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ROAD CLOSURE


A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order as follows has been requested for the C102 Acklington Junction to Guyzance Lee Junction. It is expected that the road will only be closed on the 24th April 2017 until the 2nd June 2017. The closure has been requested by Northumberland County Council for masonry re-pointing, carriageway resurfacing and drainage installation/repair between the hours of 09:30 and 15:30 during this period.
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.


 
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.

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NEW HOUSING PLANNED BESIDE VILLAGE HALL



Plans have been submitted for 24 new homes west of Acklington Village Hall.  Details can be found on Northumberland County Council's website.  The closing date for comments or objections is 6th June.  To find out more please CLICK HERE
SCHOOL UNDER THREAT



COULD 2017 BE THE FINAL YEAR FOR ACKLINGTON SCHOOL?

A consultation process has begun on the possible closure of Acklington C of E First School.  If the closure is approved then the official closure date will be 30th December 2017.  Such a decision would obviously have a major impact on our village community. 

To find out more about this proposal and to find out how you can make your views known, please CLICK HERE.



PETITION
One way you can support the school is to sign the on-line 'Save Our School' petition. To do so, please CLICK HERE.

You may also wish to attend the forum meeting in the village hall on 25th May.  See poster below.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
DID YOU KNOW?
We have an extremely rare tree in our parish


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. 

Furthermore, in 2015 the tree made the national final in the Woodland's Trust's "Tree of the Year" contest (the only tree in the north east to have done so) and came a commendable seventh in the competition.

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.

 
 
Acklington once boasted a very proud RAF Station



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

 


Acklington is obviously a very prestigious name in the fashion world
 
Acklington gives its name to a style of men's trousers which 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 one of their lines 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!)
 
 
FIGHT TO SAVE VILLAGE SCHOOL GATHERS PACE

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 17th May 2017

A petition and fund-raising campaign have been launched in a desperate bid to save a village school from closure.



Last week, the Gazette reported that the governing body of James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) Federation has started a consultation on a proposal to shut Acklington C of E First School at the end of December.

With 13 children on the roll, falling pupil numbers and the impact this has on the education provided has been cited as the main reason for closing the facility.

The governing body also says that the buildings are dilapidated and the mobile classrooms are beyond repair and would need replacing.

The consultation document states that all pupils would be found places at other local schools, but staff could be at risk of redundancy.

 

The news has caused dismay in the community and sparked objectors into action.

An online petition has been started to try to save the school, which is described by campaigners as wonderful and one-of-a-kind in the area.

The petition – signed by more than 300 people so far and available at tinyurl.com/kkrn4lc – states: ‘The children love the school and it would be awful for them to see it go.’

Alongside this, an online campaign to raise £80,000 to help buy new mobile classrooms has been launched at tinyurl.com/k5edb5r

A statement from concerned parents reads: ‘We are devastated by the news that the federation is consulting about closure. ‘This has come as a huge shock and the needs of the federation’s youngest children have been overlooked. We feel that governors have been hasty to propose closure before fully exploring effective alternatives.’



The Save Our School Acklington C Of E First School page has been started on Facebook. Messages from pupils, saying how much they love the school and how they want it to stay open, have been posted on it.

 
NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOL WITH JUST 13 PUPILS FACES CLOSURE

The following article was published by the MailOnline on 15th May 2017

Parents battle to save one of Britain's smallest schools where just 13 PUPILS are educated after it was taken over by college federation that says it's not 'financially viable'



• Acklington Village First School, in Northumberland, may close by Christmas
• James Calvert Spence College Federation took over school's governance in 2015
• Federation says falling pupil numbers (it has capacity for 45) and rising costs mean school is draining resources from larger schools
• Five other first schools are within 7-mile radius, closest of which is 1.3 miles away

Parents have launched a fight to save one of the country's smallest schools - which currently has just 13 pupils - from closure.

A consultation has begun which could see Acklington Village First School, in Northumberland, shut for good before Christmas this year.

James Calvert Spence College Federation, who took over governance of the school in 2015, say falling pupil numbers and rising costs mean the school isn't financially viable, and it is draining resources from larger schools.

With its current enrolment, the first school is one of the smallest in England.

However, it has capacity for 45 pupils, and campaigners hope that by raising the profile of the school they can encourage more parents to send their children there.

They also say the school's size - small even when at full capacity - is one of the things they love about it.



Steven Bush, whose four-year-old daughter Imogen attends the school, and who hopes to send his one-year-old son Robin there in the future, said: 'We like the fact that it's a small school - you get a level of education,the bespokeness and personalisation that you just don't receive in bigger schools.

'A lot of kids have really come on in that environment, because you get the support that means you can really focus; extra help can be really targeted.'

    
 
WILL NORTHUMBERLAND VILLAGE SCHOOL BE ANOTHER VICTIM?



The following article was published by Northumberland Gazette on 11th May2017

A rural village school is under threat of closing due to falling pupil numbers, but campaigners have vowed to fight to save it.

The governing body of the James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) Federation has started a consultation about closing Acklington C of E First School at the end of December.

There are currently 13 pupils on the roll and they would be found places at other local schools if the proposal goes ahead. Staff, however, could face redundancy.

Opponents have expressed their disappointment and say it is another example of rural areas losing key facilities, including schools.



The consultation document states: ‘In the light of falling numbers at the school, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide the best educational experience for children at Acklington C of E First School.

‘The governing body has therefore reluctantly concluded that it must consider the option of closing the school and re-directing the pupils to other local schools.

   
 

20 VILLAGERS CLEARED 65 KILOS OF LITTER!


Litter Picking Villager Chris Sayers

On Saturday 22nd April, 20 volunteers from Acklington gathered together to clear rubbish from the village.

Event organiser, Alison Sharpe said, “Our litter pick is all about villagers working hard, having fun, and making Acklington a great village to live in.”



65 Kilos of litter were collected. Most of the collection was roadside rubbish thrown from cars, and included food packaging, soft drinks containers and glass bottles.

The largest item collected was a full-sized, double mattress.



Well done to everyone.  Our community is now a bit cleaner!
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