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.
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.
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
The largest item collected was a full-sized, double
Well done to everyone. Our community is now a bit
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
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'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.
Plans have been submitted for 24 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 6th June.
To find out more please
COULD 2017 BE THE FINAL YEAR
FOR ACKLINGTON SCHOOL?
A consultation process has begun on the
possible closure of Acklington C of E First School.
If the closure is approved then the official closure
date will be 30th December 2017. Such a decision
would obviously have a major impact on our village
To find out more about this proposal and to find out how
you can make your views known, please
One way you can support the school is to sign the
on-line 'Save Our School' petition. To do so, please
You can follow the press coverage of this story, and the
parents fight to save the school, by clicking on the
The Acklington Scarecrow
will again take place this summer on 5th August.
It is hoped the event is once more blessed with fine
weather and, like previous years, turns out to be an
equally memorable and enjoyable occasion for villagers
and visitors alike.
Scarecrows will be on display from 11.00am - 4.30pm
and this year there will be a separate children’s
section (up to age 12) to view.
place to start the trail is at Acklington Village Hall
where you can collect a map for £1 - proceeds in aid of
Coffees, snacks and tasty homemade lunches will be
available, as usual, in the village hall.
Attractions will also include a tombola stall, bottle
stall and book stall.
So why not get along to Acklington to view the
impressive creations and sample what is on offer?
For more information contact Barbara (01670 760802)
Janet (01670 224122) or Margaret (01670 760214).
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!)
NEW DIRECTOR AT HMP NORTHUMBERLAND
The following article was published by
Northumberland Gazette on 28th June 2017
Tony Simpson has been replaced as director of HMP
Northumberland after his promotion, but now has
overall responsibility for five prisons, including
the Acklington-based jail.
HMP Northumberland now has a new director in place
after his predecessor was promoted to a new role.
Tony Simpson took on the role at the category C
prison, which is run by private-sector operator
Sodexo, in 2015, but he has now handed over to Nick
Sodexo UK & Ireland’s CEO of justice, Janine
McDowell, said: “We appointed Nick Leader as
director of HMP Northumberland in May to build on
the progress achieved under Tony Simpson over the
last two years.
“Nick brings 32 years of experience in the justice
sector. He was director of HMP Peterborough for
Sodexo for just over five years and was most
recently CEO South of Sodexo’s probation business,
responsible for three community rehabilitation
“Tony Simpson has been promoted to director of
operations of Sodexo’s custody business. “He now has
overall responsibility for five prisons in England
and Scotland, including HMP Northumberland.”
LACK OF OPENNESS OVER CLOSURE CONSULTATION
The following article was published by
Northumberland Gazette on 22nd June 2017
The Parents of Acklington C of E First School would
like to thank the local community and beyond for the
support shown to us, our children and the school as
we fight to keep it open.
We acknowledge that rural and church schools may
close, but the case must be strong and carefully
We were informed of the consultation by email on May
8, nearly four months after the decision was taken
on January 19. The delay was attributed to local
election purdah, but we are unsure of the relevance
as Northumberland County Council isn’t involved at
A James Calvert Spence College (JCSC) working party
held one meeting on January 4, to look at the
school’s viability, but the minutes have been deemed
We have been given no information on any other
options that have been considered other than
At no point since the federation began have
governors attempted to contact parents or community
leaders privately to express concerns regarding the
school’s future or elicit help and advice. Instead,
their first act was to declare publicly the school
unviable and undermine confidence that it was safe.
FESTIVAL OF CIRCUS BRINGS BIG TOPS AND INTERNATIONAL
STARS TO NORTHUMBERLAND
The following article was published by
Chronicle Live on 16th June 2017
The festival organised by Let's Circus promises an
action-packed bank holiday and many summer workshops
If you fancy running away to the circus, you need
run no further than the Northumberland village of
That’s the rather unlikely location for a colourful
and action-packed week-long festival – August 25 to
September 1 – called Circus In A Field!
Or perhaps it’s not so very unlikely.
This will be the third time the summer circus
festival has taken place on a private field in
Guyzance, near the meandering River Coquet.
For Circus In A Field! that field will be
transformed with circus big tops, outdoor rigs and a
specially built ‘circus barn’.
The organisers, Newcastle-based Let’s Circus,
promise kids’ summer workshops, intensive training
for those with some circus experience and one big
public event on the August 28 bank holiday.
This ‘festival in a day’ will be open to the public
and feature world class circus performances from
midday until 11pm.
Among the performers in the big tops will be The
Hogwallops (presented by Lost In Translation),
specialists in circus skills and physical comedy.
way to do it! Mastering the tightwire
Also out to entertain on the big day will be
international circus performers billed as stylish,
contemporary and award-winning.
Live music, food and a bar will contribute to the
But the festival is also about enthusing youngsters
with summer workshops scheduled for August 26, 27,
29 and 30.
Juggling, tightwire, plate-spinning and hula hoop
will be among the specialist skills on offer.
The sessions are aimed at young people aged eight to
15 and parents can sign them up for all four days or
just one of the sessions.
Organisers Helen Averley and Steve Cousins, of Let’s
Circus, say the training element of the festival
offers a “total immersion in circus”.
Roll up, roll up for a Northumberland circus
Student to teacher ratios, they add, are kept low
and up to 40 workshops are offered each day,
guaranteeing diversity and depth.
“It gives you the chance to eat, sleep and live
circus surrounded by others who are all doing the
same,” they say.
Alongside the kids’ summer workshops will be a
programme of high level and focused training for
serious circus enthusiasts.
An ‘acrobatics intensive’ session, taking place from
August 25-27, will be led by acrobalance stars Forma
Fortis who originated in Germany but are based in
Steve Cousins says: “We’ve been doing circus
festivals and projects internationally for well over
a decade now and created the festival to bring some
of the best of what we’ve seen back home to
BID FOR 24 NEW HOMES IN ACKLINGTON
The following article was published by
the Northumberland Gazette on 25th May 2017
Plans for a new residential scheme in a
Northumberland village have been submitted to the
On behalf of the applicant, Mr M Clippingdale,
George F White has lodged a full application for 24
new homes in Acklington.
The proposed site for the new houses, which would
include six three-bedroom, affordable homes, is to
the west of Acklington Village Hall.
According to a planning statement, ‘it is proposed
to develop the site for 24 residential properties
each providing their own garden/amenity areas and
parking. An access road will be provided to serve
all of the properties and will be to an adoptable
It adds: ‘The intention is to create spacious layout
including a mix of properties, including three and
four-bedroom, large, detached properties, bungalows
and affordable properties. The aim is to provide
choice to the housing market of Acklington and the
In terms of the affordable homes, the intention is
to provide them for rent in perpetuity ‘to
supplement the four existing affordable homes that
are already on site and which have proved extremely
popular and with 100 per cent occupancy since their
The four existing affordable homes (two
semi-detached blocks) were approved in 2013 in
conjunction with the conversion of the buildings at
Cavil Head Farm into 11 residential units.
The 18 open-market houses would be comprise two
two-bedroom bungalows, six three-bedroom, detached
houses and 10 four-bedroom detached houses.
If you want to see the stories from Acklington
parish that made the news during the last few years,
you can do so by clicking on the links below.