Guyzance Bridge has been chosen as the main logo for the parish website as it epitomises the very strengths and qualities this website is aiming to achieve.

The bridge.....

* is at the heart of our parish;
* links the northern and southern areas of our parish which are divided by the River Coquet;
* aids communication between the two villages n our parish - Acklington and Guyzance;
* is strong, reliable, stylish and supportive;
* is used frequently and serves our parish well.

We hope, given time, that this website will be regarded as having qualities to match those of Guyzance Bridge.

Above all, we will strive to ensure that Acklington Parish Website always serves our community well.


Acklington Parish Council
has its own webpage
where you can see who
our councillors are.

 You can also, if you wish, ask a question, make a
point or raise a subject for discussion at a Parish Council meeting.

Just click on the APC Link below for more information.

ou can also read the minutes of the latest parish council meeting by clicking on the box below.




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
01670 761451


The Railway 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 to Fri
         All Day      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.



3rd Monday of each month from 8.00pm 

every Tuesday at 9.00pm
- every Wednesday from £20 per
   couple - including glass of house wine

   CURRY NIGHT - every Thursday.... £9.95 only, and this includes a free drink.


Did 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 country.

Did you know 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.



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 link below:


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 £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 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 - £99
Large Across Body Bag - £179
Bucket Shoulder Bag - £229

(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.



Welcome to
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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A five-day forecast for the parish of Acklington
as summarised in the latest BBC weather news.

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For more information click WEBSITE or BROCHURE

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 elsewhere!
You can 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 camera opposite.
St. Oswald’s Way is a long-distance walking route, exploring some of the finest landscapes and fascinating 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 (pictured opposite)
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.

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.

This 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 by
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 gratefully received.

To make contact, please click on the CONTACT US
button below and you will see the various ways
in which you can get in touch.


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There are many different
ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.

By clicking on the icons
above you can either
"like us on facebook" or "follow us on twitter"

.... or you can simply
browse this very informative and comprehensive website.

However you get your information it is so
 important to
keep up to date
with all that is going on
in this small but very
busy community.



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 lunchtime.

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 pounds.

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 “chaos”.

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 experiencing.

“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 company.

“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.


The following article was published in the 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 Prize.

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 turnip.

“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 refreshments.

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.


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 claimed.

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 assaults.

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 behaviour.

“We review staffing levels at all our prisons on a regular basis and will continue to monitor them at HMP Northumberland.”

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 these concerns.”

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 Northumberland.

“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 reality.

“You can’t cope with the situation without adequate, trained staff.”


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