Archived News


New Footpath off Dando Way

The Parish Council has funded a new footpath on Dando Way from the main footpath across to the pedestrian gate on Heaton Street. The provide much improvement for pedestrians.

Updates from January's Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Update - to follow soon

District Councillors Report - to follow soon

Police Report



Santa Day 2018

The children of Ackworth were treated to another fantastic Santa visit on 8 December. It was a wonderful day with over 300 local children being welcomed into the grotto. This event is funded by the Parish Council and each child receives a free goodie bag. Thank you to GMB who donated a squishy toy for each bag and to Tesco Hemsworth who kindly donated fruit for the children to help themselves to whilst they queued.

Pictured; Oliver, Jessica, Charlotte, Holly, Jasper and Hector

Christmas Lights Switch On

The Christmas lights were switched on in Ackworth on 30 November. A carol service led by Churches Together was held in All Saints Church and Gala Queen Macey Firth switched on the lights.

Pictured: Macey in Church before the Carol Service.

New Defibrillator at the Community Centre

The Parish Council has funded another defibrillator in the village. It is sited on the wall outside of the Parish Council Community Centre on Bell Lane.

Thank you to the Rory James Embling Foundation for its kind donation towards the cost of this.


Updates from November's Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Update

District Councillors Update

Police Report

Tree Dedication Ceremony

A new oak tree was recently planted on the grassed area outside of Ackworth Cemetery to commemorate the end of WWI.  On Friday 9 November a service took place led by Rev. Charlene Smith.  School children were invited to attend and read out the names of the servicemen who lost their lives in WWI   

A Nation's Tribute - Beacon Lighting 

The Parish Council took part in the nation tribute on Sunday 11th November.  In partnership with Ackworth Heritage Group a beacon was lit at the Water Tower field on Castle Syke Hill.  Local school boy Tyler McCluskey led the service with a poem followed by the sounding of The Last Post.  

Updates from October's Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Update

District Councillors Update

Police Report 

Community Centre Given a Freshen Up

Over the summer the Parish Council Community Centre on Bell Lane has been redecorated. The centre has also benefited from new carpets and blinds in the function room.

Updates from September's Parish Council Meeting

Parish Council Update

District Councillors Update

Police Report

New Planter at Low Ackworth

A new planter has been installed at Low Ackworth play area. Thanks got to the Ackworth Senior Citizens Committee and Wakefield Council for sponsoring this.

New Cycle Rack

For anyone who likes to cycle, we have now installed a cycle rack at the rear of the Parish Council Community Centre on Bell Lane. The rack is accessible whilst the car park is open.

Updates from July's Parish Council Meeting 

Parish Council Update

District Councillors Update

Police Report


Ackworth Gala

Ackworth Parish Council would like to thank the community of Ackworth for such a successful day. The gala gives local community groups and charities an opportunity to raise funds for good causes and it's a great social event for the village.

It is estimated around £10,000 was raised for local community groups and charities.

If you have any feedback about the gala please contact us and your comments will be discussed at our next Village Events committee meeting.

Smiley SID

The parish Council has applied to loan ‘Smiley Sid’ the speed indicator device from West Yorkshire Police for use in the village.

Tree Work in Low Ackworth

Following a Tree Hazard Assessment that was carried out recently at Low Ackworth playing field including the children's play area, the Parish Council received a price for work to be carried out as recommended on the assessment and have appointed a contractor to complete the work.

What a fantastic day - the village looked amazing thanks to the efforts of so many people. Topped of by great weather and lots of fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.


News from Low Ackworth Community Association

Thanks to grants from Wakefield Council, Ackworth Parish Council, the Coop Community Fund, Ackworth Show Fund, and the GMB union the community centre at Low Ackworth now has a new roof and new heaters. There will soon be new cladding on the outside and internal decoration.

Low Ackworth Community Association is an independent charity which works in close cooperation with local organisations and elected representatives. The Committee, which is composed of volunteers, is still seeking funding for a new building.

The future plans for the building will be discussed at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 18th April at 8pm at Low Ackworth Community Centre on Station Road. It is open to all Ackworth residents.

