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!


We would be delighted if you are able to join us for these services.

Christmas Eve

  • 4pm Crib service in All Saints, Rothbury
  • 4pm Crib service in Alwinton
  • 6pm Carol Service in Alnham  *Please note the time
  • 11.30pm Midnight Mass at All Saints, Rothbury
  • 11.30pm Midnight Mass at Holystone

Christmas Day

  • 9am Holy Communion at Hepple
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at All Saints, Rothbury
  • 11am Holy Communion at Alwinton

 Watchnight service on New Year’s Eve at St Mary’s Holystone is at 6.00pm.

Morning prayer will be suspended for the Christmas period as follows:

Christmas Eve until Wednesday 2nd January.

There will be no Wednesday Holy Communion on Boxing Day but the service will recommence on Wednesday 2nd January

The church will be open for private prayer during daylight hours every day as usual from Thursday 27th December.


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  Messy Church is held in the Parish Hall on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 4pm


We are delighted to announce the licensing service for our new Rector Canon John Sinclair will take place on Thursday 28 February at 7.30pm in All Saints, Rothbury. The service will be led by the Bishop of Newcastle. Refreshments to follow in the Jubilee Hall. There are lots of arrangements to put in place but please put the date into your diary now!

The All Saints Roof Appeal has had a successful year – thank you to those who supported our many events such as concerts and Class Again.  Also thank you to the people who came along to the Launch on 8 December and either “Sponsored a Tile” or gave a donation.  Our “man on the ladder” has now reached £10,000.

Owing to the closure of  Barclays Bank money collected from All Saints,  Christchurch and St Andrew’s will in the future be paid into a Lloyds account. Therefore would you please now make cheques out to Rothbury PCC-CG which is the account we used before changing to Barclays. There is no need to change Standing Orders as they will still be paid into the Barclays account. Thank you








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 December 18 January 2019 (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?