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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.


 
CANNY BEER!

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.



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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.

PROPOSED 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 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
LITTER PICK RESULT


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.
FORTHCOMING EVENTS


On Sunday 6th May the Bishop of Newcastle, The Venerable Christine Hardman,
will be visiting our village and preaching at the Sunday
morning service in the Parish Church of St John The Divine.

The bishop wishes to address the community,
particularly in light of our village school closure
 this coming July.

The service begins at 10.45am and everyone is
welcome to come along and hear what Bishop
Christine has to say.
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

 


FASHIONABLE ACKLINGTON

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!


 

 
 
INMATE WHO CRAFTED DIY MACHETE IN HIS CELL GETS 10 EXTRA YEARS FOR UNPROVOKED ATTACK

The following article was published by Chronicle Live on 17th April 2018

Daniel Illingworth, 27, from Birtley, launched unprovoked attacks on two inmates and made a machete out a bed spring and piece of cloth.



A seasoned criminal with a track record of violent offending has had his sentence extended after crafting a DIY machete and attacking inmates.

Daniel Illingworth, 27, was serving a 10 year sentence for robbery when he used rudimentary weapons to launch two unprovoked attacks.

Appearing at Newcastle Crown Court on April 13, he was handed another 10 year sentence to begin in 2021 when his current term ends, potentially keeping him behind bars until he’s 40.

Prosecuting, Shaun Dryden told the court Illingworth’s first attack happened while he was travelling on a mini bus between prison wings with other inmates at HMP Northumberland on November 11, 2015.

The victim, who was sitting at the rear of the bus next to Illingworth, said there was no issue between the two as they didn’t know each other.

Suddenly, according to the victim’s statement, an arm reached across his face and he felt a sharp pain in the left side of his throat.

   

MUM-OF-THREE ADMITS TAKING PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCE INTO HMP NORTHUMBERLAND

The following article was published by Chronicle Live on 30th March 2018



Kirsty Wilson is now facing her own jail sentence after she pleaded guilty to taking the drug into HMP Northumberland

Wilson brought the drug - know as NSS - into the prison, in Acklington, while on a visit on September 30 last year.

The 29-year-old appeared at Newcastle Crown Court, where she pleaded guilty to one count of conveying a list A prohibited article into a prison.

   
NARROW APPROVAL FOR NEW HOMES IN ACKLINGTON VILLAGE

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 26th February 2018

A controversial bid for a new housing development in the village of Acklington has been given the go-ahead – but it was very much a split decision.

At their meeting last Thursday, members of the county council’s North Northumberland Local Area Council voted by five votes to four, with one abstention, to approve plans for 22 new homes on land west of the village hall.

Four of the properties – two pairs of three-bedroom dwellings – would be affordable, while the remaining 18 would be four-bedroom houses.

A planning statement said that the affordable units would ‘supplement the four existing affordable homes that are already on site and which have proved extremely popular with 100 per cent occupancy since their completion’.

These were approved in 2013 in conjunction with the conversion of the buildings at Cavil Head Farm into 11 residential units, but objectors raised questions about how popular they were, claiming people known to the developer had occupied them.

The affordable homes were also of concern to Coun Steven Bridgett, who did not think they should be ‘segregated’ from the market housing, although the planning officer pointed out that they had simply been located next to the existing affordable homes on the site.

The objector speaking at the meeting raised a number of areas where she felt this application didn’t conform with planning policy and said: “This development is not satisfying any local need – we do not feel a need for any more houses on open fields in the village.”

However, the applicant’s agent Craig Ross, of George F White, said: “The site is in a sustainable location, the development meets the three strands of sustainability (economic, social and environmental) and would help support services nearby.”

As well as the affordable homes, a legal agreement will be signed to secure a contribution of £39,600 for first/primary education and £600 per home towards ecology.

Coun Jeff Watson also proposed that the developer to fund interactive speed signs on the western approach to the village.
 
NEW HOMES APPROVED IN NORTHUMBERLAND VILLAGES

The following article was published by the Northumberland Gazette on 22nd February 2018


The site of the approved housing in Acklington.


New homes have been approved in two north Northumberland villages today, but three other schemes were withdrawn.

Earlier today, we reported that developments in Acklington, Bamburgh, Lucker and Seahouses were set for the go-ahead while another in Whitton was recommended for refusal at this afternoon's meeting of the county council's North Northumberland Local Area Council.

At the start of the meeting, it was announced that the Bamburgh, Seahouses and Whitton schemes had been withdrawn from the agenda.

Decisions on homes in Acklington and Lucker did go ahead, however.

The scheme for 22 properties in Acklington, on land to the west of the village hall, including four affordable homes, was approved by five votes to four with one abstention.
 

COMMENT FROM ACKLINGTON PARISH COUNCILLOR ALISON SHARPE

Councillor Sharpe

To all the residents in Acklington parish that filled in an objection letter, or emailed NCC direct, to object to the housing development on the land west of the village hall...

I am so sorry to inform you our objection fell on deaf ears, by 1 vote, so near but a futile exercise.

I would like to thank you all for your help in this and I need to thank a few folks by name:- Mr Paul Glover for his help and guidance; Mrs Tessa Sayers for her brilliant comments and speech at the meeting yesterday, and my darling husband for his unwavering support.

Kind Regards

Alison
 


PRISON NEWS

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.


 
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.