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
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ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.
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in this small but very
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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
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.
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!
IMPROVEMENTS AT HMP NORTHUMBERLAND, BUT ISSUES STILL
following article was published by the
Northumberland Gazette on 18th May 2018
Improvements have been made at HMP Northumberland,
but the use of drugs is still a concern, while more
needs to be done to prepare prisoners for release,
inspectors have said.
The findings were published today in the Independent
Monitoring Board’s (IMB) 2017 report for the
Acklington-based Category-C jail, which has been run
by private company, Sodexo Justice Services, since
The Board says that it welcomes the ‘structured
approach’ adopted by the prison in tackling the use
of illegal substances and the consequences for
violence and self-harm.
The report states that ‘the Board is pleased to note
efforts to reduce violence are now being made
through a structured plan’.
It adds that ‘the Board is content that use of force
is managed and recorded well, however, it is
concerning that there was a 25 per cent increase in
incidents in 2017 compared with 2016. The
overwhelming majority of cases were due to
HIKE IN NUMBER OF MOBILE PHONES CONFISCATED IN
following article was published by the
Northumberland Gazette on 17th May 2018
More than 200 mobile phones or SIM cards were
confiscated from prisoners at HMP Northumberland
last year, a massive hike since the prison was
formed seven years ago, a new investigation has
In 2011, the year when HMP Acklington and HMP
Castington were merged to form what has become the
5th biggest prison in England and Wales, only 15
phones or SIMs were discovered, compared to 218
devices or cards in 2017, a 1,353% rise.
The number of confiscations per 100 prisons equated
to 16.3 in 2017, compared to just 1.2 in 2011.
DANGER DRIVER QUINN DIES IN JAIL
following article was published by the Chronicle
Live on 16th May 2018
driver Tyrone Quinn, who killed his friend in a
horror smash, has died in jail.
James Docherty was fatally injured after getting in
car driven by his drunk and drugged up pal after a
night out in Newcastle city centre
Investigations are continuing after the prisoner was
found dead at HMP Northumberland this week.
James Docherty, 17, was killed after getting in a
car driven by Quinn - who was already banned from
driving - when the car they were in overturned in
Quinn, who was 20 at the time, was jailed for six
years in October 2016 after pleading guilty to
causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by
driving while disqualified, causing death by driving
while uninsured, driving with excess alcohol and
driving while unfit through drugs.
A spokesman for HMP Northumberland confirmed Quinn
had passed away at the prison.
He said: “We can confirm there was a death in
custody at HMP Northumberland on Monday. The next of
kin have been informed.
“Deaths in custody are a tragedy and our thoughts
are with the family. As with all deaths in custody,
there will be an investigation by the independent
Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and therefore we are
unable to comment further at this stage.”
NEW CIVIC HEAD EXTREMELY HONOURED TO TAKE UP POST
following article was published by The Ambler on 4th
Northumberland’s new civic head
County Councillor Jeff Watson has been officially
appointed to his role as Northumberland County
Council’s civic head.
Cllr Watson, who represents Amble West with
Warkworth, takes up the one year post, where he will
represent the County Council in a ceremonial role at
various civic and community events.
“I was unanimously elected, and so I’m delighted,”
he told The Ambler.
“It is the first time a councillor from Warkworth,
Amble and Acklington ward has ever been elected
civic head. It is quite an honour.”
Jeff will represent Northumberland County Council at
various events in the coming year, and a busy diary
“This year we’ve got the Great Northumberland Event,
The RAF’s centenary, and the commemoration of 100
years since the end of WW1.”
his daughter Louise Rowlandson
Jeff’s chosen charity is the Royal British Legion
and any money raised for them will be distributed in
the Northumbria region.
I will try my best to represent and visit all the
areas in the county. It’s going to be a busy year,”
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.