Welcome to our website…

Welcome to the Parish of Upper Coquetdale website.


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)

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

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

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

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!


Bernard Gilpin 1517- 2017

Apostle of the Borders – Peacemaker

 To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Bernard Gilpin, John Tribe has carved this panel in stone from Canterbury Cathedral, depicting a famous scene in All Saints church, that is also remembered in a wall painting in nearby Wallington Hall.

messy church logo  Messy Church is held in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 4pm



The Harvest Festival service at All Saints Rothbury will be held on 14 October.  Any produce which is kindly donated will be taken to the Peoples Kitchen in Newcastle during the following week.  Offers of transportation of the produce would be greatly appreciated.

Mothers’ Union– We will be serving scrumptious Harvest Lunches from 12 noon till 1:30 pm on Monday 15 October  in The Parish Rooms. Please help us to support families and projects with your presence and donations, thank you.


Owing to the closure of  Barclays Bank money collected from All Saints, Christchurch and St Andrew’s will in the future be paid into a Lloyds account. Therefore would you please now make cheques out to Rothbury PCC-CG which is the account we used before changing to Barclays. There is no need to change Standing Orders as they will still be paid into the Barclays account. Thank you

Messy Church needs your help!   Messy Church – one of the seven congregations in our parish and based in the Parish Rooms at Rothbury – is very important to our mission here in the parish. Bringing families into our faith in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. We meet once a month – on the third Sunday of every month at 4 pm. As well as craft activities and worship based on a  Christian theme, we all eat together for fellowship before leaving at about 5.30 pm.  We welcome people from 0 – 100+ and some even from out of the valley! last month we had an 83 year old join us for the first time – she loved the ‘banter’ Would you be able to help out? Come along and join in by talking to families, making them feel welcome. Help with the craft activities or the food, or act as the welcome person to sign people in at the beginning of a session, every time or just occasionally?  We would love you to join us or just come along and see what goes on – you may surprise yourself and have a good time! For more details please speak to Carol Milburn or one of the church wardens.

Rothbury, Hepple and Thropton churches are hoping to form a small team who would co-ordinate occasional catering requirements.  We have people who very kindly bake but it would be good to have people to bring things together for us.  If you feel that you are able to help, you don’t need to be a “baker” just have organisational skills, please do speak to either Ken Branson, Margaret Pope or Margy Tasker-Brown.  It is an important task which sometimes gets overlooked and things run so smoothly if there are people at the helm.










Parish Uppercoquetdale




 Parish Profile:   UCP Parish Profile    UCP Parish Profile Annex B –

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
Colin Wheeler 

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

Upper Coquetdale Newsletter:  UCRG newsletter October 2018

A Letter from Bishop Christine: from Bishop Christine May 2017-001


Parish Churches

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