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.
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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Acklington Parish Website
This website has been
designed to provide a central
source of information for Acklington Parish. You
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For more information about the '3,2,1, Zeros'
please telephone Acklington School - 01670 760335
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!)
FURTHER CRITICISM HEAPED ONTO UNDER-FIRE HMP
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
After the show, the Gazette was contacted by
numerous people who have heaped more criticism onto
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
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,
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
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
RAILWAY INN REVIEWED
Larkin, editor of the Northumberland Gazette,
recently visited the Railway Inn at Acklington for a
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