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.
11 Mar 12 Mar
13 Mar 14 Mar
Acklington residents Barbara and Jeff Wade are
rightly very proud of their son Darryn's creative
Darryn is currently exhibiting some of his
outstanding photographs of Northumberland at the
Alnwick Playhouse & Arts Centre. This is
the final week of his exhibition so if you haven't
seen it yet then you may want to make your way to
well worth a visit!
1st Felton Cub Scouts meet in
Acklington Village Hall
6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m.
Cub Scouts is a uniformed, mixed group of
boys and girls aged 8 - 10 years. Why
not come along and find out more or contact
Cub Leader Jac Barras on 07810647227 /
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 2013 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
PUPILS SHARE THEIR SECRETS OF
The following article was published
by Northumberland Wildlife Trust on Thursday February 13th 2014
Pupils from Acklington
Church of England First School in Northumberland have
been busy sharing the secrets of the sand at Low Hauxley
with their classmates this week.
The pupils had previously joined Northumberland Wildlife
Trust’s massively successful 'Rescued from the Sea'
archaeology project at Druridge Bay, last July, when
hundreds of volunteers of all ages took part in a unique
archaeological dig, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, to
unearth an 8,000 year old Bronze Age burial mound and a
Mesolithic settlement dating back to 6,100BC.
At the time, the pupils participated in the ‘Footprint
Project’, which included scraping back the sand and
making plaster casts of animal footprints including the
now-extinct auroch which are ancestors of domestic
cattle that inhabited Europe until the 1600s.
This week, the children re-visited the project, this
time from the warmth of their classroom, making copies
of Bronze Age beaker pots, which were then placed
alongside a time line, next to genuine flints and tools
recovered during the dig last summer.
As the session was run by Northumberland Wildlife Trust,
it went without saying that Tracy Evans, People and
Wildlife Officer with the charity, had the children
thinking about the longevity of nature over the past
8,000 years - from the extinct auroch to the red deer
which was alive then, and is still very much alive now,
and how the tracks and trails they leave from muddy
footprints on the classroom floor to dirty handprints on
their desks are just the same as those left by animals
in worlds gone by.
Tracy said: “The Rescued from the Sea project was really
great as it fired up children’s enthusiasm and got them
thinking about what happened on their own ‘doorstep’
thousands of years ago. The timeline approach was a
great way of showing them how the time period they are
living in now is tiny compared to all that has gone on
generations before. Who knows, one day one of them may
end up presenting Time Team on Channel 4… I wonder if
they’ll remember me?!”
WEDDINGS DOWN THE YEARS
brings together dresses with stories behind them
The following article was published in the
Northumberland Gazette on Thursday February 13th 2014
An exhibition of wedding dresses with stories
behind them will take place in a north Northumberland
village this weekend.
"Weddings of the past" takes place on
Sunday in Acklington village Hall, with all proceeds
from the £1 entry fee going towards a sound system for
the community venue.
Billed as "Something old,
something new, everything borrowed, come and view",
all of the dresses on display have some kind of tale to
tell and also span the decades, offering a look at
changes of fashion and design.
Exhibits include an original 1921 dress and an original
1951 dress, which will be displayed with associated
details including press cuttings of the wedding which
took place at St John's Church in Chevington.
There will also be Georgian-style wedding outfits used
by friends of the organisers at their wedding at
Handmade and loaned to the exhibitors by In Disguise
from Choppington, they were featured on the ITV
television series, Inside the National Trust.
There will also be a complete bride’s ensemble recovered
from the roadside at Guyzance, which is believed to have
been thrown from a stolen car.
There will be more spanning the decades, including
coming right into the modern era with a gay wedding
which took place last year.
And even the war years aren’t missed out, as someone has
loaned a mock wedding cake used during wartime, which
will appear alongside wedding photos from the 1800s
Sharon Thorpe, who is secretary of the village hall,
explained that she happened upon the idea when looking
for a fund-raiser after her friend Lorna found her old
“We realised that lots of people must have them stored
away, but I thought it would be an ideal thing for a
fund-raising event,” she said.
“It’s been such a lovely thing to do, because people are
giving their dresses, but they also have stories to tell
and pictures. It’s been fascinating.
“Dresses are still coming in and if we have room, I will
put them in the exhibition.”
FACTORY BANK CLOSED FOR
Important repairs to the factory bank on the
C102 (the road between Acklington and Guyzance) are
being carried out as part of Northumberland County
Council’s local transport plan’s landslip programme.
The repairs, on the north side of Factory Bridge, began on Monday 27th January and are expected to take
about six weeks to complete - subject to weather
The costs involved in halting the slippage and repairing
the road will be in the region of £175,000
This is a main route from Acklington to the A1 (and it
is also the main road from Acklington to Guyzance) so it
has major implications for local motorists.
Congratulations to Mr Chris Sayers of Acklington who has
been listed by the Newcastle Journal as one of the most influential people in the
North East in 2013.
Chris is chairman of the board of governors at
Northumbria University, Newcastle. He joined the
board as an external member in November 2010, becoming
chairman in July 2012 and was reappointed for a second
three-year term as from November 2013.
Chris served as a non-executive director of the
Government Office for the North East, and enjoyed a
successful leadership career with BT for 26 years,
including managing the local government sector across
the UK for BT Global Services.
Well done Chris for making such a significant difference
to this part of the world.
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