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USEFUL WEBSITE LINKS

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.

 

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.


 
CLEARING RUBBISH

20 VILLAGERS CLEARED 65 KILOS OF LITTER!


Litter Picking Villager Chris Sayers

On Saturday 22nd April 2017, twenty public-minded volunteers from Acklington gathered together to clear rubbish from the village.

Event organiser, Alison Sharpe said, “Our litter pick is all about villagers working hard, having fun, and making Acklington a great village to live in.”



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 mattress.



Well done to everyone.  Our community is now a bit cleaner!
 

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.



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NEW '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.

CLICK HERE to view.

TWO CONTROVERSIAL PLANS - HAVE YOUR SAY


There currently is a proposal to close Acklington School.
Any person may object to or make comments on the proposals by writing to: The Interim Director of Children's Services, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF  

If you wish to submit an objection and/or any comments then you have until midnight on 5th October.




Plans have been submitted for 22 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 16th October.  To find out more please CLICK HERE
THE GREAT TESCO WALK



The Great Tesco Walk is a massive fund-raising event  to help prevent the occurrence of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The unique relay walk from Land’s End to John O’ Groats started on 5th September and will end on 5th October, covering 2,400km over 51 legs.

On Saturday 23rd September the relay baton passed through Acklington.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RIGG & FURROW
FORTHCOMING EVENTS



NOTE: this event replaces the Rocky Horror Picture Show


Sing-a-long to the greatest musical ever made.

The lyrics for all the songs are on the screen, so you won’t miss a chance to sing/shout your hearts out.
Free glass of Austrian mulled wine.
Free interactive props – and lots of fun!

The first rule of sing-a-long is THERE ARE NO RULES!

Bring your own drinks and snacks.
Prizes for everyone who has the courage to dress up.
Quiz and raffle.

Tickets £5, under 12s free.
Book your tickets online now: or pay on the door if you prefer.
www.ticketsource.co.uk/acklington-community-team
 



Saturday 9th December
From 11:00am at the Village Hall

The best Christmas event in December!

Carols, Christmas gifts, crafts, locally produced food/goods, roasted chestnuts, raffle
and Christmas tombola.

Plus, loads of mince pies, Christmas cakes, teas & coffee, and mulled wine. Put the date in your diary now;
we'll post more details nearer the time.

Please contact Alison (01670 761451)
if you want to book a table.

No table charge for local residents, vendors, or suppliers.
 

DID YOU KNOW?
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.



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RECENT HISTORY

 


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!)
 
 
HMP NORTHUMBERLAND BRAWL BREAKS OUT BETWEEN RIVAL GROUPS

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on 6th October 2017



Two prisoners were hospitalised after the fight broke out at the troubled Acklington jail.

An investigation is now under way after a the mass brawl broke out between inmates at the North East jail.

It has been claimed the incident at HMP Northumberland involved around 20 prisoners and two were taken to hospital with head injuries.

A prisoner at the jail alleged the fight broke out between two rival groups of inmates, one from Newcastle and the other from Middlesbrough.

He said: “There was around 20 of them fighting in house block four, some of them using pool cues and sticks.

“The guards broke up the fight and each of the prisoners were taken away one by one to be punished. Two of them went to hospital.”



Private company Sodexo, which has run the prison since 2013, confirmed there had been an incident on Wednesday but said it was swiftly resolved.

A Sodexo spokesman said: “Our staff responded quickly and appropriately to resolve a fight between a small number of prisoners on Wednesday.

“The regime returned to normal soon afterwards. Two prisoners were taken to hospital for treatment, returning to the prison later that day.

“A review of the incident will determine disciplinary outcomes for prisoners involved.”

The Acklington prison is Britain’s seventh largest jail and can hold up to 1,348 inmates.

It is a category C jail for prisoners, including vulnerable sex offenders, who cannot be trusted in open conditions but who are not thought to be capable of trying to escape.
 
LAST DITCH BID TO SAVE UNDER-THREAT SCHOOL

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on 29th September 2017

Parents are considering a radical form of teaching in a last-ditch bid to save an under-threat school.



Acklington C of E First School, in Northumberland, is set to close in December if it can’t be rescued.

Already one of the smallest schools in the country, the uncertainty over the school’s future drove three pupils away at the start of this term, while no new pupils joined the reception class, leaving just eight enrolled.

