AMENITIES

POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE
In an emergency ring 999 for any of the emergency services.  For Police General Enquiries ring 08456043043

  ACKLINGTON FIRST SCHOOL
We have in Acklington an excellent village school for the education of children up to the age of 9.
           Headteacher: 
        
Ms Effie Fenton
For any information about the school please ring:
01670 760335

  ACKLINGTON VILLAGE HALL
The village hall is situated at the far west end of Acklington Village.  the hall is the focus of much of the social and fund-raising activities in the community.  It is used for meetings, clubs and private parties. The hall has wheelchair access, a large hall with stage, small back room, small kitchen, storerooms and toilets including a disabled toilet.  The village hall is not licensed for alcohol but it can be brought in, on appropriate occasions, for personal consumption.  To sell alcohol at a private function it is necessary to apply for the appropriate  licence.  Current hire cost of the hall is £8 per hour, which includes setting up and clearing down.  For further details please ring 01670 761451
THE CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE, ACKLINGTON
All denominations are very welcome to attend services at this village church. We are a joint Benefice with Warkworth which means that we share a vicar.  Our vicar is the Revd Mike Dent.  There is a 10.45 a.m. service every Sunday and a short service of prayer every Wednesday at 9.30 a.m.  There are also special services throughout the year. 
Useful contacts are:
   Vicar - Revd Mike Dent 01665 711677
   Churchwarden - Mr William Rowntree  01670 761458
   Secretary - Miss Barbara Lamb 01670 760654
   Organist - Mr John Davison 01670 760609
 
RAIL SERVICE
There is only one early morning train from Acklington Station to Newcastle City Centre and return train each evening.  The nearest busy station is Alnmouth.  National Enquiries:
0845 7484950

BUS SERVICES
Arriva (X18) run every hour to Amble/Alnwick and Morpeth/ Newcastle. It also runs to and from Berwick via Alnwick/Acklington and Morpeth/Newcastle every two hours. The bus stop is at the crossroads at the far east of the village (just outside the main estate). You can get on the bus to Amble/Alnwick/ Berwick from the bus shelter side. On the opposite side of the road you can get on the bus to Morpeth/Newcastle.

TRAVELINE Public Transport info: 0871 200 22 33.

Saver Tickets available in daily, family, weekly and 4-weekly formats from your bus driver or 4-weekly Saver from selected epay, Paypoint or Payzone outlets, or online at arrivabus.co.uk. Adult tickets are available to your mobile. To register simply visit arrivabus.co.uk

 Click the X18 BUS above to see and/or download the timetable.

 
     

          BIN COLLECTIONS
Currently three types of wheelie bins—Recyclable (Blue), Landfill (Green), Garden refuse (Grey/Brown), are obtainable
from Alnwick District Council (01665 510505). Blue (Recyclables) bins are free of charge, green (Landfill/General Rubbish) bins must be purchased (except new-build properties) by and remain the property of the owner. Grey/Brown (Garden Compost) bins emptied during March to November, rental of approximately £20 - £25, yearly and remain the property of the council.
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They are collected as follows:-
Acklington—Blue and Green are collected on alternate Thursdays as are Grey/Brown (Mar - Nov) .
Cheeveley—Blue and Green are collected on alternate Mondays. Grey on alternate Thursdays (Mar - Nov).
Guyzance—Blue and Green are collected on alternate Mondays. Grey on alternate Thursdays (Mar - Nov).
North Broomhill—Blue/Green on alternate Fridays. Grey on alternate Thursdays (Mar - Nov).

The five groups shown here have each got their own page on this parish website (see GROUPS) where you can find out much more about the amenities and facilities they offer.


ACKLINGTON BOWLS CLUB

This carpet bowls club is the longest running sports club in the parish.  Members meet twice a week in the village hall.
01670 760802
An active group for parents and toddlers which meets twice each week in Acklington C. of E. First School.  Great fun guaranteed.
01670 760335



The weekly ACKLINGTON ART GROUP is a great place for like minded artists who live in the area to get together, share ideas and paint. 
01670 760214
Youngsters come from far and wide to take part in many varied activities at this popular Friday night sports club.
01670 760743



Always something interesting and entertaining happening at one of the friendliest W.I.'s around.  Meetings take place on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
01670 760802
POST BOXES



Parish post boxes are located as follows:

1.  on the main road in the
     centre of Acklington Village
     (beside the notice-board);

2.  in the village of Guyzance;

3.  by Bank House near
     Guyzance.

There is also a post box just past the corner of the T-junction in Broomhill/Togston on the way to Amble.

The last collection from Acklington Village is 4.15 p.m. from Monday to Friday and 9.00 a.m. on Saturday.  There are no longer any collections on a Sunday.