The agenda and other papers will be available from the Secretary nearer the date of the AGM.

Please come along and get involved.

contact: Sarah Balfour, Secretary


New Parish Councillors

Two new Councillors were elected to the Parish Council on 15th March. Mike Galvin for the High and Low Ackworth ward and Nathan Bland for the Moor Top ward. Congratulations to both and thank you to all candidates for a well contested campaign.

Tour de Yorkshire - UPDATE

Public meeting has been arranged for Monday 29 January @ 7pm.. 

Tour de Yorkshire

Following the great news that the cycle race will be coming through Ackworth on Friday 4 May the Parish Council organised a public meeting, held on Monday 29 January. The turnout was great, lots of community groups, businesses and residents keen to get involved. Click here to view the minutes.

A new Facebook page has been setup - Tour de Yorkshire Ackworth 2018. Please like \ follow to keep up to date with events.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme

A new Neighbourhood Watch scheme has recently been setup in Brackenhill. If youare interested in becoming a coordinator or member in another part of the village, please click here and register your interest.


Road Safety Group joins Community Speedwatch Scheme

Working with support and direction from West Yorkshire Police, Ackworth Parish Council’s Road Safety Group took part in the Community Speedwatch Scheme. During the last two weeks of October, District and Parish Councillors, members of South East Link Road Action Group (SELRAG) and residents volunteered to monitor the speed of vehicles using a speed indication device. The device was used on Barnsley Road (between Oakfield Park School and Chiltern Drive), Doncaster Road (near to Doncaster Road Estate), Carr Bridge (adjacent to the Pavilion), Pontefract Road (from Mill Hill up to Ackworth School), Station Road (near to Lee Lane) and Wakefield Road (near to Angel Pub and Kings Close) .

The scheme aims to :

  • Improve the quality of life for local residents
  • Reduce collisions and the severity of injuries on local roads
  • Make drivers aware of their speeds, the dangers of speeding & encourage them to slow down

The Parish Council will continue to be involved in the scheme and the speed indication device will be in the village again in the new year. We had 15 volunteers take part this time, if you are interested in road safety and would like to get involved please contact us

Pumpkin Event - Weigh-In

Children gathered at Brackenhill Allotments on Friday 13 October with their pumpkins. Read more

Memorial Testing

The memorial testing programme has now been completed. Read more ...

Christmas 2017

The Parish Council agreed to purchase 2 root ball Christmas trees. One to be planted on the grassed area on Wakefield Road at its junction with Rhyddings Drive, the other will be planted on the grassed area on Doncaster Road at its junction with Doncaster Road Estate.

The lamppost light features will remain the same this year with a view to looking at the cost of upgrading some of the features in the next financial year.

The Christmas Lights switch on will be on Friday 24 November.

Tour de Yorkshire

We heard the great news last week that the Tour de Yorkshire will be coming through our village on Friday 4th May 2018.

At last night's Parish Council meeting it was agreed that the Village Events Committee would arrange a meeting in the new year inviting residents to get involved, as well as community groups, pubs, businesses, schools, churches etc so we can coordinate efforts in welcoming the Tour through the village.

Local craft group Ackworth Needles and Pins have already approached the Council with an offer to decorate the village with bunting and will be holding workshops in March and April for the community to get involved.

Christmas Lights Switch On

The Parish Council would like to thank Ackworth Churches Together for the wonderful Carol Service at the Christmas lights switch on. A lovely start to the festive period.

Santa Day Success

Parish Councillors spend Friday transforming the multi-room into Santa's Grotto and welcomed 321 children on Saturday, all of whom received a gift from Santa.

Cllr Terry Hollyhead, Chairman of the Parish Council's Village Events Committee, wishes to thank everyone who came along on the day, making the event so memorable. .


Road Safety Group joins Community Speedwatch Scheme

Ackworth Parish Council’s Road Safety Group is working with West Yorkshire Police and taking part in its Community Speedwatch Scheme. This is a locally driven initiative where active members of the community join together, with the support of the police, to monitor the speed of vehicles using detection devices. The scheme aims to :

  • Improve the quality of life for local residents
  • Reduce collisions and the severity of injuries on local roads
  • Make drivers aware of their speeds, the dangers of speeding & encourage them to slow down
Working with support and direction from Wakefield Police, fully trained community volunteers will utilise the Speed Indication Device (you may have heard it referred to as 'Smiley SID') - positioned in identified and risk assessed locations. Speedwatch is not an enforcement tool but aims to reduce speeds and improve road safety.

