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)

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!


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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Tea, scones and chat at John & Pat Wylam’s Nether House, Garleigh Road, Rothbury on Monday 5 March from   2.30 – 4.30pm. If transport required telephone John or Pat on 622805


Lent Lunches in support of Christian Aid Come to the Jubilee Hall every Friday in Lent 12-1.30pm and enjoy a light home-made lunch £4.50. All Saints are catering on the 9 March  so offers of home -made soup / fruit pie and help gratefully received by Gill Burn 620511


Midday Music is back with a concert on Saturday 10 March, starting at noon with coffee from 11.30am. Magnus Williamson is returning with the New Vocal Ensemble from Newcastle University presenting ‘Josquin’, a programme of early music for voices and organ. Last year’s concert was superb and I am sure that this year will equal it.


The Church Electoral Roll for the parish will be undergoing its annual revision shortly.  If you are not already on the roll we would like to encourage you to join.  The 2017 Roll and the application forms are at the back of each church; completed forms should be put in the large brown envelope no later than Sunday 25 March.  If you have filled in an application form since 2013, you do not need to fill one in again.  Margaret Pope, Parish Electoral Roll Officer


Lenten Devotions This Lent we are invited to join with the Lent  Groups run by UCCT. The meetings will take place at the URC at 7.30pm on Thursdays, 1, 8, 15 and 22 March, led by John Cox. Refreshments will be served first. The meditations will be based on themes drawn from the Old Testament Prophets – justice, suffering, hope and love. Worship material will use words from the Iona Community. See you there!


All Saints Church Spring Clean – a note for your diaries please.  Ros and Margaret are planning to have a spring clean of the church on Tuesday 20 March.  More details to follow.










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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 March 2018 (2)


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?