Bosses James Calvert Spence College Federation, who took over governance of the school in 2015, say it is no longer financially viable, and is draining resources from larger schools.

There is capacity for up to 56 pupils, but the federation say attempts to bring new families in have not worked.

Following an initial consultation, they’ve put forward plans to shut the school down to Northumberland County Council.



But now, parents say a plan to bring a unique form of teaching to the village could attract new parents.

They are set to approach the council with a proposal to transform Acklington into a ‘Steiner school’.

   
OPEN DAY AT UNDER-THREAT SCHOOL 'BAFFLES' OBJECTORS

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 28th September 2017



Campaigners fighting the proposed closure of a village school are ‘baffled’ by an advert promoting an open day to recruit more children.

It comes just a few weeks after the governing body of James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) launched a statutory consultation period over its plans to shut the doors of Acklington C of E First School at the end of December.

This follows an initial consultation period earlier this year to gauge opinion on the suggested closure, which was sparked due to falling pupil numbers – 13 children were on the roll last year, but now there’s eight – and the impact this has on the education provided.

The governing body also says that the buildings are dilapidated and the mobile classrooms are beyond repair and would need replacing.
A final decision will be made by the county council’s cabinet in November.

The closure proposal sparked dismay within the community, with protestors launching a petition.

Yet, they were staggered to see an advert in last week’s Gazette promoting an open day at the school, to be held today from 2pm to 3.30pm – just a fortnight after the statutory consultation was published.

   
REVEALED: THE STAGGERING AMOUNT OF DRUGS AND MOBILE PHONES SEIZED FROM NORTH EAST JAILS

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on 2nd September 2017



Latest figures show the huge haul of contraband seized in prisons.

Prison guards have been left fighting a war against drugs and mobile phones at North East jails.

New figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show illicit drugs were seized 309 times at HMP Northumberland last year, compared to 174 in 2015 and 141 in 2012.

A former inmate at the Acklington jail said he was not surprised by the sharp increase, claiming there are “drug dealers on every house block selling class A substances”.

   
PAEDOPHILE OUTRAGED WHEN PRISON GUARDS REFUSED TO GIVE HIM SOYA MILK

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on 29th August 2017



A paedophile has complained he cannot eat breakfast cereal anymore after prison bosses refused to give him soya milk.

Thomas Stephenson Wade was jailed for six-and-a-half years for five counts of sexual activity with a child after he groomed a 13-year-old schoolgirl, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

Stephenson Wade, who is serving his sentence at HMP Northumberland, told prison magazine Inside Time that he had been on a lactose-free diet for "approximately three weeks" but complained he had been denied soya milk.

He said: “I have been on a lactose-free diet and the kitchens decided to take me off it.

“They say it was because I ordered something from the menu that was not lactose-free. But it does not tell us on the menu what food is lactose-free and what isn’t.

“My soya milk was stopped so I could not even have breakfast cereal.”

Stephenson Wade was 30 when he started grooming a 13-year-old with gifts and flirtatious text messages.

   
SHOCKING BEHIND-BARS FOOTAGE SHOWS PROBLEMS SPICE IS CAUSING AT HMP NORTHUMBERLAND

The following article was published by ChronicleLive on 24th August 2017



The leaked video allegedly captures the chaos at HMP Northumberland caused by illegal drug taking.

Harrowing footage shows the damaging effect Spice is having behind bars.

Recorded by an inmate on a mobile phone, this shows a prisoner struggling to remain conscious after apparently inhaling vast quantities of the former legal high at HMP Northumberland.

Fellow prisoners rush to the unknown prisoner’s assistance, putting him in the recovery position as he convulses.

No prison guards can be seen in the video and prisoners can be heard panicking and questioning why he smoked so much of the drug.

    
GUARDIAN OF THE SKIES

The following article was published by The Sun on Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Stunning pictures of forgotten WW2 base RAF Acklington show hero Brit airmen posing with their spitfires and downed Nazi bombers



The Northumberland airfield protected the vital industrial sites of the North

HERO World War Two pilots who defended Britain’s skies from their base at a forgotten airfield are celebrated in this incredible collection of photos.

The airmen of RAF Acklington are shown posing next to Spitfires and Hurricanes, and enjoying down-time between missions.



The images form part of book RAF Acklington: Guardian of the Northern Skies by Malcolm Fife.  To see more images and extracts from Malcolm's book, please click on the link below.

     
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.