIT
FOR ACKLINGTON ARTIST
The following article was published
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
The response got Charles thinking that he would do
something for the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat
“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
“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
“It’s amazing how many people have come up to me and
said they were rescued or picked up or towed in by the
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
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
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
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 HOPES SHE IS NOT BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE
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
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,
The most outstanding franchisee will be crowned
Franchisee of the Year at the awards, alongside the
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
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.
GUYZANCE HALL OWNERS BUY-UP
RENOWNED SCOTTISH BORDERS HOTEL
The following article was published
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
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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