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


On 11 November the bell ringers of All Saints’ Rothbury will join thousands of bell ringers across the country by ringing to mark the Armistice Centenary. In alignment with the HM Government initiative the bells will be rung half-muffled before the morning church service at 9.45am, but will then ring open at 12.30pm to align with the national processions and marches in celebration of peace and the ending of World War I.


BINGO TUESDAY 13th NOVEMBER AT 7.30pm at The Rose & Thistle Inn, Alwinton ALL WELCOME, “children’s prizes” Fundraiser for Alwinton & Holystone Churches


Our RHT Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday 17 November in the Jubilee Hall.  It will run from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and entry is £1 to include tea/coffee and biscuits.  The stalls will include gifts, festive produce, tombola, raffle and the sale of Christmas trees and cards and, of course, many others.  We would like offers of help – running/helping on stalls, making drinks, serving in the kitchen or washing up.  Any offer would be gratefully received.  There are lists at the back of church or please speak to Ros Maudslay, Margaret Pope, Adrian or Gloria Hulford. The raffle tickets will be on sale as soon as possible

All Saints Roof Appeal launch : we now have the Faculty Approval to move forward on the south aisle roof and tower works.  We are planning an official launch on Saturday 8 December in the morning when we hope that the congregation and village alike will come along to see what needs to be done to make our roof watertight and tower safer.  You will be able to “sponsor” a tile for £10 or give a donation – gift aided or not.  The plans will be on show for anyone who wishes to look

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








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

What’s the weather like in Rothbury? Thropton? Hepple? Holystone? Alwinton? Alnham?