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Welcome to the Parish of Upper Coquetdale website.

The Rector

Our parish covers around 180 square miles in a particularly beautiful and friendly part of Northumberland, some thirty miles north of Newcastle. We hope you find our website interesting and look forward to welcoming you to our lovely churches…

Every day from Tuesday to Saturday in All Saints, Rothbury, we say Morning Prayer at 9 am and Evening Prayer at 4 pm and, on Wednesdays, there is also Holy Communion at 9.30 am.

Every Sunday in our churches we have services and the usual pattern is this:

9 am, Holy Communion: Christ Church, Hepple (1st – BCP & 3rd – CW); St Andrew’s Thropton (2nd – BCP & 4th – CW)

10. 15 am, Holy Communion: All Saints, Rothbury (every Sunday)

10. 15 am, Holy Communion: St Michael’s, Alwinton (2nd & 4th)

10. 15 am, Holy Communion: St Mary’s, Holystone (3rd)

11.30 am, Holy Communion: St Michael’s, Alnham (1st)

4 pm, Growing Church, St Michael’s, Alwinton (1st); Messy Church, Parish Hall, Rothbury (3rd)

6.30 pm, Evensong (BCP), All Saints, Rothbury, except the last Sunday when it is a churches together service somewhere in the valley. Please check the magazine for details…

You are most welcome to join us!

The Reverend Michael Boag, Rector of Upper Coquetdale,
01669 620482 (Tuesday to Sunday)

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A celebration in All Saints of our newly restored organ in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant, The Duchess of Northumberland. Saturday 17 September at 6pm James Lancelot, Organist Durham Cathedral, will be playing the organ and the choristers from Durham Cathedral will lead the singing. There will be music as it was played in the church in the 1840’s and CADS are presenting a re-enactment of the vestry meeting in 1866 that agreed the purchase of the organ. Wine and canapes will be served afterwards so do come along and join in.

The celebrations in Rothbury continue on Sunday 18 September, from 11 am to 5 pm, with vintage and craft stalls in and around All Saints church and Parish Hall with a range of activities celebrating Northumbrian rural skills and crafts including pottery, spinning and weaving, butter making, basketry, brewing, dry stone walling, bee keeping, wheat grinding plus traditional children’s fair activities such as a coconut shy, swing boats, and Victorian toys, hoops and tops. Messy Church will start at 4 pm around the Armstrong Cross – Victorian costumes! Also on offer will be pizzas baked in a wood fired oven, a 1940s Prosecco bar, local sausages, candy floss, toffee apples and Victorian sweets and the Blyth Battery Field Kitchen will serve soup, bully beef sandwiches and tea. (NB No Evensong on Sunday.)

Alnham Church‘s Summer Lunch on Sunday 25 September at Hilltop, Alnham, NE66 4TN.  The timings for our traditional Sunday Lunch are 12.30 for 1pm with hot roast sirloin of beef cooked and carved on the bone, accompanied by a fantastic selection of salads and potatoes, followed by tasty  puddings, cheese board and coffee. Tickets are just £15 if booked in advance (£20 on the day) Children are welcome and come free. Please make cheques made payable to Alnham DCC or via back transfer to Account No 12640368   Sort Code 77 20 03.   To book your ticket just reply to this email or send a cheque to Steve Clark, Hilltop, Alnham, Alnwick, NE66 4TN. Tel 07766 279607. There is a pay bar, raffle and auction all of which go towards the day to day up keep of Alnham Church, which is a grade 1 listed building standing since the 11th Century. If you could donate an auction or raffle item that would be fantastic or indeed of you could help out with a salad or pudding  that too would be most welcome. Please let us know if you can help.

Stuart Brindley will be celebrating his sixtieth anniversary of his ordination as a priest at the 10.15 am service on the 25 September in All Saints  instead of a regular sermon he will talk about four or five things which have  happened during his sixty years.