PLACES OF HISTORIC INTEREST

There are a wealth of castles to visit in Northumberland including: Warkworth, Alnwick, Dunstanburgh and Bamburgh.  You can also see the history of coal mining at the Woodhorn Colliery Museum in Ashington.
VARIOUS BUSINESSES IN ACKLINGTON
(See Business Page for more detailed information)
 
  Acklington Auction Mart 01670 760331
  Acklington Park Farm 01670 760360
  Barking Mad 01665 575981
  Birdhome B&B Limited 01665 513029
  Cavil Head Farm 01670 761961
  Cavil Head Holiday Cottages 01670 761961
  Coal Houses Farm Caravan Park 01670 760323
  Coastal Holiday Cottages 01670 761500
  Davison’s Gardening Services 01665 581166/5811155
  East House Bed & Breakfast 01665 513022
  East House Caravans 01665 513077
  East House Farm 01665 513077
  Charles Evans Art 01670 760030
  Forsyth’s Agricultural Merchant & Country Store 07702 113954
  Guyzance Cottage Holidays 08700 781100
  Guyzance Hall Estate 01691 611011
  Handyman Northeast 01670 760869
  High Park Farm 01670 787205
  Indigo Crow 01670 761841
  Chris Lindsay Carpenter & Joiner 01670 760636
  Morwick Dairy Ice Cream Parlour 01665 711210
  Move Over – Removals & House Clearances 08456 035750
  Northumberland Financial Limited 01670 761500
  Oscar Pet Foods 01670 763020
  I & M Pearson Agricultural Engineers 01670 760256
  Post Production Paperwork 01665 712090
  The Railway Inn 01670 760320
  Thru The Mill 01665 712665
  Dave Weddell Plasterer 01670 763064
  L. Welch Landscape Supplies 01670 760438
  Wishing Well Cottages 01670 760320
  Wrought Ironwork 01670 783716
  Brian Young Photography 0843 2895822
If you have a business in the parish and it is not listed above, please contact a member of Acklington Community Team to have your business included.

 
 
THE RAILWAY INN
A warm welcome awaits you from Susan & Stuart Collingwood who took over The Railway Inn in June 2009. Situated on the edge of Acklington village, we are conveniently positioned for the many wonderful castles and coastlines of Northumberland, and only 4 miles from the A1.

Set in 2 acres of pleasant grounds with its abundance of trees and shrubs, we have 3 self-catering holiday cottages adjacent to the inn, as well as a Certified Location with the Caravan Club where we can accommodate 5 caravans.

Tuesday nights is quiz night, and 3rd Monday of each month is ‘music night’, a free for all for budding musicians to sharpen up their strings, whistles or vocal chords!  Sunday lunches are served 12-4pm and food weekdays 12-2pm and 6-9pm.
VISITING TRADERS / BUSINESSES
MOBILE LIBRARY
All visits by the mobile library to Acklington and Broomhill/Togston are run by Northumberland County Council.  Visits take place every third  Wednesday.  The contact number for the mobile library is 01670 534514.
The stopping places are:
Acklington - Village Hall (2.05pm to 2.20pm), Warkworth T-junction "Dobson's Corner" (2.25pm to 2.35pm) and the junction of Quarry Avenue & Acklington Drive (2.40pm to 3.00pm).
North Broomhill/Togston - Every third Wednesday at the Working Men's Club (4pm to 4.40pm) and the Trap Inn (6.20pm to 6.45pm).
Guyzance is covered by a mobile library service from Alnwick Library on every third Monday.  The contact number for this service is 01665 602689.
MOBILE BUTCHER
Every Thursday evening "Meat of Excellence" visits Acklington and Guyzance.  North Broomhill is visited on a Tuesday.

For further information please ring 01670 513447
or mobile number 07939 506874.
WINDOW CLEANERS

Various window cleaners operate in the area.  It's probably best to ask neighbours which one's they use or recommend.
RINGTONS TEA

Telephone 0800 0522440
to have tea delivered to your door. 
MILKMAN

If you like your milk delivered, you may wish to contact one of the numbers below: 
01665 602599
or 01670 820530
and 01665 589373
 

   COMMUNITY MAGAZINE
       
  "THE PELICAN"
 

The Pelican Magazine must be one of the best community magazines around.  It covers both Acklington and Warkworth Parishes and contains lots of news, information, events and advertisements for the local area.  Subscription is £4 per annum for 10 issues each year and parishioners are very much encouraged to purchase.  The main co-ordinator for Pelican distribution throughout the parish is Mr Ken Denholm, tel:
01670 760220


WILDLIFE AND NATURE RESERVES
We are very fortunate in that our surrounding countryside is rich in wildlife.  An occasional deer can be spotted in Station Wood.  There are numerous badger setts around.  Foxes are plentiful and, on occasions, otters have been spotted on the River Coquet.  Fortunately our area remains somewhat of a haven for red squirrels.

