Welcome to our website…

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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RHT “Bonfire Bonanza” is coming up on Saturday 5 November.  Please keep the date free if you can and look out items which you can donate to the “Good as New” stall as well as the tombola.  Please leave these in the Flower Vestry from the Sunday before the event.   (Tombola prizes by noon on Friday the 4th, please.)  Contributions of cakes etc, which will be served with the Coffees and Teas, can be left from Friday afternoon (or by arrangement with Ros or Carol). We hope we shall be able to sign up willing volunteers to help on the day – a list will appear at the back of church as usual!

RHT Produce Stall: There will be no produce stall on Sunday 6 November due to the Bonfire Bonanza the previous day. Please donate any items you would have made for the stall to the fair’s produce stall. We will have a stall as normal on the first Sunday in December .

Voicemale concert at The Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton on Wednesday evening 26 October at 7.30pm. £10 adult under 14’s free please pay at the door

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. We have invited them to come to Rothbury to share their food, flavours from the refugee lands, and their stories with us. You can book your place on Facebook – Samosa Sisters in Rothbury and online: www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for free events in Rothbury on 30 October.

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



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

Services this month:   october-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?