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USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS

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.

 

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.


 
CLEARING RUBBISH

20 VILLAGERS CLEARED 65 KILOS OF LITTER!


Litter Picking Villager Chris Sayers

On Saturday 22nd April 2017, twenty public-minded volunteers from Acklington gathered together to clear rubbish from the village.

Event organiser, Alison Sharpe said, “Our litter pick is all about villagers working hard, having fun, and making Acklington a great village to live in.”



65 Kilos of litter were collected. Most of the collection was roadside rubbish thrown from cars, and included food packaging, soft drinks containers and glass bottles.

The largest item collected was a full-sized, double mattress.



Well done to everyone.  Our community is now a bit cleaner!
 

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.



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NEW 'WELCOME TO ACKLINGTON' VIDEO RELEASED



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.

CLICK HERE to view.

THE GREAT TESCO WALK



The Great Tesco Walk is a massive fund-raising event  to help prevent the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The unique relay walk from Land’s End to John O’ Groats started on 5th September and will end on 5th October, covering 2,400km over 51 legs.

On Saturday 23rd September the relay baton passed through Acklington.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RIGG & FURROW
FORTHCOMING EVENTS

DID YOU KNOW?
We have an extremely rare tree in our parish


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, 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 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.

 
 
Acklington once boasted a very proud RAF Station



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.

 

RECENT HISTORY

 


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.

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 the prices!

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

(Not kidding, honestly!)
 
 
NORTHUMBERLAND GEM IS A SUPER PLACE TO MILL AROUND

The following article was published in the Sunday Post on 6th December 2017



WITHIN a few minutes we can totally see why Mill House in Guyzance, Northumberland was a silver medal winner in the local tourism awards.

And why the B&B is one of literally a handful shortlisted as the best in the whole of the north of England.

It’s a gem, the sort of home from home that instantly makes you wish your abode really was like this.

And that owner Karen was your neighbour (when snow trapped everybody in a few years ago she dragged supplies on a sledge up hills to isolated neighbours).

The house wins us over just as much as this delightful one-woman force of nature.

It’s a 16th Century cottage, formerly part of the Guyzance Hall Estate and home to mill staff.

We read about one of the workers, Fred – he also served in the local Dad’s Army during the Second World War – in a personal testament Karen points out in the gorgeous sitting room, original beams catching the eye.

It’s the cosiest of country hideaways and every single thing has been done to the highest possible standard. Some, we learn, by Karen herself who donned dust masks to sand floorboards and hunted for period doors.

A former teacher, we wonder if there’s anything she can’t do. Will breakfast disappoint perhaps?

Don’t be silly. It’s simply sensational. All cooked on an Aga and with attention to detail you’d struggle to beat in the most high-end hotels.

Everything is perfection, from the porridge with honey and coconut milk to the full English, with the tomatoes marinated overnight. If there’s a better start to the day anywhere, I haven’t found it.



Mill House is the sort of place you could just settle down with a book in the garden to watch the deer on the hillside.

     

CHEERS!  PARLOUR SWAPS MILK FOR BEER

The following article was published in the Northumberland Gazette on 24th November 2017


Theo, Pippa, Louise and Robert Howie at the bar.

A Northumberland farmhouse brewery, launched in the former milking parlour of a dairy farm, is offering drinkers a taste of Christmas.

Rigg & Furrow Brewery, based at Acklington Park Farm and run by the Howie family, opened its new licensed bar and tasting room at the weekend with a special, festive gingerbread beer.

More than 100 people turned up for the tasting room launch.

Theo Howie said: “Today’s been a great occasion and an opportunity to say a big thank-you to everyone who’s supported us this year and a big cheers from the Howie family for our next year of brewery business."

Rigg & Furrow supplies its distinctive beer to more than 100 bars, venues and hotels.
    
NEW TASTING ROOM FOR NORTHUMBERLAND FARMHOUSE BREWERY

The following article was published in the Northumberland Gazette on 13th November 2017



A farmhouse brewery, launched in a former milking parlour less than a year ago, is launching a tasting room and licensed bar.

On Saturday, Rigg & Furrow farmhouse brewery, based at Acklington Park Farm near Morpeth, will formally open the tasting room, launch its new Christmas beer and mark its first nine months of business with a special event.


Pippa and Theo Howie at the Rigg & Furrow farmhouse brewery at Acklington.

So far in 2017, Rigg & Furrow has supplied its beer to more than 100 bars, venues and hotels from Scotland to Yorkshire, including well-known Northumberland and Tyneside venues such as The Office in Morpeth – the CAMRA North East pub of the year.

Bespoke, branded labels on bottles of beer to mark special occasions or weddings have proven particularly popular too.

It’s been 12 months of hard graft for the Howie family, who are behind the venture, which came about when Theo, a former music teacher and brewer from London, married farmer’s daughter Pippa. 

     
APPROVAL FOR CLOSURE OF ACKLINGTON SCHOOL

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 7th November 2017

The closure of Acklington CofE First School has been signed off by councillors and the final bell is set to ring in the summer.

In line with the recommendation at last week’s meeting of the county council’s family and children’s scrutiny committee, the decision-making cabinet voted on Tuesday that the school should stay open until the end of the academic year (August 31, 2018).

This is subject to final approval as it is different to what was originally proposed by the governing body of the James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) federation, which was to close at the end of next month.

The closure is based on the falling pupil numbers, which puts the school in a precarious financial situation as well as raising concerns about whether a broad curriculum can be provided to pupils alongside the impact on their emotional and social development.

    


SCHOOL CLOSURE MAY BE DELAYED BUT NOT HALTED

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 2nd November 2017

Councillors have recommended delaying the closure of a north Northumberland village first school by eight months – but that it should still go ahead.

As we reported last week, Northumberland County Council’s decision-making cabinet is recommended to approve the proposal of the governing body to close Acklington CofE First School.

The initial proposal was for the closure to take effect at the end of this year – December 31, but at this morning’s meeting of the council’s family and children’s services scrutiny committee, a majority of members were concerned that this was not an appropriate timescale.

Therefore, while voting by seven to zero to recommend the closure, against the wish of parents, members did vote by six to three to suggest that the school stays open until the end of the academic year (August 31, 2018). The final decision will be made at the cabinet’s meeting next Tuesday.

    


PRISON NEWS

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 image below.


 
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.