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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 last service in Upper Coquetdale
will be in All Saints, Rothbury, on Sunday 3 September at 11am,
followed by lunch in the Jubilee Institute.
His licensing will be in St Nicholas on Monday 2 October, at 7.30pm
– all most welcome! St Nicholas’ Church, Church Road, Worth, Crawley, RH10 7RT
is a two minute drive from Junction 10a of the M23.
The closest railway station is Three Bridges – 1.5 miles from the church.

The Parish of Worth invitation

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, parish rooms Rothbury, this Sunday at 4pm. All welcome!

Sunday 17 September  At Brinkburn: do come to listen to some beautiful music. The Coquetdale Chamber Choir is singing from 12.00 to 12.45, so it’s possible to get there after the 10.15 service!  The choir will be singing a great programme of music including Russian pieces which will resonate all around the Priory. Come  along to what promises to be an excellent concert… Then, stay on and hear Voicemale at 3.15! Concert free, English Heritage charges apply.

 Mothers’ Union will be meeting in Parish Hall on Monday 18 September at 2.15pm. Subject for this meeting Hand Bells by Colin and Gill Wheeler. Do come along and find out about work of Mothers’ Union.

Sunday 1st October at 7.30 pm in The Northumberland Hall, Alnwick Voicemale will be giving a joint concert with a choir from Burgdorf near Hannover in northern Germany. Der Chor des Herrn K (Mr K’s Choir) is a large and electrifying Pop and Rock choir with a tuneful and exhilarating repertoire drawn from England, the USA and Germany. After the concert, there will be drinks (including real ales) for sale, and the chance to talk with the members of the two choirs. A musical and social occasion not to be missed! Tickets (£10) available from Tully’s or from Graham Stacy (Tel: 640382)
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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 september 2017 (1)





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

 Parish of Upper Coquetdale Profile

Our six Church of England churches are all very different, well worth visiting and are open every day, for everyone.  From the top they are:

      • St Michael and All Angels, Alnham
      • St Michael and All Angels, Alwinton
      • St Mary the Virgin, Holystone
      • Christ Church, Hepple
      • St Andrew, Thropton
      • All Saints, Rothbury

From Rothbury they are all within a ten mile radius, in and beside the Northumberland National Park.

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What’s the weather like in Rothbury? Thropton? Hepple? Holystone? Alwinton? Alnham?