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elcome 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!

May service 2016       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!

Sunday 12 June is the official birthday of Her Majesty The Queen and Coquetdale will celebrate!

There will be service of thanksgiving at 10.15 in All Saints Rothbury followed by a celebratory quarter peal of bells. Then at 12.00 noon a children’s street party will begin with a parade of crowns followed by games (including a parachuting teddy bear competition), fair rides and a free tea party.

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.

The valley’s children are invited to spend half-term creating their own crowns for the Crown Parade and to reserve their seats at the Tea Party. Tickets are free but we need to know how many children are coming and what their ages are in case we need to organise more than one sitting!

Book your place here:



If you can help – and we need plenty of food donations, games and parade marshalls plus help putting up and taking down the URC stage – please get in touch with kate@happeningupnorth.com

Following the children’s party, Rothbury village centre will host live music and a street food fair from 5.00 – 9.00pm. Everyone is very welcome. So choose your meal, sit yourself down and enjoy an evening of celebration with your neighbours and friends!

James Tait – new CD The Long Journey Home – launch on Sunday 26 June, 2.30-4.30 pm, Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton. Tickets £7.50 from Tully’s, Rothbury or from James Tait, 07582 475489

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


100 Club: You are invited, with friends and family, to the All Saints 100 Club Renewal Free Coffee Morning on Saturday 11 June between 10 and 12 noon in All Saints Church, Rothbury. For more information ring 0776 346 9246.

Don’t forget the Plant and Produce stall at the Street Fair, Rothbury on Monday 30 May.  Please either bring your contributions to the morning service at All Saints on Sunday 29 or leave them in church later that day, or you can bring them to the stall – before 10.00am if possible – on the day.  If you are able to help to set up, or to spend even half an hour on the stall, please sign up on the list at the back of church.  Contact  Ros (01665 570700) or Carol (621731) if you have any queries.

James Tait CD launch for his album ‘The Long Journey home’. A feast of original music combining the Northumbrian idiom with a slight classical twist. Sunday 26 June at 2.30pm at the Coquetdale Music Trust in Thropton. Tickets available from Tully’s shop, priced at £7.50. Proceeds from tickets sales going to Rothbury Christmas Lights fund.

Wansbeck Food Bank If you would like to donate an item for the Wansbeck Food Bank, there is now a black bin in the Rest Room at All Saints for your contribution.

 Alwinton church summer concerts- Tickets now available from Shepherds Walks or online at




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?