Welcome to the Yarpole Parish website - get information on events, facilities within the Parish, social groups, Yarpole Community Shop, The Bell at Yarpole, volunteering opportunities, the Parish Council and the PCC and more.

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Coronavirus - if you have a cough, sore throat, headache, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell - please keep away from public spaces. For the latest NHS advice click here.

The Bell at Yarpole re-opens - Saturday, 1st August.

Gallery Cafe extended opening hours and sandwiches Thursdays and Fridays now 10.30-4.30!

Church services: Sunday, 9th August: Eye 9.30am; Ivington 11.00am

Cuppa, Cake and Company Club: Wednesday 12th August, 3.00-4.00pm in the Marquee

Herefordshire Mental Health Telephone Support 24 hours

  If you are organising an event and you'd like it to appear on the website calendar and in the regular 'what's on' email, Facebook and in The Parishioner, 

please use the on-line form - Yarpole Events.

If you would like to receive regular emails about forthcoming events email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Welcome to Yarpole, nestling in rolling countryside in North Herefordshire, mid way between the market towns of Ludlow and Leominster.

The Bell at Yarpole re-opens from Saturday, 1st August.

DSCF6244Dom and Nick are officially installed as The Bell at Yarpole's new tenants. The contract was signed at 4.30pm on Friday 10th July.

Over the next days, Nick and Dom will be moving in to the flat and getting ready for re-opening the pub on 1st August.

Come and enjoy the newly renovated gardens at the Bell at Yarpole. Now planted with fruit trees and a large vegetable garden; providing produce for diners at the pub. There is plenty of outdoor space with tables placed two metres apart. Several hand sanitising stations. 

The pub operates a one way system for ordering. 

There are a selection of tables inside; though places are more restricted on account of social distancing. 

Freshly prepared, locally sourced food available from a changing menu. A selection of local beers and ciders. Keg ales from Hobsons Brewery, Shropshire and Ludlow Gold from Ludlow.

Please call 01568 780515 to book.

Enjoy a very enjoyable new normal with friends or family. 

Re-opening of the Gallery Café in the Marquee outside the Church.

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The Gallery Café has re-opened using the marquee outside the church and will be providing teas, coffees and cakes, Monday to Saturday from 10.30am.

Strict Covid-19 precautions will be taken.  

A maximum of 12 customers can be accommodated at any one time with a maximum of 4 per table.

Some outside tables and chairs will be available for use if weather allows.

Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

Customers will be required to wash their hands in the facilities in the Church before entering the marquee and before being served at the outside tables. There will be table service only.

Tables and chairs will be sanitised each time they have been vacated.

If preferred, customers can bring their own drinking utensils and take them away afterwards.

Payment will be by cash only at present.


 Church services are to resume in the Parish.

Church services are resuming from 5th July but in a limited fashion. Until it is clear how many worshippers feel able to attend services Matthew and Paul are celebrating a limited number with congregations from neighbouring parishes. So far, the following services have been arranged:

Anyone wishing to contact a priest please phone: Rev. Matthew Burns on 01568 614399, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit Leominster Western Parishes regularly to see Matthew’s updates, including posts from Bishop Richard and Archdeacon Derek.

 Coronavirus cases in Herefordshire.

These figures now include community cases as well as those in hospital.

Coronavirus cases a 

Please be aware of the following NHS Track & Trace scam.

How Yarpole is tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

Wearing a face mask will be compulsory from Friday, July 24th. This will include anyone entering the Shop.


How to make your own facemask. Follow these simple instructions.

You can download and print off the pattern and instructions.

The Shop and the Post Office remain open weekdays.


Yarpole Community Shop Association Ltd AGM 2020 – amended date, Monday, 7th September at &.00pm via zoom.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was necessary to postpone the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) from June 18th to October 15th. In the light of new temporary legislation, the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020, (which received Royal assent on June 25th 2020), the Management Committee have been considering how best to cover all potential scenarios which may affect this new meeting date and others in the future.

This temporary legislation allows for organisations such as ours to potentially hold General Meetings electronically, irrespective of any ability to do so not being cited in the Rules of the Yarpole Community Shop Association Ltd.

Even if it becomes possible to hold a physical AGM this Autumn, the current government restraints regarding numbers of people being able to meet in one place would mean that the meeting would not be quorate as a minimum of 10% of members of the 400 membership would need to attend to enable the AGM to take place. Therefore, the Management Committee have decided to bring forward the prospective date for the AGM and to hold it electronically using Zoom on Monday 7th September at 7.00pm. Full information is available on the Community Shop pages.

St Leonard’s will be open for private prayer from Monday 15th June subject to the following conditions as advised in guidance from the Church of England:

1. Private prayer can take place during the hours when the shop is open. The church will be locked outside of these times.
2. The side chapel and the front row of chairs will be designated places for this purpose.
3. Everyone must wash their hands when they enter the church.
4. Everyone must sit at least 2 metres apart.
5. Candles should not be lit.
6. People are encouraged to bring their own bibles or prayer books. Those in the church should NOT be used.
7. Alternatively, private prayer can take place in the churchyard.

The Gallery Café is now open in the marquee outside the church. For more information follow the link - Gallery Café.

For Pet Owners. Rosies Grooming Room has teamed up with Leominster Pet supplies to deliver pet foods, treats or other pet supplies. For more nformation click here - Rosies Grooming Room.

The Walking Group is publishing self guided walks for people to enjoy. These are available via this link. Anyone who would like to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please do so.

Warning!!! Dangerous Bridge. The bridge on the Yarpole to Eycote/Luston footpath (YP7) is in a dangerous state of repair and should be avoided. I have reported this matter to Balfour Beatty and asked that they treat this as a matter of urgency.

Please look out for neighbours.


This village is brilliant at helping our neighbours so can I encourage you to think past the village boundary. The Food Banks are desperate for supplies at a time when they are needed even more. In Leominster the Foodbank is working with the Town Council and Leominster COVID-19 SOS to respond to this fast moving situation. They are moving to Leominster Community Centre which will provide more space for bagging and safer arrangements for distribution.

Please continue to donate food as much as you can or you can contribute financially by BACS. Account name: Churches Together in Leominster, sort code 30 94 99, account number 00281106. For an acknowledgement email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Finally we have composed a list of FREE on-line resources for people to access from home. Follow the link FREE 0N-LINE RESOURCES.

Yarpole outdoors. Still there for us to enjoy.

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There has been a community recorded here for over 2000 years. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The Anglo-Saxon meaning of Yarpole (Iarpol or Yarpol) is fish pool or dam for containing fish. The original fish pool has long since been abandoned, the remains of the dam wall are still visible.

Yarpole still retains its red telephone kiosk, its pub, The Bell at Yarpole and has an award winning community run village shop and Post Office operating from within the Parish Church, St Leonard's. The first full time shop in a church.

The Parish has a population of approximately 700 and comprises of the villages of Bircher and Lucton, the community on Bircher Common and the hamlet of Bicton.


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