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

Services this month:    August 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 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.



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


Tea, scones and chat at John & Pat Wylam’s Nether House, Garleigh Road, Rothbury on Monday 5 September from   2.30 – 4.30pm. If transport required telephone John or Pat on 622805


All Saints Pipe Organ on Thursday 1 September at 7 pm there will be a short but informative talk given by Dominic Gwynn of Goetze and Gwynn about the restoration of our listed 1866 organ and the work of William Hill the Organ Makers who also made the 1868 Organ at Brinkburn Priory. Venue will be the church and the talk is scheduled for just 30 minutes. All are welcome and the information given is expected to be of use to anyone who may in future wish to use the Heritage Lottery Fund funded power point presentation.


All Saints Pipe Organ Returns– The restoration of the pipe organ is nearing completion. It will be brought back on Tuesday 30 August and by the weekend will be substantially rebuilt in its new position by four Goetze and Gwynne staff. Three others will complete the work and tuning in the following week completing their work by Friday 9 September. All will therefore be in place in time for our celebrations on September 17. The restorers have made it clear that they will welcome visitors. Follow us on Facebook at All Saints Organ Rothbury


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.

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





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?