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.
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.
To view the video, please click on the banner
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.
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.
To find out more, please click on the button
KEEP UP TO DATE
There are many different
ways to find out what is happening in Acklington Parish.
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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
Villagers in Acklington rolled-up their sleeves and
cleared their village of litter thrown from passing
On Saturday 22nd September 2018, 25 villagers from
Acklington took part in their autumn Litter Pick. 95% of
the litter had been thrown from passing vehicles.
The haul included 12 sacks of general refuse, 5 sacks of
recyclable cans, and a used colostomy bag (yuck!).
very BIG THANK YOU to everyone who took part in
the litter pick – and to those who couldn’t make it,
there will be another opportunity to pick litter in the
spring next year. Thank you for working hard,
having some fun, and making Acklington a great village
to live in.
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!)
Undoubtedly, however, the
paramount Acklington attraction
in the world of fashion are
these modern iconic black
leather ankle boots by Belstaff
which incorporate belt
'Acklington Boots,' as they are
named, will set you back a mere
£450 per pair. Now get
your wallet out!
PRISONER WHO HUNG HIMSELF 'LOOKED ALIVE' - SO
GUARDS DIDN'T CHECK HIM
The following article was
published on 9th December 2018 by Chronicle Live
A suicidal prisoner hung dead in his cell for over
an hour - because guards thought he "looked alive".
HMP Northumberland staff hadn't checked if inmate
Gary Lines was still breathing, even though he
A new report has aimed fresh criticism at the
scandal-plagued prison, which claims it has since
acted on it.
The Prisons and Probations Ombudsman aims fresh
criticism at the Acklington jail, which has been
plagued by controversy.
The 44-year-old, who had a history of self harm and
depression, "had been dead for some time" when staff
eventually cut him free.
But a probe has revealed multiple welfare checks
were carried out that morning even though he "must
have been dead at that time".
And one guard's account - in which he claimed Lines
was in bed - has been questioned by a watchdog due
to the prisoner's "advanced rigor mortis".
"There must be some doubt whether his recollection
was correct," states the Prisons and Probations
"We are concerned that the staff who checked Mr
Lines’ welfare on the morning he died did not
establish he was alive and breathing, as they should
The watchdog previously slammed the privately-run
prison for keeping a cancer-stricken prisoner on a
chain until days before he died.
The jail was also branded "dangerous" by Wansbeck MP
Ian Lavery after footage emerged of naked inmates
fighting on chains.
Having been recalled for theft, Lines had only been
in the prison for a fortnight when he took his life.
And the report revealed: "He was not prescribed
anti-depressants, which he said he needed to help
drive off suicidal thoughts, until the day before he
Staff found Lines on the morning of September 18,
The night before, checks found he had been watching
TV in his cell.
One guard told investigators he was "certain" he was
in bed during a welfare check at 6.52am although
this has been questioned.
And another, who visited him around an hour later,
said Lines was standing in a "totally natural
position" looking out of his cell window but he
could not recall seeing him move.
The guard believes the prisoner gave a verbal
response, despite medical evidence suggesting he had
died "several hours" earlier.
When staff eventually entered at 9am, the report
adds: "[The guard] opened the cell door and started
talking to Mr Lines and was puzzled when he did not
"He began to feel that something was not right, as
Mr Lines did not move."
Mr Lines was a troubled £30-a-day heroin addict who
had spent time in Durham Prison.
He had been recalled for an alleged theft against
someone he referred to as a "mother figure".
"Mr Lines had left a note in his cell in which he
said that he was very sorry to all the people he had
hurt in his life," adds the report.
And making a string of recommendations, the watchdog
stated: "Although we cannot be sure what time Mr
Lines died, the evidence suggests that he had been
dead for some hours at 9am.
"We are not satisfied that checks that morning were
sufficiently thorough – particularly as Mr Lines had
been identified as at risk of suicide and
An HMP Northumberland spokesperson said: “The death
of a prisoner in our custody is devastating for
their family, staff and other prisoners.
"We cooperated fully with the Prisons and Probation
Ombudsman’s review of the 2015 incident.
"Alongside the external healthcare provider at the
time, we accepted the recommendations made in 2016
and implemented an action plan which we have since
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
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.