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.
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
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
KEEP UP TO DATE
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ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.
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browse this very informative and comprehensive website.
However you get your information it is so
keep up to date
with all that is going on
in this small but very
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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PROJECTS OF INTEREST TO PARISHIONERS
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
progress and outline of what will happen next,
please click on the link below:
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
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
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.
ACKLINGTON POPLAR PIPPED AT POST BY PEAR FOR TREE
OF THE YEAR
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
from Acklington First School playing under the
shadows of the 250 year old Black Poplar tree in the
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
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.
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
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.
PARISH NEWS LAST YEAR
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.
You can explore the full
parish website by clicking
the following links: