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.
A Temporary Traffic Regulation Order as follows has been
requested for the C102 Acklington Junction to Guyzance
Lee Junction. It is expected that the road will only be
closed on the 24th April 2017 until the 2nd June 2017.
The closure has been requested by Northumberland County
Council for masonry re-pointing, carriageway resurfacing
and drainage installation/repair between the hours of
09:30 and 15:30 during this period.
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.
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
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HOUSING PLANNED BESIDE VILLAGE HALL
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
COULD 2017 BE THE FINAL YEAR
FOR ACKLINGTON SCHOOL?
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
To find out more about this proposal and to find out how
you can make your views known, please
One way you can support the school is to sign the
on-line 'Save Our School' petition. To do so, please
You may also wish to attend the forum meeting in the
village hall on 25th May. See poster 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!)
FIGHT TO SAVE VILLAGE SCHOOL GATHERS PACE
The following article was published by
the Northumberland Gazette on 17th May 2017
A petition and fund-raising campaign have been
launched in a desperate bid to save a village school
Last week, the Gazette reported that the governing
body of James Calvert Spence College (JCSC)
Federation has started a consultation on a proposal
to shut Acklington C of E First School at the end of
With 13 children on the roll, falling pupil numbers
and the impact this has on the education provided
has been cited as the main reason for closing the
The governing body also says that the buildings are
dilapidated and the mobile classrooms are beyond
repair and would need replacing.
The consultation document states that all pupils
would be found places at other local schools, but
staff could be at risk of redundancy.
The news has caused dismay in the community and
sparked objectors into action.
An online petition has been started to try to save
the school, which is described by campaigners as
wonderful and one-of-a-kind in the area.
The petition – signed by more than 300 people so far
and available at tinyurl.com/kkrn4lc – states: ‘The
children love the school and it would be awful for
them to see it go.’
Alongside this, an online campaign to raise £80,000
to help buy new mobile classrooms has been launched
A statement from concerned parents reads: ‘We are
devastated by the news that the federation is
consulting about closure. ‘This has come as a huge
shock and the needs of the federation’s youngest
children have been overlooked. We feel that
governors have been hasty to propose closure before
fully exploring effective alternatives.’
The Save Our School Acklington C Of E First School
page has been started on Facebook. Messages from
pupils, saying how much they love the school and how
they want it to stay open, have been posted on it.
NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOL WITH JUST 13 PUPILS FACES
The following article was published by
the MailOnline on 15th May 2017
Parents battle to save one of Britain's smallest
schools where just 13 PUPILS are educated after it
was taken over by college federation that says it's
not 'financially viable'
• Acklington Village First School, in
Northumberland, may close by Christmas
• James Calvert Spence College Federation took over
school's governance in 2015
• Federation says falling pupil numbers (it has
capacity for 45) and rising costs mean school is
draining resources from larger schools
• Five other first schools are within 7-mile radius,
closest of which is 1.3 miles away
Parents have launched a fight to save one of the
country's smallest schools - which currently has
just 13 pupils - from closure.
A consultation has begun which could see Acklington
Village First School, in Northumberland, shut for
good before Christmas this year.
James Calvert Spence College Federation, who took
over governance of the school in 2015, say falling
pupil numbers and rising costs mean the school isn't
financially viable, and it is draining resources
from larger schools.
With its current enrolment, the first school is one
of the smallest in England.
However, it has capacity for 45 pupils, and
campaigners hope that by raising the profile of the
school they can encourage more parents to send their
They also say the school's size - small even when at
full capacity - is one of the things they love about
Steven Bush, whose four-year-old daughter Imogen
attends the school, and who hopes to send his
one-year-old son Robin there in the future, said:
'We like the fact that it's a small school - you get
a level of education,the bespokeness and
personalisation that you just don't receive in
'A lot of kids have really come on in that
environment, because you get the support that means
you can really focus; extra help can be really
WILL NORTHUMBERLAND VILLAGE SCHOOL BE ANOTHER
The following article was published by
Northumberland Gazette on 11th May2017
A rural village school is under threat of closing
due to falling pupil numbers, but campaigners have
vowed to fight to save it.
governing body of the James Calvert Spence College (JCSC)
Federation has started a consultation about closing
Acklington C of E First School at the end of
There are currently 13 pupils on the roll and they
would be found places at other local schools if the
proposal goes ahead. Staff, however, could face
Opponents have expressed their disappointment and
say it is another example of rural areas losing key
facilities, including schools.
The consultation document states: ‘In the light of
falling numbers at the school, it is becoming
increasingly difficult to provide the best
educational experience for children at Acklington C
of E First School.
‘The governing body has therefore reluctantly
concluded that it must consider the option of
closing the school and re-directing the pupils to
other local schools.
20 VILLAGERS CLEARED 65 KILOS OF LITTER!
Picking Villager Chris Sayers
On Saturday 22nd April, 20 volunteers from
Acklington gathered together to clear rubbish from
Event organiser, Alison Sharpe said, “Our litter
pick is all about villagers working hard, having
fun, and making Acklington a great village to live
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
Well done to everyone. Our community is now a
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.
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parish website by clicking
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