Yarpole Community Shop Association Ltd. (The Shop in the Church).

Yarpole Shop logo5 of 5 stars The regular shop opening hours are –

Monday to Wednesday – 9.00am to 1.00pm & 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Open Thursday & Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

Saturday – 9.00am to 1.00pm

Sunday & Bank Holidays - closed until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Post Office open 9-12midday Monday to Saturday.

Telephone: 01568 780148 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gallery cafe is closed but is providing takeaway meals.



Please read the details below! However, as a summary to order food at this time:

Step 1: Download and complete an account application form Shop Account Application Form

Step 2: Check the Shop Products list Shop Products

Step 3: Email the shop with your order to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yarpole Community Shop will be closed on Sundays and will not be open for any sales. Newspapers will still be available, if pre-ordered and paid for on account or by vouchers. Newspapers are being placed on tables inside the church. The Shop and the Post Office remain open weekdays and are both operating normal hours. The Shop is manned by volunteers, many of whom are elderly, and circumstances may change. Any changes will be published on the website. Anyone wishing to make an order through the Shop should either email using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or if you do not have access to emails, please ring the YPGNS mobile phone on 07885 525776 and leave a message at which point a volunteer will contact you within 24 hours to confirm receipt of the message and will then pass your order over to the Shop. The orders will then be collated; they will be dropped off by YPGNS volunteers.

However, it will be essential that you have a credit account with the shop in order to facilitate this service – so if you do not currently have an account with us please complete an online Shop Account Application Form. Normally this facility is only available to Shop Shareholders but we are waiving this necessity in view of current circumstances. However, please become a shareholder and download a printable Share Application Form. The Shop will do its best to deliver all that you ask for - but of course cannot guarantee it will always be able to supply everything on your order. You can view the Shop products by following this link.

You will have noticed our request that customers wash their hands prior to entering the shop. Whilst to some this may seem excessive or unreasonable (after all most shops don’t) nonetheless as a community owned shop we do feel a responsibility to protect our community, and our volunteer staff, as much as we can. We hope therefore that you will help us observe this small precaution.

We would also like to ask for your help in avoiding the shop getting crowded. If you see the shop is busy with more than two customers inside, we would ask you to wait in the church until a customer leaves. We would be grateful if customers were to observe the distancing guidance in front of the shop and Post Office counter.

We expect some of our volunteers to self-isolate during this period so if you are able to help out as a new volunteer for a few hours a week, (maybe you are working from home), do please get in touch with us. We would love to welcome you to the team. Similarly if you can help the YPGNS then please get in touch.

Please note: To reduce risks associated with congestion in the shop and the newspaper cupboard outside becoming over full, a new system of issuing newspapers to customers has been put in place. Customers having newspaper accounts or paying by voucher will not need to come into the shop each day to collect their papers. You will see that we have placed three tables in the Church on which pre-ordered newspapers (and any other pre-ordered publications) are being placed having been labelled with customers names. Spare Saturday and (weekday) papers will be kept inside the shop for purchase on a pay-at-the-time basis.
No spare newspapers will be made available on future Sundays as the shop will be shut on Sundays after 29th March.

Ordering for delivery
Placing and picking and delivering of orders for those self-isolating is functioning well but please be patient if, as expected, the volume of orders ramps up. This is not only relating to timing but also, with regard to expectation of 100% fulfilment of orders placed.
To assist with choice you will find a list of the items we normally hold in stock (some 1500 lines!!). These items are broken down by category. These lists can be found at Our Products

Shopping on site
Please be aware that we may be compelled for health reasons to introduce a system which precludes customers, apart from those using the Post Office, actually coming into the shop. Under these circumstances, we will ask customers to either pre-order what they need to buy or to provide your shopping list at the door of the shop so that your order can be picked by volunteers and passed to you. Having a shop account would obviously be ideal under these circumstances. Failing that, contactless card payment would be preferred.

Pre-ordering three days before required delivery or pick-up would greatly assist with provision of fruit and vegetables and items such as quiches. Pre-order by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as this will allow your order to be acknowledged.

Bread Deliveries
Some of you may be aware that our usual daily bread supplier, Central Bakery, has closed. Reassuringly we have been able increase our order with Swifts in Ludlow and have also arranged with two other suppliers to keep our bread deliveries as we need them.

Finally – please remember, to protect us all, we are strongly encouraging all customers and our valuable volunteers to observe the hand-washing and social-distancing requirements.

Thank you for your continued support of our Community Shop. Aren't we lucky to have it!


Yarpole shop community project funding 2020.

After consideration of the Shop’s draft financial results for 2019, the Management Committee are pleased to recommend that £2000 is made available for funding of Community Projects this year. This figure will be put to the shareholders for ratification at the AGM which is scheduled to take place on June 18th 2020 – Coronavirus dependent. At this time, shareholders will decide which applications for funding will be approved, if necessary, by ballot. All requests for funding are to be delivered on a completed application form which can be downloaded below.

Project Funding Application Form

There is a strict deadline for receipt of applications of May 15th. Any applications received after that date will be held over to the 2021 AGM for consideration, dependent of course on what sum, if any, is set aside after the 2020 financial position is known. The application forms include advisory notes on the project funding process and what information is required.

If there are any queries, then please speak to one of the management committee members or email your query to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Board nominations required at the shop’s Annual General Meeting.

The Yarpole Community Shop’s Annual General Meeting will take place in St Leonard’s Church on June 18th starting at 7.00pm – Coronavirus permitting. One of the major items on the agenda is that of the election, by the shareholders, of up to eight members of the Management Board. The rules state that all current members should stand down and put themselves forward for re-election if they so wish.
We are always looking for new blood to join the management team. For anyone who may be interested in helping to shape the future of the shop and post office, Nomination Forms can be completed here.
We would be very happy to hear from prospective candidates and are very willing to discuss with them what the positions entail. For more information, please make contact with Andrew Praill in person or by phone on 01568 780358 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Your shop needs a strong and effective Management Board, ideally made up of the maximum permitted eight people to allow for sensible distribution of roles and responsibilities. Such a team will help to ensure the ongoing success of this Community-owned enterprise so, if you feel that you can assist, please put your name forward before June 11th.

Our shop and Post Office are what helps to make Yarpole the great place it is.

If you feel you would like to volunteer in either the Café or the Shop please follow the link. Volunteer here.

The first community shop to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

We are a community run village shop based in St Leonard's church, Yarpole, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0BD.

Learn our history in About Us.

We are the first full-time shop in a church, open 7 days a week, run completely by volunteers. Come and visit us!

The Shop was voted Best Village Shop & Post Office in the UK in 2010 in the Countryside Alliance Awards. A group from the shop travelled to the House of Lords to be presented with the award.

Yarpole Shop volunteers outside the Houses of Parliament



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