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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.

 

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.

 

RECENT HISTORY

 

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.


 

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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EVENTS COMING UP



These sales are always very popular so please note
the date on your calendar and book a table early
(only 10-12 tables available) if you wish to sell goods.  Telephone Alison on 01670 761451 for more details.

BOOKS
        REFRESHMENTS       TOMBOLA
PLANTS        RAFFLE       CAKES

 
ADMISSION £1
(this includes a drink)   ALL WELCOME
 



We hope to have lots of outdoor play in the village
hall’s lovely garden this term, but rain or shine
here’s what’s coming up in our next session:

27th May – ‘What can we do with a cardboard box?’
Is it a plane, car or boat? Let your imagination run free.

Toddler Express is also up and running – come
and ride the train!

If you would like ‘Sing with Me’ to be a regular
event, please let us know and we will arrange for
Avril to come again.




For more information please ring 01670 760335
 



 

IMAGES OF RECENT PARISH EVENTS

THANK YOU
to the volunteers who turned out for the recent
 VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN and LITTER PICK


Their efforts are very much appreciated and
as a result our village is much tidier.

 


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 "Cribs in Church" event,
please click on the figure of
Joseph opposite.
 
 

NATIONAL SECURITY BACK-UP CALLED TO HMP NORTHUMBERLAND NINE TIMES IN TWO YEARS

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on Sunday 10th May 2015



Information released by the Ministry of Justice reveal there were nine calls for help from staff from other jails at HMP Northumberland in two years.

HMP Northumberland at Acklington Northumberland
National security squads were called to a North East prison twice within 12 months.

Information released following a freedom of information request revealed Tornado response teams were called to HMP Northumberland in March and November last year. However, the overall number of times teams from nearby jails had been called was down.

In December 2013 the Acklington prison was taken over by Sodexo and immediately a number of jobs were cut. In the following 17 months a number of high profile incidents have taken place at the prison and an inspection from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons raised a number of concerns.

From 2013 to the start of 2015 there were nine incidents which resulted in the jail calling for external support from neighbouring prisons. Four took place in 2013, three in 2014 - including two incidents which required a response from a Tornado team - and in January this year there were a further two incidents.



The first call for the Tornado task-force was in March when around 50 inmates took over a wing. In November, six cells were set on fire and inmates then refused to return to their cells, prompting another call.

In January this year a stand off which began as a complaint about the standard of food resulted in staff being dispatched to help prison officers at Northumberland.

Tornado is a national programme of mutual aid between jails in England and Wales to help respond to serious incidents.

A Sodexo Justice Services spokesman said: “Safety and security is our top priority at HMP Northumberland. Prisons are challenging environments to manage, and our staff are trained to resolve the majority of situations locally.

“Like any prison, occasionally the nature of an incident will require assistance from national resources with specialist training.”
 

INMATES STAGE FOUR-HOUR PROTEST AT TROUBLED PRISON

The following article was published in the Evening Chronicle on Friday 24th April 2015



Prisoners staged a rooftop protest at HMP Northumberland, resulting in a four-hour stand-off.

Two inmates climbed onto a low roof at the Acklington jail at around 6pm on Thursday, staying there until past 10pm.

Police were made aware of the situation but did not attend.

The incident is the latest in a long line at the troubled prison, which came under fire in a report published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons in January.

In February, a riot almost broke out over cold food being served to inmates and the national tactical response unit was called in to control the situation.

Thursday’s protest follows a similar one at HMYOI Deerbolt in County Durham earlier this month, where two men - one wielding a hammer - scaled the roof.

A spokesman for Sodexo Justice Services, which controls the privately-run HMP Northumberland, said: “We can confirm there was an incident last night at HMP Northumberland where two prisoners held a protest on a low roof.

“The prisoners surrendered peacefully.”
 

ACKLINGTON PILOTS MARK 50 YEARS

The following article was published in the Northumberland Gazette on Thursday 23rd April 2015


The RAF Acklington graduates in April 1965.

This Saturday and Sunday, a group of retired Royal Air Force pilots are holding a reunion at the Linden Hall Golf and Country Club to celebrate 50 years since graduation as RAF pilots and receiving their wings.

The group of aspiring pilots who assembled at RAF Acklington for No 174 Course on May 26, 1964, had just completed their Initial Officer Training at South Cerney in Gloucestershire.


The parade slow march past of the class of 1965.

In 1964, No 6 Flying Training School (FTS) was one of five schools at the time (the others were located at Leeming, Linton-on-Ouse, Church Fenton and Syerston).

The school originated in 1917, training Army pilots for First World War fighting.  Disbanded after the end of the war, the school was revived briefly between 1920 and 1922 before disbanding again.

As re-armament accelerated, No 6 FTS reformed in 1935. During its history, the FTS boasted Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, of Dambusters fame, as one of its pupils and other early graduates gained 727 honours, including five Victoria Crosses and 51 Distinguished Service Orders.

In 1961, 6 FTS moved to RAF Acklington equipped with the Hunting Jet Provost training aircraft and remained there until disbandment in 1968.
Acklington had few, if any, permanent buildings and, instead, comprised a village of wooden huts, variously converted.

Only a minority of students owned cars so the station hosted an active weekend social scene, unlike the schools further south within easier reach of London. Locally, the Dirty Bottles in Alnwick was exceptionally popular as it appeared to be, coincidentally, with the Teacher Training College!

Basic pilot training at the time was ‘all through’ on jets and assumed no previous flying experience. The Jet Provost Mk 3 and Mk 4 were two-seat side-by-side jet trainers with a single Armstrong Siddeley Viper engine.  The course comprised some 160 flying hours of which about 110 were dual, under the supervision of an instructor, and about 50 solo.

The Passing Out Parade on April 22, 1965, saw the cherished award of the pilot’s brevet.

Thirteen of the original 19 graduates will join together for dinner at Linden Hall on Saturday at which Squadron Leader (Retired) Stuart Miller will propose the toast to ‘Absent Friends’.
 


PUPILS LEFT PUZZLING OVER CHALLENGE DAY

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on Thursday 26th March 2015

A north Northumberland first school hosted a schools’ puzzle challenge day last week after receiving a Kickstart Grant for British Science Week.

The event at Acklington Village Hall was hosted by Acklington CE First School last Thursday.


Pupils at Acklington First School enjoy the activities during their puzzle challenge day.

During the day, pupils were joined by some of the children from Amble First School, Amble Links First School, Broomhill First School, Grange View CE First School and Red Row First School to experience practical team puzzling and problem-solving activities, as presented by the Happy Puzzle Company.

The company’s programmes use large 3D team puzzles and challenges, which all look incredibly easy until the students start trying to solve them.

Educational psychologist and programme creator Gavin Ucko said: “It’s learning without a pen and paper and it gives teachers a rare opportunity to take a step back and watch their students in action.

“Often, it’s the students you least expect to excel, who turn out to be incredible leaders and the inspiration that leads a group to success.”



Joint acting headteacher Gail Van Schalkwyk said: “We are very excited about this project and extremely proud to have the opportunity to host the Happy Puzzle Company.

“Developing inquiring minds and resilient children is at the heart of Acklington CE First School’s curriculum. We are delighted to be able to share this learning opportunity with others schools in the Coquet Partnership.”
        
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