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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.


 

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WRITER OF THE MONTH FOR MARCH

 

Acklington School's writer of the month is Cameron.
Cameron produced a super recount of a school trip,
as written below....

On Monday 23 February all of the children went to the Hancock Museum in Newcastle.  We travelled in a big bus and it took a long time to get there.

First we went to the gallery.  The gallery was very big and there was a display of tools and beakers from the Ice Age to the Birth of Jesus. There was also a fossil gallery and a collection of gems and crystals.

Second we went to the Planetarium and watched a scary movie about dinosaur bones and fossils and there was a lot of noise.  Miss Jones had to hold Amelia's hand when the shark came on.

After a packed lunch we went upstairs and there was a tree and I had to be brave and put my hand in for a dare.  Everyone was laughing and some people didn't do the dare.  There were things inside the tree like snakes and stuffed animals.

There was also a room with religious stuff in from all around the world, like worry beads and boats and vicar's clothes.  There was lots of jewellery.  We had worship in the lecture room then a woman from Newcastle University taught us about history.  we found out how fossils tell us about the past and we even held a fossil of a dinosaur pooh!  It was heavy and bumpy. 

T
he museum trip was very good and we all had great fun.

We all looked at a shark's jawbone.

EVENTS COMING UP


VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers are required for a couple of hours on the morning of 11th April to help tidy up our parish.

MEETING POINT
All willing helpers to meet at Acklington Village Hall at 10.00 a.m. The more volunteers the easier the task, so please don’t just leave this spring clean to others… COME ALONG!

EQUIPMENT
All equipment is provided (gloves, bags, pickers, etc.) we just need some community minded people who like to see their parish “clean and tidy”.

REFRESHMENTS
Free refreshments will be provided for all those who take part.

CONTACT
For more information please contact Alison Sharpe. Telephone: 01670 761451

THANK YOU
 



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
 

IMAGES OF RECENT PARISH EVENTS


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.
 
 

PRISON SEARCHED AFTER ANONYMOUS CALL

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on Sunday 15th March 2015

HMP Northumberland was searched after reports of an inmate had acquired live ammunition for a handgun.



A full scale search followed an anonymous call to Crimestoppers but prison bosses at HMP Northumberland said there was no security risk at the Acklington site.



An anonymous source contacted Crimestoppers and reported that an inmate had obtained ammunition and was awaiting delivery of a handgun at the jail.

        

PRISON SAFETY CONCERNS

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on Friday 6th march 2015

Crunch talks have been arranged to thrash out safety concerns at HMP Northumberland.



A one-to-one meeting will take place between the county council’s business chairman Coun Scott Dickinson and Mike Conway, who is director of operations at Sodexo, which runs the Acklington-based prison.



As well as safety concerns at the unit, particularly in relation to staff, the discussions will also focus on the company’s plans for investment at the site.

        

MULTI-MILLION POUND TAKEOVER BY GUYZANCE HALL GROUP

The following article was published by in-cumbria.com on 3rd February 2015

A four-star country house hotel has been sold for almost £5m.


  The Wordsworth Hotel at Grasmere

The Wordsworth Hotel and Spa, in Grasmere, has been sold to Shropshire-based Guyzance Hall Ltd.

Eric Kortenbach, operations director of Guyzance Hall has seen the holding company add the four-star country house hotel to a growing portfolio of such exclusive properties including three hotels in Northumberland and others in Edinburgh and Kelso in the Scottish Borders.

        

INSIDE THE "POWDER KEG" PRISON

The following article by Robert Cooper was published by BBC News online on 27th January 2015



A report into HMP Northumberland has found safety at the prison has deteriorated in the past two years. BBC News was allowed to visit the prison, described by some as a "powder keg", to assess how bad things were.

A "very tough three years" was how outgoing director Matt Spencer describes his time at HMP Northumberland.
The category C prison has seen some major changes in his time at the helm and has come in for some serious criticism.

Following privatisation to French firm Sodexo just over a year ago - and losing more than a third of its staff - there have been a series of assaults and disturbances at the jail.

        

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.

       
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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