Within this website there are web pages on each of the
following parish groups or organisations.
Just click on a blue button below to find out more.
Acklington Community Team has sponsored a 'Welcome to
Acklington' video. The team reckons the village is
the friendliest in Northumberland and their mission is
to "work together, have fun and make Acklington a great
village to live in." They have certainly produced
an excellent three and a half minute village guide.
To view the video, please click on the banner
USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS
We have put
together a list of some local, useful and interesting
Whether you want to contact your MP, see what's on at
the Playhouse, receive help from the local Citizens
Advice Bureau, view job vacancies, or simply browse some
good sites, a couple of clicks may get you there.
PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY
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 'Rigg and Furrow', a
farmhouse brewery recently established at Acklington
Park, is among 15 breweries in the north east to feature
in the Good Beer Guide 2018.
To read more about this successful enterprise, please
click on the Rigg and Furrow beer label below.
ST OSWALD'S WAY
St. Oswald’s Way
is a long-distance walking route, exploring some
of the finest landscapes and fascinating history of
Northumberland. The route runs through the centre
of our parish.
To find out more, please click on the button
KEEP UP TO DATE
There are many different
ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.
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However you get your information it is so
keep up to date
with all that is going on
in this small but very
You can explore the full
parish website by clicking
on the following links:
This website has been
designed to provide a central
source of information for Acklington Parish. You
navigate the website by using the blue menu bar above or
via the sitemap at the bottom left of this page.
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SITES FOR NEW HOUSING
Applications have been received, and are being
considered, for two new residential housing estates in
Acklington Village. 22 new homes to the west of
the village hall and 19 new houses to the east of the
Should you wish to know more about the exhibition or
Acklington Art Group, please contact Anne Cairns on:
We have an extremely rare tree in our
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.
Furthermore, in 2015 the tree made the
national final in the Woodland's Trust's
"Tree of the Year" contest (the only
tree in the north east to have done so)
and came a commendable seventh in the
Black Poplars can grow up to one hundred
feet tall and appear in many of
Constable's paintings, including the Hay
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
Acklington once boasted a very proud RAF
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
For more information press
the RECENT HISTORY link button below.
Acklington is obviously a very
prestigious name in the fashion world
Acklington gives its name to a
style of men's trousers which
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 is one of Britain's
highly recognised designer
brands in leather bags.
Its flagship store is based in
London at 92 Kings Road and one
of their lines in handbags is
called "The Acklington Family"
Obviously the name "Acklington"
suggests high quality... as do
Medium Across Body Bag
Large Across Body Bag
Bucket Shoulder Bag
(Not kidding, honestly!)
Undoubtedly, however, the
paramount Acklington attraction
in the world of fashion are
these modern iconic black
leather ankle boots by Belstaff
which incorporate belt
'Acklington Boots,' as they are
named, will set you back a mere
£450 per pair. Now get
your wallet out!
CELLS IN SHORT SUPPLY AT PACKED NORTHUMBERLAND
The following article was
22nd August 2018 by the Northumberland Gazette
Northumberland is running out of cells, with
campaigners warning that the safety of staff and
inmates is at risk as the prison population
The latest Ministry of Justice figures show that the
prison has capacity for 1,348 inmates. In July, it
was operating at 99% of its capacity, with room for
just 11 more prisoners.
NEW YOUTH ZONE SET UP AT COUNTY PRISON
The following article was
published on 22nd August 2018 by the
A charity which supports children with a parent or
relative in prison has received a funding boost to
help expand the service into HMP Northumberland.
Thanks to funding from the likes of the Wellesley
Trust and the High Sheriff of Northumberland, Nepacs
has been able to start a youth zone at the
Acklington jail, as well as recruit youth worker
Youth zones allow young people to find a safe place
to relax while waiting for their visit and share
their thoughts. The funding has enabled Nepacs –
which also receives financial support from BBC
Children in Need and Comic Relief – to buy games and
furniture for the new youth zone, which will be open
for young people visiting their imprisoned parent or
relative at HMP Northumberland on weekends and
during school holidays.
A group of young people who were visiting the prison
worked with the Nepacs team in the visitors’ centre
to share their ideas on what should be available in
the youth zone and went shopping with the team to
The new Nepacs youth worker for HMP Northumberland
will coordinate activities for young people waiting
to go into visits, provide activities in the visits
hall and organise transport and accompany young
people in regional youth project activities.
Helen Attewell of
Helen Attewell, chief executive of Nepacs, said:
“Young people who have visited HMP Northumberland
had told us that they would like an area designed
for older children with age-appropriate games and
activities, and somewhere they can go to have some
space while they wait for their visit.
“We are delighted to have received this funding, as
it will enable us to develop the youth project at
the prison.” The youth project is recruiting
volunteers to the project.
PRISON VISITOR KICKS £10k WORTH OF DRUGS TO
INMATE DURING VISIT
The following article was
published on 20th August 2018 by ChronicleLive
A dopey prison visitor was spotted kicking £10k
worth of drugs to an inmate during a visit to
HMP Northumberland in full view of CCTV cameras.
Jason Cheesy was caught on camera 'playing football'
with the illicit package during an 'inept' attempt
to smuggle drugs into the jail at Acklington.
Cheesy may have thought he was being discreet as he
dropped the illicit items to the floor and “played
football” with them to make sure the package reached
the man he was visiting.
But the blatant drug deal was easily spotted by
staff at HMP Northumberland and had been clearly
captured on cameras.
FINAL BELL HAS SOUNDED FOR ACKLINGTON SCHOOL
The following article was
published on 26th July 2018 by the Northumberland
A special party was staged at Acklington C of E
First School last Friday to mark the closing of its
doors for the final time.
Well-wishers gathered to see memorabilia, recall old
times and sample delights provided by the Women’s
The children enjoyed a bouncy castle and, ahead of
the closure, they went on a number of trips and
attended a leavers’ service.
The school was part of the James Calvert Spence
College (JCSC) federation.
Neil Rodgers, executive headteacher at JCSC,
described the closure as a sad day. He said:
“Everyone associated with the school will miss it
being at the heart of the community.
I’m delighted that the children have gone on to find
the first schools of their choice to move on to and
I hope to see them again in the future at JCSC.”
The decision to close the school was based on
falling pupil numbers.
HMP Northumberland (formerly known as HMP
Acklington) lies on the southern edge of our parish.
It is often featured in the news. To read the
latest prison news stories, please click on the
RECENT PARISH NEWS
If you want to see the stories from Acklington
parish that made the news during the last few years,
then you can do so by clicking on the links below.