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 interesting
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.
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
The largest item collected was a full-sized, double
Well done to everyone. Our community is now a bit
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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'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.
Applications have been received, and are being
considered, for two new residential housing estates in
Acklington Village. 22 new homes to the west of
the village hall and 19 new houses to the east of the
To read more about the Rigg
please click on one of the beer labels below.
We have an extremely rare tree in our
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
Black Poplars can grow up to one hundred
feet tall and appear in many of
Constable's paintings, including the Hay
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
Acklington once boasted a very proud RAF
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
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 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
Medium Across Body Bag
Large Across Body Bag
Bucket Shoulder Bag
(Not kidding, honestly!)
Undoubtedly, however, the
paramount Acklington attraction
in the world of fashion are
these modern iconic black leather ankle boots
by Belstaff which incorporate
belt fastenings. The
'Acklington Boots,' as they are
named, will set you back a mere
£450 per pair. Now get
your wallet out!
NARROW APPROVAL FOR NEW HOMES IN ACKLINGTON VILLAGE
following article was published by the Northumberland
Gazette on 26th February 2018
controversial bid for a new housing development in
the village of Acklington has been given the
go-ahead – but it was very much a split decision.
At their meeting last Thursday, members of the
county council’s North Northumberland Local Area
Council voted by five votes to four, with one
abstention, to approve plans for 22 new homes on
land west of the village hall.
Four of the properties – two pairs of three-bedroom
dwellings – would be affordable, while the remaining
18 would be four-bedroom houses.
A planning statement said that the affordable units
would ‘supplement the four existing affordable homes
that are already on site and which have proved
extremely popular with 100 per cent occupancy since
These were approved in 2013 in conjunction with the
conversion of the buildings at Cavil Head Farm into
11 residential units, but objectors raised questions
about how popular they were, claiming people known
to the developer had occupied them.
The affordable homes were also of concern to Coun
Steven Bridgett, who did not think they should be
‘segregated’ from the market housing, although the
planning officer pointed out that they had simply
been located next to the existing affordable homes
on the site.
The objector speaking at the meeting raised a number
of areas where she felt this application didn’t
conform with planning policy and said: “This
development is not satisfying any local need – we do
not feel a need for any more houses on open fields
in the village.”
However, the applicant’s agent Craig Ross, of George
F White, said: “The site is in a sustainable
location, the development meets the three strands of
sustainability (economic, social and environmental)
and would help support services nearby.”
As well as the affordable homes, a legal agreement
will be signed to secure a contribution of £39,600
for first/primary education and £600 per home
Coun Jeff Watson also proposed that the developer to
fund interactive speed signs on the western approach
to the village.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF TAKING PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE INTO
following article was published by the ChronicleLive on 25th February 2018
has appeared in court accused of taking a
psychoactive substance into a prison.
Kirsty Wilson, from South Shields, is alleged to
have brought the drug into HMP Northumberland while
on a visit on September 30 last year.
The 29-year-old was in the dock at South East
Northumberland Magistrates’ Court on Thursday to
face one count of bringing a list A prohibited
article into prison.
Because of the seriousness of the charge, no pleas
were taken and she spoke only to confirm her name,
date of birth, address and nationality.
James Long, prosecuting, said: “This matter is
indictable only and I would invite you to send it to
the crown court.”
The court was told Wilson, of Masefield Drive, South
Shields, had allegedly taken a “new psychoactive
substance” or “NSS” into the Acklington jail.
Magistrates released Wilson on unconditional bail to
next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on March 23rd.
NEW HOMES APPROVED IN NORTHUMBERLAND VILLAGES
following article was published by the Northumberland
Gazette on 22nd February 2018
The site of the approved housing in Acklington.
New homes have been approved in two north
Northumberland villages today, but three other
schemes were withdrawn.
Earlier today, we reported that developments in
Acklington, Bamburgh, Lucker and Seahouses were set
for the go-ahead while another in Whitton was
recommended for refusal at this afternoon's meeting
of the county council's North Northumberland Local
At the start of the meeting, it was announced that
the Bamburgh, Seahouses and Whitton schemes had been
withdrawn from the agenda.
Decisions on homes in Acklington and Lucker did go
The scheme for 22 properties in Acklington, on land
to the west of the village hall, including four
affordable homes, was approved by five votes to four
with one abstention.
COMMENT FROM ACKLINGTON PARISH COUNCILLOR
To all the residents in Acklington parish
that filled in an objection letter, or
emailed NCC direct, to object to the housing
development on the land west of the village
I am so sorry to inform you our objection
fell on deaf ears, by 1 vote, so near but a
I would like to thank you all for your help
in this and I need to thank a few folks by
name:- Mr Paul Glover for his help and
guidance; Mrs Tessa Sayers for her brilliant
comments and speech at the meeting
yesterday, and my darling husband for his
PARISH CLERK TACKLING 10K CHALLENGE IN PARENTS'
following article was published by Northumberland
on 8th February 2018
Brown, picture below, is preparing to run a 10k race
The determined clerk of Acklington Parish Council is
putting on her running shoes to raise money for a
cancer charity, after losing her parents to the
Elaine Brown is planning to take part in a 10k race
each month throughout 2018, in aid of Gosforth-based
Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care.
Elaine, who lives in Newbiggin, is all too aware of
the devastating impact that cancer can have, after
witnessing family members suffer.
She said: “I lost my mum at a young age in 1988 and
my dad in 2014, both to cancer.
Members of my maternal and paternal extended
families have also been impacted by this
“In 2018, I start being screened for abnormal cells
as a precautionary measure.
“I started running about a year ago, it’s more of a
run/walk that I do, but it’s a start!
I’m challenging myself to run a 10k race each month
in 2018 because I want to improve my running and I’m
also doing it for my cousin Heather, who has been
battling cancer since 2013 and continues to do so.
She has really been through the mill, but she has
such determination to carry on.”
Elaine, a member of Ashington Hirst Running Club,
ran the Dalton Park 10k at the weekend, knocking
seven minutes off her personal best time to finish
Other 10k races on her to-do list include Cragside
and Druridge Bay.
To sponsor her, please click on the 'Daft as a
Brush' logo below:
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
If you want to see the stories from Acklington
parish that made the news during the last few years,
you can do so by clicking on the links below.