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



Prayers for our Parish  12.00 to 1pm


Tuesday 7 August Holystone

Tuesday 14 August Alwinton

Tuesday 21August  Thropton

Tuesday 28 August Alnham

Tea, scones and chat at John & Pat Wylam’s Nether House, Garleigh Road, Rothbury on Monday 6 August from   2.30 – 4.30pm. If transport required telephone John or Pat on 622805


UCCT Churches Together are looking for volunteers to be on their tent at the Gate show on 12 August and at Thropton on 15 September.  An hour or two between about noon an 4pm would be a great help and both are fun events.  Contact Ros on 622 878 or Vikki Ewen on 622 808.


The churchwardens would like to organize a few sessions to clean the Rectory before we begin our interviews in September.  Let’s get a few teams together from the whole parish so that we can have the Rectory looking spic and span for any prospective incumbent. If you are able to give an hour or two during August please would you let one of your wardens know as soon as possible so that we can make up a rota.  Whatever you feel able to do – heavy or light work you will be very welcome.   Many thanks.


Wedding: please keep in your prayers Matthew John Muchall and Danielle Joy Calvert  who  married at  All Saints on the 4 August .


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!!!!!


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 July August 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?