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!


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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On Easter Sunday  at All Saints we are delighted to welcome our Handbells Group to our service. After the first communion hymn they will ring the tune to the hymn “Jesus Christ is risen today” and then when the organ joins in the congregation are invited to sing along too. Huge thank to them for coming to enhance our worship on this special day.


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


Do come along to All Saints, Rothbury, at 3 pm on Sunday 29 April for a Coquet Singers Concert – When Spring Comes In –  with a varied programme of songs and readings.  Refreshments will be available following the concert.  Donations welcome for:  All Saints Roof Appeal, HospiceCare Northumberland and Coquet Singers.


‘Class Again’ – All Saints Church, Rothbury, will be holding a sale of good quality pre-owned clothes and accessories from 10.00 am on 5 May 2018 in the Rothbury Parish Hall. The proceeds will be in aid of church funds for the repair of the roof of All Saints Rothbury. Please do sort out your wardrobes and see if you have any good quality items you could let us have, also any easy to transport clothes rails.  Please speak to Ros Maudslay (01669 622878), Margaret Pope (01669 621057) or Adrian and Gloria Hulford (01669 620184).  And, of course, please do come along and buy, changing facilities will be available and coffee/tea and biscuits for sale.


On Wednesday 4 April we will welcome to Rothbury our “pilgrim friends” from the Parish of Portslade and Mile Oak.  They will be having a Taize service in All Saints at 3 pm followed by tea and biscuits.  All are welcome to join them, please do come along.


Frances Smallman and Margaret Sinclair would like to thank all those All Saints church members who have kindly donated money towards the Easter Flowers 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 April 2018 (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?