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.



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
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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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.


Plans have been submitted for 24 new homes west of Acklington Village Hall.  Details can be found on Northumberland County Council's website.  The closing date for comments or objections is 6th June.  To find out more please CLICK HERE


A consultation process has begun on the possible closure of Acklington C of E First School.  If the closure is approved then the official closure date will be 30th December 2017.  Such a decision would obviously have a major impact on our village community. 

To find out more about this proposal and to find out how you can make your views known, please CLICK HERE.

One way you can support the school is to sign the on-line 'Save Our School' petition. To do so, please CLICK HERE.

You can follow the press coverage of this story, and the parents fight to save the school, by clicking on the link below.


Acklington Scarecrow Trail will again take place this summer on 5th August. It is hoped the event is once more blessed with fine weather and, like previous years, turns out to be an equally memorable and enjoyable occasion for villagers and visitors alike.

Scarecrows will be on display from 11.00am - 4.30pm and this year there will be a separate children’s section (up to age 12) to view.

The best place to start the trail is at Acklington Village Hall where you can collect a map for £1 - proceeds in aid of Acklington Church.

Coffees, snacks and tasty homemade lunches will be
available, as usual, in the village hall.  Attractions will also include a tombola stall, bottle stall and book stall.

So why not get along to Acklington to view the impressive creations and sample what is on offer?

For more information contact Barbara (01670 760802)
Janet (01670 224122) or Margaret (01670 760214).

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.




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!)

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 28th June 2017

Mr Tony Simpson promoted

Tony Simpson has been replaced as director of HMP Northumberland after his promotion, but now has overall responsibility for five prisons, including the Acklington-based jail.

HMP Northumberland now has a new director in place after his predecessor was promoted to a new role.

Tony Simpson took on the role at the category C prison, which is run by private-sector operator Sodexo, in 2015, but he has now handed over to Nick Leader.

Sodexo UK & Ireland’s CEO of justice, Janine McDowell, said: “We appointed Nick Leader as director of HMP Northumberland in May to build on the progress achieved under Tony Simpson over the last two years.

“Nick brings 32 years of experience in the justice sector. He was director of HMP Peterborough for Sodexo for just over five years and was most recently CEO South of Sodexo’s probation business, responsible for three community rehabilitation companies.

“Tony Simpson has been promoted to director of operations of Sodexo’s custody business. “He now has overall responsibility for five prisons in England and Scotland, including HMP Northumberland.”


The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 22nd June 2017

The Parents of Acklington C of E First School would like to thank the local community and beyond for the support shown to us, our children and the school as we fight to keep it open.

We acknowledge that rural and church schools may close, but the case must be strong and carefully consider alternatives.

We were informed of the consultation by email on May 8, nearly four months after the decision was taken on January 19. The delay was attributed to local election purdah, but we are unsure of the relevance as Northumberland County Council isn’t involved at this stage.

A James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) working party held one meeting on January 4, to look at the school’s viability, but the minutes have been deemed confidential.

We have been given no information on any other options that have been considered other than closure.

At no point since the federation began have governors attempted to contact parents or community leaders privately to express concerns regarding the school’s future or elicit help and advice. Instead, their first act was to declare publicly the school unviable and undermine confidence that it was safe.


The following article was published by Chronicle Live on 16th June 2017

The festival organised by Let's Circus promises an action-packed bank holiday and many summer workshops for kids.

If you fancy running away to the circus, you need run no further than the Northumberland village of Guyzance.

That’s the rather unlikely location for a colourful and action-packed week-long festival – August 25 to September 1 – called Circus In A Field!

Or perhaps it’s not so very unlikely.

This will be the third time the summer circus festival has taken place on a private field in Guyzance, near the meandering River Coquet.

For Circus In A Field! that field will be transformed with circus big tops, outdoor rigs and a specially built ‘circus barn’.

The organisers, Newcastle-based Let’s Circus, promise kids’ summer workshops, intensive training for those with some circus experience and one big public event on the August 28 bank holiday.

This ‘festival in a day’ will be open to the public and feature world class circus performances from midday until 11pm.

Among the performers in the big tops will be The Hogwallops (presented by Lost In Translation), specialists in circus skills and physical comedy.

That's the way to do it! Mastering the tightwire

Also out to entertain on the big day will be international circus performers billed as stylish, contemporary and award-winning.

Live music, food and a bar will contribute to the festival atmosphere.

But the festival is also about enthusing youngsters with summer workshops scheduled for August 26, 27, 29 and 30.

Juggling, tightwire, plate-spinning and hula hoop will be among the specialist skills on offer.

The sessions are aimed at young people aged eight to 15 and parents can sign them up for all four days or just one of the sessions.

Organisers Helen Averley and Steve Cousins, of Let’s Circus, say the training element of the festival offers a “total immersion in circus”.

Roll up, roll up for a Northumberland circus festival

Student to teacher ratios, they add, are kept low and up to 40 workshops are offered each day, guaranteeing diversity and depth.

“It gives you the chance to eat, sleep and live circus surrounded by others who are all doing the same,” they say.

Alongside the kids’ summer workshops will be a programme of high level and focused training for serious circus enthusiasts.

An ‘acrobatics intensive’ session, taking place from August 25-27, will be led by acrobalance stars Forma Fortis who originated in Germany but are based in Durham.

Steve Cousins says: “We’ve been doing circus festivals and projects internationally for well over a decade now and created the festival to bring some of the best of what we’ve seen back home to Northumberland.

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 25th May 2017

Plans for a new residential scheme in a Northumberland village have been submitted to the county council.
On behalf of the applicant, Mr M Clippingdale, George F White has lodged a full application for 24 new homes in Acklington.

The proposed site for the new houses, which would include six three-bedroom, affordable homes, is to the west of Acklington Village Hall.

Site for proposed housing

According to a planning statement, ‘it is proposed to develop the site for 24 residential properties each providing their own garden/amenity areas and parking. An access road will be provided to serve all of the properties and will be to an adoptable standard’.

It adds: ‘The intention is to create spacious layout including a mix of properties, including three and four-bedroom, large, detached properties, bungalows and affordable properties. The aim is to provide choice to the housing market of Acklington and the surrounding area.’

In terms of the affordable homes, the intention is to provide them for rent in perpetuity ‘to supplement the four existing affordable homes that are already on site and which have proved extremely popular and with 100 per cent occupancy since their completion’.

The four existing affordable homes (two semi-detached blocks) were approved in 2013 in conjunction with the conversion of the buildings at Cavil Head Farm into 11 residential units.

The 18 open-market houses would be comprise two two-bedroom bungalows, six three-bedroom, detached houses and 10 four-bedroom detached houses.

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.