THE HISTORY OF ACKLINGTON COMMUNITY TEAM


THE BEGINNINGS

In November 2000 some parents of children at Acklington School thought it would be a good idea to form a group of people to oversee activities that would benefit the residents of Acklington and the surrounding area. They sent out a questionnaire to see whether there was sufficient support for this new venture. A positive response resulted in a meeting being called in Acklington School on 13th February 2001. Two dozen people (listed below) attended that initial meeting and a new community group was formed:

  List of Attendees at the first meeting   At first the group was called “Community Friends of Acklington” and subsequent meetings took place to discuss ideas, constitution, committee, fund-raising, etc.
  Grace
Dorothy
Teresa
Janet
David
Graham
John
June
Linda
Megan
Angie
Ann
Angela
Bob
Sheila
Marjorie
Alison
Rachel
June
Claire
Vera
Mark
Yvonne
Morag
Aynsley
Bithell
Bolton
Brearley
Charnock
Cock
Davison
Davison
Gordon
Henderson
Howie
McDougall
Nicholson
Nicholson
Patterson
Selwood
Sharpe
Shutt
Smailes
Sygrove
Taylor
Vickers
Vickers
Wright
 
The group’s name was changed to Acklington Community Team (ACT for short) and it was formally launched with a ceilidh in the village hall on 1st September 2001. The first chairperson of ACT, Claire Sygrove, said,

“I am very excited about what we hope to achieve as a community in Acklington. We know there are a few on-going activities taking place already but the village is growing and more amenities are needed if we are to build a real sense of community. To do this we have formed ACT. We have such a lot to do!”

Below are two images from the Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2002 - one of the first community events organised by ACT.
              
            
    The Village Tractor Float                      The Male v Female Tug of War

    


THE CONSTITUTION


1) Name

The name of the association shall be the Acklington Community Team (ACT) referred to in this constitution as “the association”.


2) Objectives

a) To provide opportunities for social interaction within the community.

b) To promote community relations in co-operation with other groups in Acklington and the surrounding areas.

c) To involve the community in improving environmental aspects of Acklington and surrounding areas.

d) To promote other charitable purposes that the association may determine from time to time.

e) To ensure good communication within the community.


3) Powers

The following powers will be vested in the Management Committee:

a) Power to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions provided that, in raising funds, the Management Committee shall not undertake any permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law.

b) Power to buy, take on lease or exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objects and to maintain and equip it for use.

c) Power, subject to any consents required by law, to sell, lease or dispose of all or any part of the property of the organisation.

d) Power to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objectives or of similar charitable purposes and to exchange information and advice with them.

e) Power to appoint and constitute such advisory committees as the Management Committee may think fit.

f) Power to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievements of the objectives.


4) Membership

a) Membership of the association will be open to all residents living in Acklington and the surrounding area.

b) No restriction will be placed on membership with regard to age, gender, ethnic origin, religion or political affiliation.

c) Membership may be terminated by a unanimous vote of the Management Committee, for good reason, having given the opportunity to the member to be heard by the Committee.


5) Management Committee

a) The management of the association will be carried out by a Management Committee consisting of not more than 12 members and not less than 3 elected at the Annual General Meeting.

b) All members of the Committee must be at least 18 years to enable them to vote, however, the committee will accurately represent the views of young people under the age of eighteen by ensuring that at least one young person is given the opportunity to attend Management Committee meetings.

c) The management Committee may appoint co-opted Members but only up to ¼ of the total membership of the Committee may be appointed in this way.

d) All members of the Committee shall retire from office at the end of the Annual General Meeting but they may be re-elected or re-appointed.


6) Officers

a) At the first meeting of the Management Committee following the Annual General Meeting, the Committee will elect a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.


7) Meetings and Procedures

a) The Management Committee shall meet at least 4 times each year.

b) A quorum shall consist of at least 1/3 of the members of the Management Committee or 3 members, whichever is the greater number present.

c) In the event of the result of a vote being equal, the chair shall have a second and casting vote.


8) Finance

a) All funds shall be paid into a bank account in the same of the association. All cheques shall be signed by at least 2 of the authorised signatories being the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

b) The treasurer shall present a financial report to the Management Committee at each meeting.


9) Annual General Meeting

a) An Annual General Meeting will be held in January of each year, or as soon as practicable thereafter.

b) At least 14 days notice will be given of the date, time and place of the meeting.

c) The Management Committee will present an annual report to the members, including the accounts for the previous year.

d) Nominations will be taken for membership of the Management Committee and an election will be held if the number of vacancies is exceeded.


10) Amendments to the Constitution

a) The Constitution may only be amended by a resolution passed by 2/3 of those members present and voting at a General Meeting.

b) At least 14 days notice will be given of a General Meeting, and the notice will contain the amendment proposed.


11) Dissolution

If a resolution is passed at a General Meeting to dissolve the association, any assets which remain, after all liabilities have been met, shall be given to another charitable organisation to be used for such purposes within the area of benefit.

This constitution was formally adopted by this association as certified by those members who have signed below.
 


RECORD OF ACT OFFICIALS
   
2001  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Claire Sygrove
Teresa Bolton
Yvonne Vickers
   
2002  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Lynda Hastie
Linda Gordon
Yvonne Vickers
   
2003  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Lynda Hastie
Linda Gordon
Yvonne Vickers
   
2004  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Lynda Hastie
Linda Gordon
Yvonne Vickers
   
2005  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Alison Sharpe
Emma Birch
Yvonne Vickers
   
2006  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Alison Sharpe
Barbara King
Sharon Thorpe
   
2007  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Louise Hall
Barbara King
Sharon Thorpe
   
2008  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Louise Hall
Barbara King
Violet Currie
   
2009  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
William Rowntree
Barbara King
Violet Currie
   
2010  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
William Rowntree
Lorna Budge
Violet Currie
   
2011  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
William Rowntree
Lorna Budge
Violet Currie
   
2012  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
Tessa Sayers
Lorna Budge
Violet Currie
   
2013  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
 
   
2014  
Chairman
Secretary
Treasurer
 
   

LOTTERY SUCCESS


One of the community team’s biggest early achievements was to attract funding to help young people in the parish and to respond to their needs.

A much needed Toddler Group was set up and a very successful sports club for youngsters was also established.

Both of these initiatives flourished with the toddlers meeting in the school on Monday and Thursday mornings and the junior sports club taking place in Acklington Village Hall on Friday evenings.

The Toddler Group suffered a temporary closure (due to lack of numbers) but has now reformed as the "3,2,1, zeros" and meets weekly in the village hall. 

The Friday Sports Club is still going strong thanks largely to the club leaders Sharon Thorpe and Lorna Budge.


    Below are some pictures from the sports Club's Rock Climbing activities.