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.
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.
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FOR THE NEXT FIVE DAYS
A five-day forecast for the parish of Acklington
as summarised in the latest BBC weather news.
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 2014 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.
To view photographs of all the exhibits from
this year's scarecrow trail (and to find out
the winning entries) please click on the
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
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or you can simply
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However you get your information it is so
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with all that is going on
in this small but very
NEWS THIS MONTH
SUSPECTED CLASS A DRUG HAUL
FOUND IN HMP NORTHUMBERLAND
The following article was published
in the Evening Chronicle on 31st October 2014
A police probe is underway after suspected class A drugs
were seized at a jail where a riot broke out in March.
Officers at the 1,300-capacity HMP Northumberland jail,
near Acklington, raised the alarm when a large package
of powder was found during a routine search on Tuesday
Police say the haul includes other “illicit items” and a
substantial amount of a substance which, if proven to be
a class A drug, would be worth tens of thousands of
The firm which runs the jail - French company Sodexo -
has just been announced as the winner of a contract to
manage probation services Northumberland, Tyne and Wear.
A Sodexo Justice Services spokesman said: “We can
confirm that as the result of routine security measures
a substantial amount of illicit items including drugs
were seized at HMP Northumberland on Tuesday.
“The police investigation into the incident is ongoing
and we working with them to find those responsible.
“Safety and security of prisoners, staff and visitors is
always a top priority for Sodexo Justice Services as
this seizure demonstrates.”
The discovery follows a series of incidents at the
1,300-capacity Category C prison, including a riot in
March which saw inmates take over a wing.
It has also been revealed how staff numbers at HMP
Northumberland fell from 441 to 270 from 2010 to 2013 -
a drop of 39% and prison officers have described the
Category C jail as “a powder keg waiting to explode”.
Mike Quinn, for the Northumbria Branch of Napo, said the
revelation is further evidence that the jail is in
He said: “The discovery of a substantial amount of drugs
at HMP Northumberland will surely come as a massive blow
to Sodexo, who just yesterday were announced as
preferred bidders for the private probation contract in
the Northumberand, Tyne and Wear.
“The toxic mix of staff cuts and the availability of
such a quantity of drugs is highly likely to be
contributing to the problems the prison is currently
“Of course the public are protected from this chaos in a
custodial environment, it’s our colleagues working in
the prison who are out at risk by the decisions of the
“This is the danger the Government are talking by
handing Sodexo a monopoly on punishment and
rehabilitation in the area.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “Police were
called at 1.05pm on Tuesday and received information
from HMP Northumberland that a quantity of what is
suspected to be drugs had been found.
“A quantity of what is believed to be class A drugs has
been seized and will now need to be tested. Inquiries
are ongoing and we are working closely with the prison.”
Anyone with information should call 101 ext 69191 or
Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
VILLAGE HOSTS QUIRKY DISPLAY
The following article was published
Northumberland Gazette on 9th October 2014
A piece of work to feature at the exhibition
A quirky take on a world-renowned and prestigious
accolade will form part of Acklington Art Group’s
upcoming exhibition later this month.
In a comic twist, a series of interesting and
thought-provoking art installations will go on show in a
bid to win the Turnip Prize – a spoof of the Turner
The eye-catching creations will be included among other
pieces of work in the exhibition, which will give people
the chance to view the varied and interesting crafts
produced by the group.
Sylvia McClure said: “As an added interest and for a bit
of fun, we have decided to hold a spoof Turner Prize
exhibition, calling it The Turnip Prize.
“Visitors will be asked to vote for their favourite and
the winning artist will be presented with a golden
“We are hoping that The Turnip Prize exhibition will
play a significant role in provoking debate about visual
art in Acklington and will become recognised as the most
prestigious art award in the village.
“We also make pretty good cakes so come along and make
it a social occasion with your friends.”
The exhibition takes place at Acklington Village Hall,
on Sunday, October 26, from 11am to 4.30pm.
Entry is free and there will also be a raffle and
The Turner Prize, named after the painter JMW Turner, is
an annual prize presented to a British visual artist
under the age of 50.
Awarding the prize is organised by the Tate Gallery and
staged at Tate Britain.
Since its beginnings in 1984 it has become the UK’s
most-publicised art award.
It represents all media and notable artists to have
exhibited work include Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.
This year’s exhibition opened at the end of September.
PROBATION OFFICERS FEAR VIOLENCE AT 'TINDERBOX' PRISON
The following article was published in
the Newcastle Journal on August 21st 2014
A North East prison is like a "tinderbox" after the
number of prison officers there was slashed, it has been
Probation workers fear visiting HMP Northumberland, near
Acklington, after an officer was hospitalised by an
inmate on August 9th.
NAPO Northumbria branch chairman Mike Quinn said staff
cuts at the jail, run by private firm Sodexo, have led
to a "violent culture"
He described the Category C jail as “like a tinderbox”
and claims cash is being exchanged for prisoner
It has been revealed how staff numbers at HMP
Northumberland fell from 441 to 270 from 2010 to 2013 -
a drop of 39%.
Mr Quinn said: “We are becoming increasingly alarmed at
reports about conditions at HMP Northumberland.
“Members report to me that the atmosphere within the
prison is tense and are concerned that if an incident
were to take place that there would simply not be the
staff to deal with it.”
It comes as Eoin McLennan Murray, president of the
Prison Governors Association, revealed Justice Secretary
Chris Grayling’s austerity drive is making it impossible
to run a jail safely. He said this week: “We haven’t
been able to recruit the numbers we need.”
Private firm Sodexo took over the running of the jail in
December 2013, after HMP Acklington and HMP Castington
merged two years before.
Mr Quinn added: “Worryingly, we’ve learnt that money may
be changing hands between prisoners in order for
assaults to be undertaken between prisoners. This will
result in not only danger to prisoners, but also the
staff employed at the prison.
“Prisoners are reporting to our members that they’re
submitting applications to see healthcare professionals,
to access education opportunities or to attend
rehabilitative programmes, only to not hear back.”
The union boss accused Chris Grayling of “destroying any
hopes of rehabilitation” with cuts.
He said: “Just a fortnight ago we saw a prison officer
hospitalised having been attacked by a prisoner. But our
concerns extend further than this, if the prison is
truly to release people back into the community having
learnt something from their time in prison, then Sodexo
need to invest the right resources.
“For us, that’s the overriding concern. Businesses
taking over organisations such as prisons, and soon the
probation service, have a primary aim of making money
for their shareholders.”
A Sodexo Justice Services spokesperson said: “Staffing
levels for prison visits have remained unchanged since
Sodexo took over the contract and the number of
prisoners attending daily appointments has improved.
“We monitor incidents in the prison very closely, and
there is no evidence of any change in levels of violent
“We review staffing levels at all our prisons on a
regular basis and will continue to monitor them at HMP
The spokesman added: “We can confirm an employee at HMP
Northumberland was injured during an incident with a
prisoner on Saturday August 9.”
Sir Alan Beith, Lib Dem MP for Berwick, said: “I have
raised with ministers on several occasions my concerns
that the staffing levels at HMP Northumberland may not
be adequate to maintain a safe prison and achieve
effective resettlement, and I will continue to raise
Labour peer Jeremy Beecham added: “Staffing at the jail
was cut by a third.
“Chris Grayling is in denial about the extent of this
problem and this is reflected clearly at HMP
“Staffing is becoming a widespread problem. Not only in
private prisons, all have taken a big hit and it is all
part and parcel of an approach which ignores the
“You can’t cope with the situation without adequate,
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