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.
01 Aug 02 Aug
03 Aug 04 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
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
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
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.
WORK WITH WOLVES LEADS TO TEACHING DOGS TO BEHAVE
The following article was published
by the Northumberland Gazette on April 12th 2014
An animal behaviourist who previously worked extensively
with wolves is helping dog owners in the North East to
gain a better understanding of their pets.
Dr Isla Fishburn (pictured above with her dogs) started
Kachina Canine Communication to increase the
understanding of both pets and wild animals.
A qualified zoologist with a PhD in conservation
biology, Dr Fishburn returned to her native North East
after spending time in the South of England researching
and working with wolves.
Now she is holding behaviour and communication courses
at Acklington Village Hall.
She said: “I researched how wolves interact, and offered
wolf encounter courses where people could come and
experience time with them.
“Many of the visitors had dogs and it was seeing
people’s reactions to their own dogs, never mind the
wolves, that convinced me that a lot of people need help
in understanding how their dogs think and communicate
with us and how they can work with them to overcome the
problems that are all too common.”
Originally from Newton Hall in Durham, Dr Fishburn has
based Kachina Canine Communication in Acklington.
She has worked with police and prison dog handlers and
used her techniques to address a range of behavioural
issues with rescue dogs.
She said: “As I work holistically, my focus is improving
the individual wellbeing of each dog and its owner and
creating mutual trust and respect.”
STAFF FEARS AFTER DISTURBANCE
The following article was published
in the Northumberland
Gazette, Thursday April 3rd 2014
Staff, politicians and union bosses have all expressed
grave misgivings about staff levels at HMP
Northumberland after Friday’s ‘stand-off’.
A disturbance took place when around 50 prisoners
refused to return to their cells in one wing of the
Acklington prison, which became just the second
privatised facility in the country when Sodexo Justice
Services took over in December.
It followed an announcement in October that up to 200
jobs could go after Sodexo took control.
One prison officer, who did not wish to be named, told
the Gazette there have been a number of incidents
recently, including rooftop protests and attempted
“The whole jail is a powder keg waiting for the spark.
There will be more trouble, that’s for sure,” he said.
“It’s a disgrace; staff are kept in the dark, there is
no communication between management and staff – we hear
things from the inmates before it gets to us – and to
top it off, there are another 37 staff leaving this
“I do not know how the jail will function or, even worse
still, respond to alarm bells or help, as we are at
breaking point now.”
One of his colleagues, who also wanted to remain
anonymous, added: “The reason it happened was the
“I’m all up for change, I believe the prison service had
to change. After the merger of the two prisons
(Acklington and Castington), we had too many staff, but
now we haven’t got enough.
“There’s two sides to a story and I’m open to change,
but it rarely happened before. The last time there was a
barricade was about 11 years ago.
“It’s getting dangerous. The convicts aren’t stupid and
something will happen.”
The POA (formerly the Prison Officers’ Association) has
praised its members for their ‘bravery during a serious
disturbance’ with some staff apparently being inside the
prison until 1.40am on Saturday, having started shifts
at 7.30am on Friday.
Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has taken up the
issue and has sent a series of ‘urgent and detailed
questions’ to Sodexo and his Government’s Prisons
Alan Beith MP
“I have asked what lessons have been learned from the
incident and whether prison safety can be retained with
such a large reduction in staffing,” he said yesterday,
adding that he is also concerned about unsupervised or
unescorted movement of prisoners and apparently
increasing and organised efforts to get drugs into the
prison over the fence.
The county council is also concerned and yesterday
leader Grant Davey announced the creation of a working
group to look at issues such as privatisation, staffing
levels and training.
Coun Scott Dickinson, whose ward contains the prison,
said: “Back in October, I raised concerns about staffing
levels and Friday’s events suggest that maybe the
reductions have been too fast.”
A Sodexo Justice Services spokesman said: “We
congratulate all the staff involved in the incident for
the professional way in which they resolved the
“There was minimal damage to the affected area and the
prison returned to its normal regime by Saturday
morning. We are now carrying out an investigation into
“We review staffing levels at all our prisons on a
regular basis and will continue to monitor them at HMP
Northumberland, particularly at a time of change when we
are introducing longer working days for prisoners.
“Safety and security of prisoners, staff and visitors is
always a priority for Sodexo Justice Services, as
independent reports in each of our prisons by HM Chief
Inspector of Prisons demonstrate.
“Our other four UK prisons achieved distinctions in last
year’s International Safety Awards, held by the British
Safety Council, for our commitment to safety, which is
so crucial to our business.”
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