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.




We have put together a list of some local, useful and interesting websites.

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.


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.


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. 

Furthermore, this year 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 competition.

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 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!)

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 below.




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Contact Alison on 01670 761451 to book a stall

Proceeds in aid of Acklington Community Team


Thank you if you voted for Acklington's black poplar tree in the national "Tree of the Year" competition.  The tree came seventh in the contest.  Considering it is so far north, and in a sparsely populated corner of the country, the tree did well even to reach the finals – and to get seventh was remarkable.  At least we can truthfully say that this “poplar” (having out-scored the Cumbrian tree) is the most “popular” tree in the whole of the north of England this year.

The winning tree in this year's contest was the Cubbington Pear Tree in Warwickshire (pictured below).

Highways England is the new public company responsible for the strategic road network in England. We are responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating the country’s 1,300 miles of motorways and major A-roads.

We are currently developing a package of improvements for the A1 in Northumberland route.  You may have heard about this programme of work before, when it was called the “A1 North of Newcastle”.  Following feedback from stakeholders, the name has been changed to “A1 in
Northumberland”.  To find out more about the proposed improvements, including a summary of the current
progress and outline of what will happen next, please click on the link below:

                                 CLICK HERE 


The following article was published in the Newcastle Journal on Friday 20th November

Today we are publishing the 2015 edition of The Most Influential People in the North East.  It is our guide to the people who make the greatest difference to life in the region.

We have freshened up this year’s list to ensure that our much-anticipated annual publication comes as near as possible to being the definitive run-down of the people who really make a difference to life in the North East.

Now clocking in at 292 names, the 2015 list contains persuasive, innovative, dynamic and pioneering leaders in their fields.

It contains heads of business, council officials, sporting icons, philanthropists, chefs, cultural chiefs, scientists, media pacesetters and politicians.

Some people are included because of their job, others because of voluntary and community work, but more than often it requires a combination of both to qualify as a real “mover-and-shaker”.

Amongst those listed this year is Chris Sayers from Acklington.

Mr Chris Sayers

Chris is chairman of the board of governors at Northumbria University, Newcastle. He joined the board as an external member in November 2010, becoming chairman in July 2012 and was reappointed for a second three-year term as from November 2013.

Until 2012, Chris was the BT Group regional director for the North East. He has served as a non-executive director of the Government Office for the North East. Currently he is a non-executive director of Arch, which is the Northumberland development company which has a county-wide remit to attract investment and deliver development and regeneration.

With his wife Tessa, he is joint chair of a board of trustees for a charity running two orphanages in Tamil Nadu, India.

Well done Chris for making such a significant difference to this part of the world. 


The following article was published in the Newcastle Journal on Saturday 14th November

The ancient black poplar tree in Northumberland narrowly lost out in the Woodland Trust competition

Children from Acklington First School playing under the shadows of the 250 year old Black Poplar tree in the school grounds.

A rare old tree saved from the axe was pipped at the post to be crowned Britain’s favourite.

The Acklington Poplar in Northumberland was in the running for Britain’s Tree of the year.

But another tree - this one also at risk of being felled - won the competition after scoring thousands of public votes.

The black poplar in the grounds of Acklington CofE First School was one of ten shortlisted in the Woodland Trust’s Tree of the Year competition.

Estimated to be between 250 and 300 years old, it was in 2010 to be felled when health and safety bosses announced it was a risk to pupils in high winds.

But pupils, school staff and villagers fought the bid and the tree - now centrepiece of the school logo - was saved.

The black poplar is one of the rarest native trees in the UK, with only 2,500 thought to be left. The trust received more than 230 nominations to reach the shortlist of ten.

The Acklington tree is thought to be the only black poplar in Northumberland and possibly the most northerly in Europe.

The school opened in 1853 – when the tree was already an old timer.

John Davison, a former head teacher at the school, lives in the school house and has a fine view of the tree from his kitchen window.

He said: “It is a majestic specimen and a haven for many small creatures, including owls, woodpeckers, red squirrels, bats and insects. I love it.

“Like all trees, it occasionally lost twigs and bits of branches in windy conditions but I thought if it was properly managed and perhaps pruned, there was no need for it to be felled.

“It is most likely the oldest living thing in Acklington parish and has seen all the children go through the school from 1853.”

The Acklington poplar lost out to an ancient pear tree - which lies in the proposed path of the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Cubbington pear tree

The Cubbington Pear Tree near the village of Cubbington in Warwickshire sits on the proposed phase one line of the new rail route and is facing the possibility of being uprooted once construction begins.

The Woodland Trust, which runs the competition, said that more than 10,000 votes were cast by the public in favour of the winner.

To read the full article, please click on the link below.


If you want to see the stories from Acklington parish that made the news last year (from a road closure - to a weddings exhibition - to a prison riot) then you can do so by clicking on the link below.


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