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.

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Prayers for our Parish  12.00 to 1pm

Tuesday 3 July Rothbury

Tuesday 17 July Hepple

Tuesday 7 August Holystone

Tuesday 14 August Alwinton

Tuesday 21August  Thropton

Tuesday 28 August Alnham


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!!!!!


Stuart Brindley- Funeral service for Stuart on Monday 9 July at 12.45pm at the Church of the Ascension, Creighton Avenue Kenton NE3 4UN and then at Newcastle West Road Crematorium NE5 2JL at 2.15 with refreshments from 2.30pm at the City of Newcastle Golf Club Three Mile Bridge Gt North Road NE3 2DR. Requiem mass for Stuart on Tuesday 10 July at 2.45pm in Rothbury Parish Church.


Hear Royal Northern Sinfonia on your doorstep this summer 24 July 7.30pm at All Saints, celebrating the great music of the North in our region’s beautiful churches. Enjoy enchanting works by Sibelius, Nielsen, and Grieg, including specially commissioned ensemble arrangements of Sibelius’ two best-loved symphonies. RNS will present a programme of Scandinavian music, centred around Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. The concert will also feature Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings and Seranata in Vano amongst other iconic Nordic works. Tickets cost £15 or just £5 for Under 18s and are available at sagegateshead.com or from our Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661. Welcome to Nordic Summer Nights…

RHT Summer Fayre, Saturday 21 July starting at 11am at All Saints Church, Rothbury. We need items for tombola and raffle prizes. We also need bric a brac and unwanted gifts, books and DVDs, We shall be doing lunches and teas which will consist of quiche and salad with a roll, and tea/coffee and cake.  This format has proved very popular and we hope that as many people as possible will contribute either quiche or cake (or maybe both!).  We shall also need helpers on the day.  There will be lists at the back of the churches for volunteers to fill in. If you have anything to donate please see Margaret Pope, Ros Maudsley or Gloria and Adrian Hulford. Many Thanks

Tea, scones and chat at John & Pat Wylam’s Nether House, Garleigh Road, Rothbury on Monday 2 July  from   2.30 – 4.30pm. If transport required telephone John or Pat on 622805







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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 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?