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.

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Prayers for our Parish  12.00 to 1pm

Tuesday 19 June Alnham (outside on the grass verge)

Tuesday 3 July Rothbury

Tuesday 17 July Hepple

Tuesday 7 August Holystone

Tuesday 14 August Alwinton

Tuesday 21August  Thropton

Tuesday 28 August Alnham


INTERREGNUM PRAYER NETWORK- The Tuesday Parish prayers are going well and I will continue the sessions whenever I am available. But we all pray in different ways and not everyone is free on a Tuesday lunchtime. So I will now set up a prayer network in addition to   run every day until our new Rector is licensed! I will email out a list of prayer requests each week and by joining you will commit to praying each intercession at some time during that day. To join in, just send me an email to  ann_m_peters@hotmail.com   and your message will arrive each week. I will be the only one to hold your data, and emails will be blind-copied so not made available to anyone else.  Let’s pray!!!!!


Renewal Day for Rothbury, Hepple and Thropton Churches 100 Club.

To renew your membership or to join please come along to the Parish Hall on Saturday 30 June, between 10.30 and 12.30.  Enjoy  free coffee and biscuits. You have to be in it to win it! Prizes from £10 to £100!!


Pimm’s Party Sunday 1 July 12.30pm- Glebe House, Holystone Tickets £10 to include a glass of Pimms and delicious canapes, Live music and auction in aid of Alwinton & Holystone Churches, contacts Helen 650342,Julia 630241, Marion 650328.


Mother’s Union – We meet tomorrow in the Parish Rooms at 2:15 pm to be brought up to date by Captain Peter Crenshaw on the excellent work done by the Salvation Army. Anyone interested will be most welcome.


RHT Summer Fayre, Saturday 21 July starting at 11am at All Saints Church, Rothbury. We would be grateful of any help on the day but we also require items for tombola and raffle prizes. We also need bric a brac and unwanted gifts, books and DVDs and for the cooks amongst you quiches and cakes. If you can help or have anything to donate please see Margaret Pope, Ros Maudsley or Gloria and Adrian Hulford. Many Thanks.








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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 June 2018


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


Parish Churches

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