Organ Scholar
The beautiful, musical, creative parish of Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland, seeks an organ scholar to promote and stimulate church music and to enjoy playing our newly restored (by Goetze and Gwynn 2016) 1866 fine, two-manual Hill organ.
For further information, please contact
The Reverend Michael Boag: rector@coquetdaleanglican.org

And be thankful…
We have so much to be thankful for in our community. We are so fortunate to live where we do! Come and celebrate our parish Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday 16 October, at St Michael’s Alwinton at 11 am, followed by a pooled lunch. If you need help getting there, please talk to a churchwarden. It’s also the day our Parable of the Talents finishes – it’s not too late to take part!

On Sunday 30 October, the Samosa Sisters are preparing lunch for us in the Jubilee Hall, at 12.30 pm. This is to support the Peace of Mind charity – minimum donation of £5 for three delicious courses. Peace of Mind – a group of women based in Gateshead – supports asylum seekers now living here in the North East to overcome barriers and difficulties integrating into society: cultural differences, language barriers, laws around children in the UK, social differences, financial issues and isolation. Peace of Mind offers advice, friendship and practical help – such as with transport costs. Trying to make ends meet on £5 a day (which is what the UK government provides) isn’t easy, so some of the women have turned their hands to catering – the Samosa Sisters. Knowing how sociable and hospitable this valley is, I invited them to come to Rothbury to share their food, flavours from the refugee lands, and their stories with us. Please let me know by Sunday 16 October if you are coming, as the sisters need two weeks to prepare.

And, two weeks after that we will once again be giving thanks for all who gave their lives for our freedom and security, as we gather on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November.

We have so much to be thankful for in our community. We are so fortunate to live where we do.

You can now read the magazine online – click here:  Over The Bridges

Services this month:   september-service-2016

 Queen’s Birthday Street Party!

Queen's racing colours!

These hanging baskets have been planted in The Queen’s Racing Colours – purple, gold, red – and were hung on Rothbury Bridge in time for the street party. Baskets supplied by Rothbury Parish Council, plants – Diascia Divara Deep Red, Bacopa Golden Leaf and Verbena Samira Deep Blue – from Stanton Hall Gardens, basket liners, potting mix and water storing crystals from Aldersons of Rothbury.

Remembering the Somme, 1916-2016 – Friday 1 July, Rothbury War Memorial

The Valley Remembers

The Battle of the Somme raged from 1 July until 18 November 1916 and during that time more than one million men were killed or wounded. On Friday 1 July 2016 short acts of remembrance was held at the War Memorial in Rothbury to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle. We remembered, in particular, the seventeen men of Upper Coquetdale whose names are to be found on the war memorials of the Valley and who died at the Somme. The start of the Battle and its false optimism was recalled in the act of remembrance at 8.00 am when the flag of the Northumberland Fusiliers was raised and Reveille sounded. At 8.00 pm, following the half-muffled ringing of the church bells, a second more sombre ceremony  marked the tragic losses of the Battle. The names were read of those from the Valley who fell, the Regimental flag will be lowered and a lament played. All were invited to attend these acts of remembrance, especially relatives of those who died in the terrible slaughter of the Somme.

Their Name Liveth for Evermore

Alfred Chisam
Henry George ClarkFusiliers leaving Rothbury 1916
William Dawson
Phillip Downie
William Forster
Robert Gutherson
George Hately
Robert Hounam
James Frederick Hood
Thomas Murray
Francis Alexander McGregor
James McTear
Robert Henry Pringle
James Robert Richardson
James Scott Richardson
James Weallans Rutherford
George Henry Hall Scott


Parish of Upper Coquetdale Profile

Our six Church of England churches are all very different, well worth visiting and are open every day, for everyone.  From the top they are:

      • St Michael and All Angels, Alnham
      • St Michael and All Angels, Alwinton
      • St Mary the Virgin, Holystone
      • Christ Church, Hepple
      • St Andrew, Thropton
      • All Saints, Rothbury

From Rothbury they are all within a ten mile radius, in and beside the Northumberland National Park.

Parish Churches

What’s the weather like in Rothbury? Thropton? Hepple? Holystone? Alwinton? Alnham?