History Articles - Deep And Chrisp

For six years I wrote a short history article in the monthly parish magazine, The Pelican.  One of the articles is shown in the column opposite.

Articles can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate title from the index below.

If anyone has any old photographs or parish information which they would like recorded (for present and future generations to share) then please get in touch with me.

    John Davison (Website Co-ordinator)
           Telephone: 01670 760609
      Email: jdavison26@btinternet.com

63   Dec 2011 We'll Weather the Weather
62   Nov 2011 Alan's Ackl'n Appearances
61   Oct 2011 Ackl'n Marriages 1913-14
60   Sep 2011 Old Photographs Required
59   Jul 2011 A Tower With A Tale To Tell
58   Jun 2011 A Well Kept Secret
57   May 2011 Fishy Business
56   Apr 2011 Acklington Warrior Stone
55   Mar 2011 The Church of St John
54   Feb 2011 Deep and Chrisp
53   Dec 2010 For Whom The Bell Tolls
52   Nov 2010 Which Village?
51   Oct 2010 A Pilot's Memories
50   Sep 2010 Acklington Black Poplar
49   Jul 2010 Street Names
48   Jun 2010 RAF Memorial
47   May 2010 Crowning Glory
46   Apr 2010 Badminton Club
45   Mar 2010 Murder On The Train
44   Feb 2010 Guyzance Tragedy
43   Dec 2009 Acklington Park
42   Nov 2009 Dye House (Part 2)
41   Sep 2009 Dye House (Part 1)
40   Jul 2009 History Making Heads
39   Jun 2009 Acklington Main Street
38   May 2009 James Raymond Smith
37   Apr 2009 The Age of Steam Trains
36   Mar 2009 Fred Wilson
35   Feb 2009 Guyzance School
34   Dec 2008 Acklington W.I.
33   Nov 2008 Lych Gate
32   Oct 2008 Village Hall Disaster
31   Sep 2008 Summer Crowds
30   Jul 2008 Spot The Differences
29   Jun 2008 Sunday School
28   May 2008 National Finalist
27   Apr 2008 What's in A Name
26   Mar 2008 Railway Inn
25   Feb 2008 Osprey
24   Dec 2007 The Guyzance 10
23   Nov 2007 Bowls Club
22   Oct 2007 Village Harvest
21   Sep 2007 Wedding Bliss
20   Jun 2007 The Other Acklington Artist
19   May 2007 The La'Well Tree
18   Apr 2007 The German Spy
17   Mar 2007 The Winter of 47
16   Feb 2007 Les Birkett's Memories
15   Jan 2007 Railway Station
14   Dec 2006 Jane Chapman
13   Nov 2006 Witches
12   Oct 2006 Jack Taylor
11   Sep 2006 Black Ralph
10   Aug 2006 School Photographs
09   Jul 2006 Pig Killings
08   Jun 2006 Village Hall Disaster
07   May 2006 Cricketers
06   Apr 2006 On Yer Bike
05   Apr 2006 Cricket
04   Mar 2006 Mailbag Robbery
03   Feb 2006 Storm of 1886
02   Jan 2006 Football
01   Dec 2005 Help Required


Snow and ice have been a real feature so far this winter.  Some younger parishioners have not seen so much snow before and yet we have had many wintry days in the past when the snow (as the well known carol puts it) “lay round about, deep and crisp and even”.  Here is a picture from 1978 showing a group of children who braved snow drifts often higher than themselves to get to their village school here in Acklington.  With them, enjoying the snow, are school staff members Mrs Edie Chrisp (Lunchtime Supervisor) and Mrs June Davison (School Secretary).

Sadly Edie Chrisp  died just before Christmas.  At the age of 87 she was the most senior member of the village and had lived in Acklington all her life.  As her boss during some of those school years I can testify that she was a superb lunchtime supervisory assistant (or “Dinner Lady” to use the term most folk prefer).  She always carried out her duties well and with a deep love for all those children in her care.  In turn, she was greatly loved and respected by everyone.  Even in latter years when she was housebound she would affectionately watch the youngsters from her bungalow window as they made their way to and from school each day.  Edie was a generous, loving and caring soul who contributed much to this community and she will be sadly missed.

Finally, with Edie and also with Valentine’s Day in mind, I leave you with this quote from the influential American clergyman and author Phillips Brooks…”Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”  Rest in peace dear Edie.  Thanks for all the memories and thanks for a job beautifully done.
                                                                                     John Davison.