Pram Race Donation

The Parish Council have agreed to give a donation of £150 to the pram race organisers for their event which will be held on Sunday 27 August. All proceeds in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice.


Boar (Befriending, Opportunities and Respite) Cottage Charity

The Parish Council have once again agreed to a donate £400 to this charity which provides weekend breaks for young adults with learning difficulties. These breaks give the young people a holiday and their carers respite.


Featherstone Rovers Foundation - Junior Rovers Grant

The Parish Council provided a grant to Juniors Rovers to enable them to hold a fun day at Carr Bridge Playing Field. The fun day was held on Monday 17 July, click here for a report and pictures from the event.


Update on Footpath 21

Following the site meeting it has been agreed by the Parish Council that they will fund the cost of kissing gate to replace the boulders currently in place. As a contribution towards this project Wakefield MDC will install the gate at the appropriate time.


Memorial Trees

New trees planted in memory of Councillors Ron Barnsley and Keith Wilson have unfortunately not taken. S&D Landscapes have offered to replace both trees with fastigiate oak trees at the appropriate time.

Carr Bridge Play Area Access Path

Following comments and complaints regarding the resurfacing of the footpath and steps, a site meeting has been held with the contractor and it has been decided that the surface will be removed, and we are exploring options for a more suitable surface.

Westfield Foodbank

Ackworth Parish Council has donated £500 to Westfield Foodbank .

Bernadette France, Deputy Chair of Westfield Foodbank received the cheque from Ackworth Parish Councillors.

Bernadette said "On behalf of the Committee and Volunteers of the Westfield Centre Food Bank, a huge thank you for the fantastic donation of £500 from Ackworth Parish Council. The food bank exists solely on donations of food and money from organisations and individual community members. Part of the donation has already been utilised for the purchase of an additional chest freezer to store perishable items. Once again thank you."

Ackworth Gala 2017

Thank you to everyone who participated in making this year's Ackworth Gala such a great success. It was another lovely day, when the came together and created a happy, friendly atmosphere for all to enjoy. Gala Queen Megan and her attendants, Lauren and Rachel, looked beautiful, and the fancy dress competition had a record number of participants.

Thank you to the 30+ stall holders, staffed by volunteers, who raised many thousands of pounds for local community groups and charities, also to the local businesses that came along to advertise, and of course thank you to the many members of the public who came along for the afternoon to enjoy the entertainment.

Footpath 21 – Green Lane

Ackworth Parish Councillors met with Virginia Moulton, Public Rights of Way Manager, Wakefield Council to discuss access to the footpath from Green Lane to Hessle Common, also invited were Ackworth resident Fred Darlison and Steven Parker of Ackworth Quarries.

Virginia Moulton explained the definitive position with regard to rights of access to the footpath. Concerns were raised about preventing motorcycles from getting access to the footpath while at the same time making sure that all legitimate users are able to get on to the path including those with pushchairs and with mobility difficulties.

Steven Parker provided some very interesting and detailed history and the Parish Councillors agreed to discuss this further and to do what it can in the short term to satisfy both points of view.

Road Works \ Road Closures

From Monday 21 August to Friday 1 September - Purston Lane will be closed between the hours 09:30 and 15:30 for works to remove standing water from the carriageway and carry out gulley cleansing while the carriageway is closed. The carriageway will be open from 15:30 for through traffic under a temporary set of 2 way lights to allow for a pedestrian walkway to be placed within the carriageway.

UPDATE : - the above road closure is now in place until Friday 8 September.

UPDATE : - two way traffic signals remain in place. Road closure in place for Monday 18th September between 09:30 and 15:30.


