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.
The 'Rigg and Furrow', a
farmhouse brewery recently established at Acklington
Park, is among 15 breweries in the north east to feature
in the Good Beer Guide 2018.
To read more about this successful enterprise, please
click on the Rigg and Furrow beer label 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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'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
Well done to everyone who took part in Saturday's
Acklington Litter Pick.
A record turnout of 30+ villagers enabled us to execute
an extensive search of the village, and many of its
feeder roads. The record haul of 112 Kilos included 24
sacks of general refuse (mostly food packaging) and 18
sacks of recyclable cans and plastic bottles. Trashy
surprises included: a fitness machine, garden barbecue
and a lounge carpet.
But the biggest surprise of all, were the number of
young people who took part in Saturday’s Litter Pick –
thank you for your energy, passion and commitment to the
future of Acklington.
And a special very big thank you to Alison, Alison and
Tessa for all the lovely cakes!
Litter thrown from vehicles is the scourge of rural
Northumberland. The discarded refuse pollutes the
environment, endangers wildlife and blights the
appearance of our beautiful villages. We have a simple
choice: put up with it, or do something about it.
If you missed Saturday’s Litter Pick, then don’t worry,
because you’ll have another opportunity to join in the
fun on Saturday 22nd September, 10:00am – 12:00pm. Make
a note of that date in your diary now.
Sunday 6th May
the Bishop of Newcastle, The Venerable Christine
will be visiting our village and preaching at the Sunday
morning service in the Parish Church of St John The
The bishop wishes to address the community,
particularly in light of our village school closure
this coming July.
The service begins at 10.45am and everyone is
welcome to come along and hear what Bishop
Christine has to say.
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
'Acklington Boots,' as they are
named, will set you back a mere
£450 per pair. Now get
your wallet out!
INMATE WHO CRAFTED DIY MACHETE IN HIS CELL GETS 10
EXTRA YEARS FOR UNPROVOKED ATTACK
following article was published by Chronicle Live on
17th April 2018
Illingworth, 27, from Birtley, launched unprovoked
attacks on two inmates and made a machete out a bed
spring and piece of cloth.
A seasoned criminal with a track record of violent
offending has had his sentence extended after
crafting a DIY machete and attacking inmates.
Daniel Illingworth, 27, was serving a 10 year
sentence for robbery when he used rudimentary
weapons to launch two unprovoked attacks.
Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court on April 13, he
was handed another 10 year sentence to begin in 2021
when his current term ends, potentially keeping him
behind bars until he’s 40.
Prosecuting, Shaun Dryden told the court
Illingworth’s first attack happened while he was
travelling on a mini bus between prison wings with
other inmates at HMP Northumberland on November 11,
The victim, who was sitting at the rear of the bus
next to Illingworth, said there was no issue between
the two as they didn’t know each other.
Suddenly, according to the victim’s statement, an
arm reached across his face and he felt a sharp pain
in the left side of his throat.
MUM-OF-THREE ADMITS TAKING PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE
INTO HMP NORTHUMBERLAND
following article was published by Chronicle Live on
30th March 2018
Wilson is now facing her own jail sentence after she
pleaded guilty to taking the drug into HMP
Wilson brought the drug - know as NSS - into the
prison, in Acklington, while on a visit on September
30 last year.
The 29-year-old appeared at Newcastle Crown Court,
where she pleaded guilty to one count of conveying a
list A prohibited article into a prison.
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.
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
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
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.