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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.


 
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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FORTHCOMING EVENTS



For more information about the '3,2,1, Zeros'
or the 'Little Dribblers'
please telephone Acklington School - 01670 760335

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.



For more information press the RECENT HISTORY link button below.

 

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!)
 
 
FURTHER CRITICISM HEAPED ONTO UNDER-FIRE HMP NORTHUMBERLAND

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 23rd February 2017

More horror stories about life at HMP Northumberland have emerged following the explosive BBC documentary which shocked viewers last week.



The BBC Panorama exposé, aired on Monday, February 13, gave a disturbing insight into the situation at the Acklington-based unit, which has been run by Sodexo Justice Services since December 2013.

The undercover report showed numerous problems at the Category C adult jail, including inmates high on drugs, lapses in security and staff struggling to cope.

After the show, the Gazette was contacted by numerous people who have heaped more criticism onto the jail.

Branding the prison ‘a joke’, a wife of one prisoner said: “My husband went into HMP Northumberland not addicted to any substance and is now reliant on drugs. The prison is overrun with mobile phones, drugs and violence.”

Two former prison officers at the jail, who did not want to be named, also contacted us.

One recalled numerous incidents of violence at the prison, saying that many members of staff have been assaulted, claiming that ‘the most shocking incident was when a female officer had a knife held to her throat, being dragged backwards’.

The other former guard, who spent more than two decades in the prison service, described his time at the jail following Sodexo’s takeover as the worst years of his career and said the prison became a horrendous place to work.

He said the shocking documentary scenes, captured by undercover reporter Joe Fenton, were ‘just the tip of the iceberg’.
He said that staffing cuts at the jail had been a major factor in the problems.


   
 
INMATE HIGH ON 'SPICE' BROKE JAW OF RESPECTED PRISON OFFICER



The following article was published by the Chronicle Live on 15th February 2017

A prison officer at a troubled jail was left with a broken jaw when an inmate who had been taking legal highs all day attacked him.

James Taylor was serving an extended sentence for robbery and attempted rape at HMP Northumberland and was being held on a vulnerable prisoner’s wing.

A court heard he had spent the day smoking “spice” despite the fact he should have been confined to his cell as punishment for having prohibited items, including “spice”.

When well-liked prison officer Barry Smith told Taylor to get back in his cell, he gave him a “smarmy” look and refused.

As Mr Smith, who even Taylor admired, went to radio for back up, the drug-fuelled thug landed a heavy punch to the side of his face, knocking him to the floor and breaking his jaw, leaving him needing surgery and unable to chew for weeks.

   
 

HMP NORTHUMBERLAND BOSSES DEFEND JAIL AFTER DRUG USE AND CHAOS CLAIMS IN TV PROGRAMME



The following article was published by the Chronicle Live on 14th February 2017

Bosses at an underfire North East prison where widespread drug use and violence by inmates was revealed by a Panorama programme have said they will investigate the allegations.

An undercover reporter spent two months at HMP Northumberland, which houses up to 1,348 male inmates, for the BBC documentary.

He discovered widespread drug use, a lack of control, door alarms that did not go off in one block and a hole in an internal security fence.

HMP Northumberland is run by Sodexo Justice Services. In a statement it said: “We take seriously the issues and concerns raised in the programme which will be investigated and we will take appropriate action.

   
 

RAILWAY INN REVIEWED



Mr Paul Larkin, editor of the Northumberland Gazette, recently visited the Railway Inn at Acklington for a meal.

He followed up his visit by writing a review which appeared in his newspaper on 12th January 2017.




To read the review, and to find out the overall rating he gave to our local pub, please click on the box below.
 
 

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