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
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
KEEP UP TO DATE
There are many different
ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.
By clicking on the icons
above you can either
"like us on facebook" or "follow us on twitter"
.... or you can simply
browse this very informative and comprehensive website.
However you get your information it is so
keep up to date
with all that is going on
in this small but very
You can explore the full
parish website by clicking
on the following links:
This website has been
designed to provide a central
source of information for Acklington Parish. You
navigate the website by using the blue menu bar above or
via the sitemap at the bottom left of this page.
You are visitor number :
SITES FOR NEW HOUSING
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
Villagers in Acklington rolled-up their sleeves and
cleared their village of litter thrown from passing
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!).
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
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!
MAN WHO SMUGGLED DRUGS INTO NORTH EAST PRISON LOCKED
The following article was
published on 18th February 2019 by Chronicle Live
A man who smuggled an illicit package containing
drugs, phones and a knife into a North East prison
has been locked up.
David John Ireland, 34, of Churchill Street, will
serve a 16-month prison sentence after pleading
guilty to three counts of conveying a prohibited
article into prison.
Ireland was caught on CCTV in his black Ford Mondeo
near HMP Northumberland accompanied by two
unidentified passengers on January 25, 2017.
After parking up near to the wire fence on the grass
verge, Ireland remained in the car while the two
other men – who disguised their identities – threw a
large package through a hole in the prison fence.
The package was quickly intercepted by prison staff,
and after it was put through an X-Ray machine, was
found to contain a number of mobile phones,
chargers, unknown substances, a lock flick knife and
After forensic examination, the unidentified
substances in the form of white powder and tablets
were confirmed as controlled Class C drugs –
Diazepam and Oxymetholone. There were more than 650
tablets in the package alone.
Ireland was soon identified and officers were able
to trace the vehicle back to him.
The package was covered in his fingerprints.
He was later arrested and charged to appear before
HOLIDAY COTTAGES PROPOSED IN CONVERSION OF
The following article was
published on 5th February 2019 by the
The Railway Inn at Acklington
A bid to
convert a north Northumberland pub into holiday
homes has been lodged with the county council.
The local authority has received an application for
the change of use of The Railway Inn at Acklington
to create three cottages.
There are already another three on the site formed
by a previous conversion of part of the ground
floor, but this application seeks to use the
remaining pub and restaurant space for another
As well as the existing cottages, the site features
a 22-pitch touring caravan park, which was granted
planning permission back in 2010.
The caravan and camping areas are open from Easter
to the end of September with the holiday cottages
available all year, as is proposed for the new
properties, one of which would be two-bedroom and
the others one-bedroom.
The rest of the site contains private garden space,
a garage/workshop building, a toilet and shower
block for the camp-site, and car parking.
A design statement submitted with the application
says: ‘Each of the proposed cottages have been
designed with a window to every habitable room and
to incorporate an outside seating area, two to the
rear garden space and one facing the car park to the
‘All have their main entry to the front facing the
car park with secondary access to the rear for the
purpose of fire escape or accessing the garden
areas, formed from existing window openings.
‘Each of the cottages consist of living room
incorporating kitchen area, bath/shower room and one
or two bedrooms.
‘It is proposed to remove a section of the existing
front canopy to what would be the outside seating
area to cottage A in order to open out and brighten
up the area.
‘Secure cycle stores have been sited in a prominent
position to the front of the building adjacent to
the car park giving easy access to the site entrance
and encouraging the use of cycling.
It is also hoped to attract cyclists on the popular
Coast and Castles cycle route which passes through
Amble only four miles away from the site.’
The site features 19 parking spaces to cover eight
bedrooms across six cottages, so is considered
acceptable by the council’s highways team.
In terms of traffic, the site is already used for
the caravan site and the three existing cottages,
while the latest proposal is ‘expected to reduce
overall trip levels to below its former use’.
The Railway first became an inn in the mid 1800s
when the farmer decided to add some more rooms to
his farmhouse and take in guests, later becoming a
hotel in the 1890s. From 1923 to 1954, the Webb
brothers ran the pub, one of whom trained racehorses
on the site.
During RAF Acklington’s existence, the officers used
to visit the pub, including Peter Townsend,
well-known for his romance for Princess Margaret and
who was stationed there during the Second World War.
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.