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.




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.

To view the video, please click on the banner below.

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.


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
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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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 Warkworth Road.

You can view the applications, plans and other submitted documents on the Northumberland website.  Just click on the following website address: http://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications and then type in either of the following application reference numbers in the 'search box'.

            17/01670/FUL        18/00560/OUT
ACKLINGTON LITTER PICK - 22nd September 2018

Littering from cars is the modern menace

Villagers in Acklington rolled-up their sleeves and cleared their village of litter thrown from passing cars.
On Saturday 22nd September 2018, 25 villagers from Acklington took part in their autumn Litter Pick. 95% of the litter had been thrown from passing vehicles.
The haul included 12 sacks of general refuse, 5 sacks of recyclable cans, and a used colostomy bag (yuck!).

A very BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took part in
the litter pick – and to those who couldn’t make it, there will be another opportunity to pick litter in the spring next year.  Thank you for working hard, having some fun, and making Acklington a great village to live in.

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!)
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!



The following article was published on 9th December 2018 by Chronicle Live

A suicidal prisoner hung dead in his cell for over an hour - because guards thought he "looked alive".

HMP Northumberland staff hadn't checked if inmate Gary Lines was still breathing, even though he hadn't moved.

A new report has aimed fresh criticism at the scandal-plagued prison, which claims it has since acted on it.

The Prisons and Probations Ombudsman aims fresh criticism at the Acklington jail, which has been plagued by controversy.

The 44-year-old, who had a history of self harm and depression, "had been dead for some time" when staff eventually cut him free.

But a probe has revealed multiple welfare checks were carried out that morning even though he "must have been dead at that time".

And one guard's account - in which he claimed Lines was in bed - has been questioned by a watchdog due to the prisoner's "advanced rigor mortis".

"There must be some doubt whether his recollection was correct," states the Prisons and Probations Ombudsman report.

"We are concerned that the staff who checked Mr Lines’ welfare on the morning he died did not establish he was alive and breathing, as they should have done."

The watchdog previously slammed the privately-run prison for keeping a cancer-stricken prisoner on a chain until days before he died.

The jail was also branded "dangerous" by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery after footage emerged of naked inmates fighting on chains.

Having been recalled for theft, Lines had only been in the prison for a fortnight when he took his life.

And the report revealed: "He was not prescribed anti-depressants, which he said he needed to help drive off suicidal thoughts, until the day before he died."

Staff found Lines on the morning of September 18, 2015.

The night before, checks found he had been watching TV in his cell.

One guard told investigators he was "certain" he was in bed during a welfare check at 6.52am although this has been questioned.

And another, who visited him around an hour later, said Lines was standing in a "totally natural position" looking out of his cell window but he could not recall seeing him move.

The guard believes the prisoner gave a verbal response, despite medical evidence suggesting he had died "several hours" earlier.

When staff eventually entered at 9am, the report adds: "[The guard] opened the cell door and started talking to Mr Lines and was puzzled when he did not reply.

"He began to feel that something was not right, as Mr Lines did not move."

Mr Lines was a troubled £30-a-day heroin addict who had spent time in Durham Prison.

He had been recalled for an alleged theft against someone he referred to as a "mother figure".

"Mr Lines had left a note in his cell in which he said that he was very sorry to all the people he had hurt in his life," adds the report.

And making a string of recommendations, the watchdog stated: "Although we cannot be sure what time Mr Lines died, the evidence suggests that he had been dead for some hours at 9am.

"We are not satisfied that checks that morning were sufficiently thorough – particularly as Mr Lines had been identified as at risk of suicide and self-harm."

An HMP Northumberland spokesperson said: “The death of a prisoner in our custody is devastating for their family, staff and other prisoners.

"We cooperated fully with the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman’s review of the 2015 incident.

"Alongside the external healthcare provider at the time, we accepted the recommendations made in 2016 and implemented an action plan which we have since completed.”


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.

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.