Within this website there are web pages on each of the
following parish groups or organisations.
Just click on a blue button below to find out more.
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
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
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
Acklington is obviously a very prestigious name in the
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
Large Across Body Bag
Bucket Shoulder Bag
(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
USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS
We have put together a list of some local, useful and
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.
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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RECENT PARISH EVENTS
On 13th and 14th December there was an
of nativity cribs in St John's
To see more pictures from the event, please
click on the figure of Joseph below.
To view photographs of all the exhibits from
trail (and to find out the winning entries)
please click on the
NEW MAN AT THE HELM
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
Set in its own 350-acre estate, Guyzance Hall is a
19th century Grade II-listed residence and a highly
sought after wedding and events venue.
Available on an exclusive use basis, the emphasis is
very much on ensuring that guests feel that they are
staying at their very own country mansion.
Mike, a customer service specialist who spent 20
years with British Airways as steward in charge of
first class, said: “Having come from Newcastle, but
spent a lifetime travelling where the opportunities
have been, I’m pleased to come back to the North
East, and this new challenge at Guyzance.
“Here, the focus is on offering the very highest
quality and level of customer care and I am looking
forward to working with the team to ensure that
every guest who stays here has a visit that meets if
not exceeds their expectations.”
Mike, who lives at Newton on the Moor, joins
Guyzance Hall from Northumbria Coast and Country
Cottages Ltd where, for the last four years, he was
deputy director. He also owned and ran a country pub
in Yorkshire and has experience in the
Intercontinental Hotel in London’s Park Lane.
Guyzance Hall is the sister venue to Eshott Hall,
near Morpeth, and Doxford Hall, near Alnwick. Also
part of the group are Dalhousie Castle and Ednam
MOVING TRIBUTE TO THE "GUYZANCE 10"
following article was published by the
Northumberland Gazette on 17th January 2015
tribute was paid today to 10 teenage soldiers killed
in a wartime training exercise.
The Army recruits died on the River Coquet, near
Guyzance, when their boat was swept over a weir and
capsized on 17th January 1945.
The bodies of the young men, eight of whom were
serving with the Durham Light Infantry and two with
the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, were found
downriver in the following days and months. The last
was not recovered until May 28.
Veterans and villagers gathered today to commemorate
the tragedy on its 70th anniversary.
Among them were Corporal Bernard Crewther, who lives
in Rothbury, and Sergeant Burnett Seyburn, who were
stationed at Felton with the group.
Mr Crewther said at the service: “We were called out
at night to go down the rive looking for bodies.
It’s something I won’t forget. They were all lads
that I knew.”
At the time, the troops were ordered not to talk
about the tragedy.
Mr Seyburn said: “We were sworn under oath never to
mention this under threat of court martial.”
Local historian Vera Vaggs (pictured below)
discovered that the deaths had been reported in a
newspapaer at the time. She helped to arrange the
placing of a memorial at the site in 1995.
She said today: “It’s nice to think that they are
not forgotten and we now have what is a very moving
and very appropriate stone memorial here.”
Sandra Bell, whose uncle Alfred Yates was one of the
men who died, and her daughter Charlotte were also
at the service.
The Rev Kenneth Crawford, chaplain to the Durham
Light Infantry, led the proceedings.
Wreaths were laid by the DLI Association, parish
councillors and members of the community.
The above pictures were
taken by press photographer Jane Coltman. To
see the video, please click on the button below.
MP URGES ACTION OVER HMP NORTHUMBERLAND GOVERNOR'S
DEPARTURE TO PREVENT "HUGE PROBLEMS"
following article was published on 9th January 2015
Sodexo has confirmed HMP Northumberland director
Matt Spencer will be leave the jail but said the
move is unrelated to an upcoming inspection.
HMP Northumberland at
The governor of the North East’s only private prison
is set to quit - amid warnings of ‘huge problems’
brewing at the jail.
Matt Spencer, director of HMP Northumberland, has
confirmed he will leave his post early this year.
A new governor is due to be appointed just weeks
before an inspection report on the prison is
Mr Spencer joined the jail when it was HMP
Acklington oversaw the merger of HMPs Castington and
Acklington, to create HMP Northumberland in 2011.
He was at the helm when Sodexo took over the running
of the prison in December 2013.
After a turbulent 12 months it was confirmed Mr
Spencer, who joined the prison service as an
officer, will move to HMP Forest Bank, in
Manchester, this year.
Ian Lavery MP for Ashington, where the jail is
based, said he hoped Sodexo would take action at the
jail to prevent a ‘catastrophe’ after substantial
staffing cuts which saw numbers fall from 441 in
2010 to 270 in 2013.
He said: “I’m sure Matt Spencer was dealt a really
bad hand as when Sodexo took over the prison they
made one third of the staff, mostly officers,
“His hands have been tied and there have been
problems in the prison system.
“Hopefully we will not see what could happen, if
things continue, and some sort of huge problem
developing at the prison.”
Mr Spencer is due to be replaced by Tony Simpson, a
former deputy director at HMP Addiewell, in West
Lothian, which opened in 2008, for the past year he
has been on secondment at HMP Northumberland.
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