Situated in the centre of the village of Yarpole (easily accessible from Leominster to the South and Ludlow to the North) Saint Leonard’s has 12th century origins and is one of the few churches in the country to have a separate Bell Tower (a tourist attraction in its own right).
The distant origins of the building, however, belie its current status as a warm, welcoming venue suitable for a wide variety of events.
In 2009 the church benefited from almost a quarter of a million pounds of investment which improved the environment of the whole building. A new fully insulated floor with underfloor heating was installed and the full expanse of the roof was insulated. The old pews were removed and the nave of the church can now be completely unobstructed or seats may be set out to suit individual users’ requirements. New WC’s were installed, including one with access for the disabled. At the west end of the church a separate structure was constructed which now houses the multi-award winning Yarpole Community Shop and Post Office. Above this is a gallery area which accommodates a cafe and kitchen.
The acoustics of the building are excellent and this has attracted several choirs and other singing groups to perform here. Our local choir “Birchpole Singers” use the church for their regular weekly rehearsals.