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.
USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS
We have put together a list of some local, useful and
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.
A VERY SPECIAL TREE
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
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.
A PROUD BASE INDEED!
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
Acklington is obviously a very prestigious name in the
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
Large Across Body Bag
Bucket Shoulder Bag
(Not kidding, honestly!)
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
PARISH NEWS IN 2014
From a road closure to a weddings exhibition to a
prison riot.... see what parish stories made the
news in 2014.
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These sales are always very popular so please note
the date on your calendar and book a table early (only 10-12 tables available) if you wish to
sell goods. Telephone Alison on 01670 761451 for
ADMISSION £1 (this includes a drink) ALL WELCOME
We hope to have lots of outdoor play in the village
hall’s lovely garden this term, but rain or shine
here’s what’s coming up in our next session:
27th May – ‘What can we do with a cardboard box?’
Is it a plane, car or boat? Let your imagination run
Toddler Express is also up and running – come
and ride the train!
If you would like ‘Sing with Me’ to be a regular
event, please let us know and we will arrange for
Avril to come again.
For more information please ring 01670 760335
RECENT PARISH EVENTS
THANK YOU to the volunteers
who turned out for the recent VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN and
Their efforts are very much
as a result our village is much tidier.
On 13th and 14th December there was an
of nativity cribs in St John's
To see more pictures from
the "Cribs in
click on the figure of
NATIONAL SECURITY BACK-UP CALLED TO HMP
NORTHUMBERLAND NINE TIMES IN TWO YEARS
following article was published by ChronicleLive on
Sunday 10th May 2015
Information released by the Ministry of Justice
reveal there were nine calls for help from staff
from other jails at HMP Northumberland in two years.
HMP Northumberland at Acklington Northumberland
National security squads were called to a North East
prison twice within 12 months.
Information released following a freedom of
information request revealed Tornado response teams
were called to HMP Northumberland in March and
November last year. However, the overall number of
times teams from nearby jails had been called was
In December 2013 the Acklington prison was taken
over by Sodexo and immediately a number of jobs were
cut. In the following 17 months a number of high
profile incidents have taken place at the prison and
an inspection from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of
Prisons raised a number of concerns.
From 2013 to the start of 2015 there were nine
incidents which resulted in the jail calling for
external support from neighbouring prisons. Four
took place in 2013, three in 2014 - including two
incidents which required a response from a Tornado
team - and in January this year there were a further
The first call for the Tornado task-force was in
March when around 50 inmates took over a wing. In
November, six cells were set on fire and inmates
then refused to return to their cells, prompting
In January this year a stand off which began as a
complaint about the standard of food resulted in
staff being dispatched to help prison officers at
Tornado is a national programme of mutual aid
between jails in England and Wales to help respond
to serious incidents.
A Sodexo Justice Services spokesman said: “Safety
and security is our top priority at HMP
Northumberland. Prisons are challenging environments
to manage, and our staff are trained to resolve the
majority of situations locally.
“Like any prison, occasionally the nature of an
incident will require assistance from national
resources with specialist training.”
INMATES STAGE FOUR-HOUR PROTEST AT TROUBLED PRISON
following article was published in the Evening
Friday 24th April 2015
Prisoners staged a rooftop protest at HMP
Northumberland, resulting in a four-hour stand-off.
Two inmates climbed onto a low roof at the
Acklington jail at around 6pm on Thursday, staying
there until past 10pm.
Police were made aware of the situation but did not
The incident is the latest in a long line at the
troubled prison, which came under fire in a report
published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons
In February, a riot almost broke out over cold food
being served to inmates and the national tactical
response unit was called in to control the
Thursday’s protest follows a similar one at HMYOI
Deerbolt in County Durham earlier this month, where
two men - one wielding a hammer - scaled the roof.
A spokesman for Sodexo Justice Services, which
controls the privately-run HMP Northumberland, said:
“We can confirm there was an incident last night at
HMP Northumberland where two prisoners held a
protest on a low roof.
“The prisoners surrendered peacefully.”
ACKLINGTON PILOTS MARK 50 YEARS
following article was published in the
Northumberland Gazette on
Thursday 23rd April 2015
RAF Acklington graduates in April 1965.
This Saturday and Sunday, a group of retired Royal
Air Force pilots are holding a reunion at the Linden
Hall Golf and Country Club to celebrate 50 years
since graduation as RAF pilots and receiving their
The group of aspiring pilots who assembled at RAF
Acklington for No 174 Course on May 26, 1964, had
just completed their Initial Officer Training at
South Cerney in Gloucestershire.
parade slow march past of the class of 1965.
In 1964, No 6 Flying Training School (FTS) was one
of five schools at the time (the others were located
at Leeming, Linton-on-Ouse, Church Fenton and
The school originated in 1917, training Army pilots
for First World War fighting. Disbanded after
the end of the war, the school was revived briefly
between 1920 and 1922 before disbanding again.
As re-armament accelerated, No 6 FTS reformed in
1935. During its history, the FTS boasted Wing
Commander Guy Gibson VC, of Dambusters fame, as one
of its pupils and other early graduates gained 727
honours, including five Victoria Crosses and 51
Distinguished Service Orders.
In 1961, 6 FTS moved to RAF Acklington equipped with
the Hunting Jet Provost training aircraft and
remained there until disbandment in 1968.
Acklington had few, if any, permanent buildings and,
instead, comprised a village of wooden huts,
Only a minority of students owned cars so the
station hosted an active weekend social scene,
unlike the schools further south within easier reach
of London. Locally, the Dirty Bottles in Alnwick was
exceptionally popular as it appeared to be,
coincidentally, with the Teacher Training College!
Basic pilot training at the time was ‘all through’
on jets and assumed no previous flying experience.
The Jet Provost Mk 3 and Mk 4 were two-seat
side-by-side jet trainers with a single Armstrong
Siddeley Viper engine. The course comprised
some 160 flying hours of which about 110 were dual,
under the supervision of an instructor, and about 50
The Passing Out Parade on April 22, 1965, saw the
cherished award of the pilot’s brevet.
Thirteen of the original 19 graduates will join
together for dinner at Linden Hall on Saturday at
which Squadron Leader (Retired) Stuart Miller will
propose the toast to ‘Absent Friends’.
PUPILS LEFT PUZZLING OVER CHALLENGE DAY
following article was published by the
Northumberland Gazette on
Thursday 26th March 2015
A north Northumberland first school hosted a
schools’ puzzle challenge day last week after
receiving a Kickstart Grant for British Science
The event at Acklington Village Hall was hosted by
Acklington CE First School last Thursday.
at Acklington First School enjoy the activities
during their puzzle challenge day.
During the day, pupils were joined by some of the
children from Amble First School, Amble Links First
School, Broomhill First School, Grange View CE First
School and Red Row First School to experience
practical team puzzling and problem-solving
activities, as presented by the Happy Puzzle
The company’s programmes use large 3D team puzzles
and challenges, which all look incredibly easy until
the students start trying to solve them.
Educational psychologist and programme creator Gavin
Ucko said: “It’s learning without a pen and paper
and it gives teachers a rare opportunity to take a
step back and watch their students in action.
“Often, it’s the students you least expect to excel,
who turn out to be incredible leaders and the
inspiration that leads a group to success.”
Joint acting headteacher Gail Van Schalkwyk said:
“We are very excited about this project and
extremely proud to have the opportunity to host the
Happy Puzzle Company.
“Developing inquiring minds and resilient children
is at the heart of Acklington CE First School’s
curriculum. We are delighted to be able to share
this learning opportunity with others schools in the
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