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!


It was announced this morning, 28 May 2017, that our Rector since 2011,
The Reverend Michael Boag,
will be leaving us to become Rector of St Nicholas, Worth, West Sussex
(Rector of St Nicholas’ Worth and Maidenbower
with the conventional district of St Barnabas Pound Hill),
in the Diocese of Chichester.


Michael’s new address:

Worth Rectory, Church Road, Worth, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7RT
 01293 882229

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


This year’s RHT Christmas raffle will be drawn at our Christmas Fair on 9 December in the Jubilee Hall.  We are hoping to attract ticket buyers with a selection of really good prizes.  If you have a contact whom you think would be willing and able to donate an attractive prize please would you approach them with a request, or contact one of the wardens.  Our raffle is one of the highlights of our fund-raising during the year: please help to make it a resounding success this year.

The next hand bell practice will be held at the Parish Rooms on Thursday  26 October at 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms.  All are welcome to come to learn how to ring tunes on hand bells.  If you are interested and would like to come, please contact Madeline Littlewood (01669) 650101 or email madelinelittlewood@gmail.com.

Do you have any Christmas cards which year on year you never send out?  Please bring them along to the RHT produce stall on Sunday 5 November and we’ll move them on for you, raising money at the same time

Bishop in Mission 6-9 September 2018 Information roadshow

Come along and be inspired about this exciting mission opportunity be among the first to hear about the Church of England lead by the Archbishop of York find out how you could be involved at…

St Michaels, Alnwick 17 October at 7pm

St Andrew’s,   2  November at 7pm

Church House North Shields  8 November 7pm

Open to all, do go along and find out more about this important  event that will be taking place next year.

Wedding: please keep in your prayers John Robert Dunn & Helen Elizabeth Shepherd who will be  married at Alwinton on Saturday 21 October.

Baptism: At Alwinton on 22 October we shall welcome Xanthe  Rose Mawer into the Church of God in the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Please keep her and her parents in your prayers.

Baptism: At All Saints on the on 22 October we shall welcome William Edward Russell Cuthbert into the Church of God in the sacrament of Holy Baptism. Please keep him and his parents in your prayers



Parish Uppercoquetdale




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 september 2017 (1)


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?