The nearby stretch of coast at Druridge Bay is one of the richest wildlife sites in the north and the North East's centre for conservation.  It includes Hauxley Nature Reserve, Druridge Bay Country Park, Druridge Bay Beach, Chevington Reed Beds, Druridge Pools, Cresswell Pond and the National Trust Dunes.  The whole area s a must for bird lovers with Terns, Snipe, Redshank, Lapwing, Teal, Mallard Widgeon, Pochard, Goldeneye (to name but a few) all there for the visitor to see.
AMENITIES NEAREST TO THE PARISH

SHOPPING CENTRES
- Hadston has a small precinct with a newsagent, hairdresser, betting shop, Co-op store, pharmacy, general store, small cafe, chip shop, Post Office and Community Centre.  Red Row has a Chinese Take-Away on the right just before the gradient leading to the A1068.  Amble is 5 miles away and has most small shops including Butcher, Greengrocer, Fishmonger, Bakery, Co-op Store, Clothes/Electrical/Shoes/Decorating/Pet/Hardware shops and various cafes & takeaways.  Amble also has a very popular Sunday Market held on the Quayside.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS - Amble has both Middle and High Schools.  All schools come under one Headteacher are are known as James Calvert Spence College.  Their telephone numbers are:- 01665 710636 for the Amble High School; 01665 710217 for Amble Middle School.
ADULT/FURTHER EDUCATION Dovecote Centre, Amble 01665 714736
  Coquet High School, Amble 01665 710636
  Northumberland College, Ashington 01670 841200
     
HOSPITALS The Infirmary at Alnwick has a small Accident & Emergency Department 01665 626700
  Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington has a major A&E Department 0844 8118111
     
HEALTH CENTRES You can register with any health centre around the area but the two nearest ones are Hadston/Broomhill/Amble (part of the Coquet Medical Group) 01670 760229
  Felton 01670 787353
  Out of hours emergency telephone 0300 123 4343
  NHS Direct 0845 46 47
     
DENTAL SERVICES Hadston/Broomhill has an NHS dentist operating within the health centre on Mondays and Fridays 01670 760353
  Private dentists operate in Amble and surrounding areas  
     
OPTICIAN Thompson Opticians are in Amble 01665 710577
     
VETERINARY SERVICES A premises in Amble is part of the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group 01665 713111
     
PLUMBER A local tradesman who covers all aspects of plumbing work, plus wall and floor tiling. 01665 760012
     
SPORTS, FITNESS AND SWIMMING FACILITIES Amble has a combined fitness centre/swimming pool (The Granary Complex) 01665 710727
  Alnwick also has a sports centre including swimming pool (Willowburn Sports & Leisure Centre) 01665 605030
  Both of these centres will be able to advise on other sports/recreation facilities/clubs in the surrounding area.  
     
GARDEN CENTRES There are a number of excellent Garden Centres in the area including: the award winning "Heighley Gate" near Morpeth 01670 513416
  "Shades of Green"  in Ashington 01670 850818
  Swarland Road Garden Centre at Longframlington 01665 570382
  The Duchess of Northumberland's internationally renowned "Alnwick Garden", next to Alnwick Castle, is also well worth a visit.  
     
HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECOVERY CENTRES The Lionheart Enterprise Park at Alnwick is the main centre in the area for waste recovery and re-cycling where householders can dispose of their own bulky waste. 01665 534047
  The rear of Togston Club in Togston, the Marina and the car park by the garage in Amble and the Beach Road Car Park in Warkworth all have bottle recycling facilities.  
     
PEST CONTROL Any problems should be reported to Alnwick District Council 01665 510505
     
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Market Square, Amble.  Closed during the winter 01665 712313
     
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU In the Fourways Centre, Amble 01665 604714
     
SOCIAL SERVICES Alnwick Social Services 01665 603411
     
ALNWICK DISTRICT COUNCIL Email: customerservices@alnwick.gov.uk
Website: www.alnwick.gov.uk
01665 510505
     
AGE UK Alnwick 01665 510244
  General contact number 0845 1400088
     
THEATRE Alnwick Playhouse is an Arts Centre for the whole community.
email: info@alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or
Website: www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk
01665 510785
LOCAL PAPERS Northumberland Gazette 01665 602234
  The Newcastle Journal 0191 2327500
  The Evening Chronicle 0191 2327500
  Morpeth Herald 01670 517171
     
TAXI SERVICES
The taxi businesses listed opposite have been taken from the local paper/telephone directory and may not be totally comprehensive.
AA Taxis 01665 606060
Amble Taxis 01665 710988
East Coast Line Taxis 01665 710789
G & R Taxis 01665 710505
Harbour Cabs  01665 712232
Roseworth Taxis 01665 603911