Road Works \ Road Closures

From Wednesday 16 August - Pontefract Road drainage works will start for a period of 3 days from Southlands heading back towards the Brown Cow public house. Works are taking place to the main carry drain within the footway. The works will be to di-silt the drain and camera to assess the pipe works are functioning correctly. Works will be done under temporary 2 way signals from the hours of 09:30 - 15:30 due to time restrictions at this location.


Ackworth Cemetery Memorial Testing. Memorial testing at the cemetery is now underway. Read more..


Bus Route 49 - Pontefract to Low Ackworth - this route is now being operated by CT Plus. Timetable and route to remain the same.


We Need Your Help !

Message from Wakefield Council:

Are you interested in volunteering and getting more involved in your local community, finding new friends and developing new skills? If so, please let us know at

Alternatively we will be hosting a volunteer fair on Friday 2 June between 10am and 3pm at the Elizabethan Gallery, Wakefield with our local voluntary sector partners and organisations. Why not call and visit us to see what opportunities are available for you. We look forward to saying ‘hello’.

We want to hear about the issues that affect you in your local area and how we can work together to resolve these issues. Please help us by completing our survey at

Your feedback will be analysed and will help to inform the delivery of local services.

Dando Way

Street lighting improvements on Dando Way will soon be finalised following technical difficulties with Northern Power Grid. It is hoped that in the next few weeks the temporary light heads will be replaced with the permanent fixtures. Additionally the light situated next to underpass of the A638 will be reconfigured to enable more light to be cast onto the footpath and underpass. This work has been made possible with funding from Wakefield Council.

Three benches will be sited along Dando Way to provide rest places for walkers.

Work continues on maintenance of the trees and consultation will soon take place on the poplar trees.

The footpath from A638 underpass towards Fitzwilliam is under consideration for improvement which will include a stone path from the bridge towards the metal gate.

Low Ackworth Community Centre

Funding has been granted from Wakefield Council to repair the roof and improve the internal decoration at Low Ackworth Community Centre. This will make the centre a much more attractive place to use until funds are acquired to provide a new centre. The Community Association is very grateful for this support.

Low Ackworth Footbridge Repair

Technical difficulties have delayed the repair of the bridge however we can now confirm that Wakefield Council have agreed that a new footbridge will be installed in the near future.

Work to build the foundations will start on 22nd May followed by the delivery and installation of the new bridge. Works should be completed by the middle of June.

Ackworth Neighbourhood Plan and Open Day

A successful open day was held in the Community Centre on Bell Lane on 25th March. Over 150 people attended the event which showcased the different groups who are active within the village including Ackworth Heritage Group, the Guides, Brackenhill Allotment Association, Ackworth Juniors JFC and The British Legion.

The local churches were also represented and a consultation regarding the Neighbourhood Plan was launched. Read more ...

New Planters at A628 \ A638 Roundabout - Beverley Arms roundabout

New planters have recently been installed and will soon be in bloom making an attractive approach to the village.

New Toilet Facility at Carr Bridge

In March 2017 the Pavilion was upgraded to include access to toilet facilities from the outside of the building. This will allow greater flexibility for sports team using the adjoining football pitches. This addition was made possible with funding from Wakefield Council.

Refurbishments Complete at Low Ackworth Play Area

Work has now been completed on the upgrade to Low Ackworth play area.

Changes to Bus Service 30 and 39

These changes come into effect Tuesday 18 April 2017 and are as a result of comments made by passengers and will hopefully lead to an improvement for local residents. The revised timetable will include diversions around the Rose Estate and Waggon Lane in Upton and a change to the 14:10 journey from Pontefract which will now leave at 14:15 and run via Hardwick Road (past Dale Court and Brook Court). Click here for the revised timetable.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust - "Living Went Project"

Living Went Project: Working together with the Environment Agency, Wild Trout Trust and Ackworth School the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have been carrying out habitat works to help increase fish and invertebrate numbers in the River Went at Ackworth. The next step of the project is to begin monitoring the river for changes in invertebrate populations, particularly riverflies. Invertebrates are particularly sensitive to changes in water quality and so are fantastic natural indicators. We are currently looking for volunteers to help us with this project by contributing to this monitoring plan. If you are interested in volunteering on this project please contact Alec Boyd at: 07342999209 at or via email: