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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!

June service 2016

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

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

Services this month: 

 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 will be 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.

open garden day



12.30pm-5pm Tickets £5.00 Each, Children 16yrs and Under Free (available from Julia Stott 630241, Jackie Bickmore 650348 and Gail Johnston 650460) Also available at each Garden on the day Raffle, Cake Stall with Jams & Marmalades, Plant Stall. Then enjoy a cream tea for sale at Elilaw in Aid of Alwinton with Holystone Churches fundraising.

Westfield Farm, Thropton, NE65 7LB,
Holystone Mill, Holystone, NE65 7AJ
Wayside Cottage, Harbottle, NE65 7DQ
1 Biddlestone Village, Biddlestone, NE65 7DT
2 Biddlestone Village, Biddlestone, NE65 7DT
Burradon Hall, Netherton, NE65 7HF
3 Harden View, Netherton, NE65 7HS
4 Harden View, Netherton, NE65 7HS
4 Netherton Northside, Netherton, NE65 7HA
3 Netherton Northside, Netherton, NE65 7HA
Elilaw Farmhouse, Elilaw, NE65 7HN

James Tait CD launch for his album ‘The Long Journey home’. Sunday 26 June at 2.30pm at the Coquetdale Music Trust , Thropton. Tickets available from Tully’s shop, priced at £7.50. Proceeds from tickets sales going to Rothbury Christmas Lights funds


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 will be held at the War Memorial in Rothbury to mark the centenary of the start of the Battle. These will remember 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 will be recalled in the act of remembrance at 8.00 am when the flag of the Northumberland Fusiliers will be raised and Reveille sounded. At 8.00 pm, following the half-muffled ringing of the church bells, a second more sombre ceremony will mark the tragic losses of the Battle. The names will be read of those from the Valley who fell, the Regimental flag will be lowered and a lament played. All are invited to attend these acts of remembrance and it is hoped especially that relatives of those who died in the terrible slaughter of the Somme will be present.

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

Alnham church gin tasting Come and try three local gins – Hepple, Durham and Jack’s – at St Michael’s Alnham on Sunday 3 July, starting at 12.30 pm (after Holy Communion at 11.30 am). Tickets £5 include a gin & tonic or a gin martini – with canapés – available at the door. This will also be an opportunity to learn about the repairs and developments proposed for this lovely Grade 1 church.


Duck Race held by the Resource group in aid of fundraising for a Risograph on 3 July 2pm at Shill Moor Farm with pooled picnic and raffle, anybody wanting to sell a sheet of ducks please get in touch with Susan Rogerson  Margaret ward or Gail Johnston.


100 Club Draw – £210 of prize money this month! The first number drawn in the June Draw, on Sunday 26th, will receive £100! Have you got a number? Have you renewed your membership? If you wish to support your churches, and be in with a chance to win one of the 7 lucky numbers, then contact Sue on 01669 620011 or email susan@rogerbowmer.co.uk

RHT Produce Stall There will be a produce stall next week following the 10.15am service. All donations of baked goods, preserves, plants, home grown vegetables will be gratefully received. Please support this fund raising effort by buying goods and donating generously.

Tea, scones and chat at John & Pat Wylam’s Nether House, Garleigh Road, Rothbury On Monday 4 July from   2.30 – 4.30pm. If transport required telephone John or Pat on 622805

Wedding: please keep in your prayers David Taylor & Gemma Lianne Smith who married at Hepple yesterday



House for Duty Priest

 The Bishop wishes to appoint a House for Duty Priest in the Parish of Upper Coquetdale. For details please contact:

The Archdeacon of Lindisfarne
4 Acomb Close
NE61 2YH
Tel (01670) 503 810 • Fax (01670) 503 469

Further details and application form from the Bishop’s Secretary
Bishop’s House, 29 Moor Road South
Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1PA
Tel: 0191 285 2220 • Fax: 0191 284 6933

Enhanced DBS clearance required

Parish of Upper Coquetdale Profile

Alwinton Vicarage

 Alwinton Vicarage description (1)  Alwinton Vicarage description (2)

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?