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.

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Messy Church at 4pm On Sunday in the Parish Hall

WERS  Clothes for refugee MEN only please this time. They currently have enough of other things.  Collection  Sat. 25 November, 9.00 – 12.00. in the Parish Hall.  Enquiries to  AnThea, 621234

Mothers’ Union meeting Monday 20 November in Parish Hall at 2-15pm. Speaker  Mrs Maggie Monaghan “Wood land”. Please remember items for shoe boxes which go to Peoples Kitchen. All Welcome

 The Friends of Biddlestone Chapel will be holding their 2017 Annual Service of Readings and Hymns for Advent on Friday 1 December at 5.30 pm.  The service will be led by Fr. Peter Etterley and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the undercroft.  All welcome

Let’s Celebrate Wednesday 6 December at 7pm. A year on from the inauguration of the organ, come and see a time-lapse presentation on its dismantling and rebuilding, hear a short recital, look at the new display boards and enjoy a glass of wine. There is no charge but donations are welcome.

The Rothbury, Hepple and ThroptoChristmas Fair will be held on Saturday,  9 December in the Jubilee Hall from 10.30am – 12.30pm.   The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at noon.  Tickets are now available so please buy as many as you feel able – they will not be distributed to everyone as in previous years.  There will be a tombola and also a bottle tombola as the one at the Summer Fair was extremely popular.  Please look out items you would be willing to donate for one or both of these and either give them to the wardens in church or leave them (labelled please!) in the flower vestry.   As well as our own Produce Stall in the main hall we shall be selling cake for people to have with their tea and coffee in the small hall and will need volunteers to help with that; please would you sign up on the volunteer sheets at the back of church – and of course we will need as much cake and other produce as possible to sell on the day


Messy Church I am looking for someone who will take responsibility for making everyone a cup of tea at the end of the Messy Church Sessions. They would be responsible for ensuring we have enough supplies, buying milk and serving everyone with a very welcome cup of tea at the end of a session. This would be from 4.45pm on the third Sunday of the month every month. You even get some a free tea to go with it! If you think You could help on a regular basis please speak to Carol Milburn

Personal Invitation We are asking all members of every congregation in the valley to take an envelope containing a personal invitation to Messy Church to put through the door of a family living near them, who may be interested in coming along to Messy Church. Please helps us with this initiative to encourage outreach into our community. Thank you in anticipation Carol

Do you have any digital photographs which record our church life during 2017?  If so, please could you send them to our Parish Administrator   e mail parish123@btinternet.com.  We will need to have a date and a short explanation of what the event was.  We would like to upload a variety to our website to show what our churches have been involved with during the year.

This years RHT Christmas raffle will be drawn at our Christmas Fair on9 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.



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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 november 2017


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


Parish Churches

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