The Church of England has suspended all church services.

Signs placed outside of St Leonard’s Church advise that any visitors who are unwell or have possibly been in contact with Coronavirus should not enter the building.
Hand-washing facilities have been ramped up and we would encourage all those intending to visit the Shop to wash their hands before entering.
Other hygiene measures are also being stepped up to minimise possible spread of infection inside the Shop and the church.

Yarpole is a parish of 700 people situated in North Herefordshire, midway between the market towns of Leominster to the south and Ludlow to the north.

St Michael and All Angels Church at Croft is in urgent need of repair. The small church is situated in the grounds of Croft Castle, owned by the National Trust. The church, however, is still a working church and is looked after by the Parish.

At the end of 2016 the lead lining the cupola roof was noticed to be in a bad state of repair and water was entering and damaging the structure of the roof. Emergency repairs were carried out costing £7,000.

It is estimated that the complete repair will now cost in the order of £100,000. A major cost being the scaffolding required in order to access the roof.

We are launching a major fund raising campaign. Please watch the video below, -

The Parish of Yarpole is unusual in that there are two working parish churches. St Leonard's situated in the village of Yarpole and St Michael and All Angels Church situated next to Croft Castle, a National Trust property. Many visitors assume that the church is managed by the National Trust as it is part of a visit to the estate. The National Trust does not contribute to the running costs of St Michael and All Angels church.

If you think you can help us raise our target of £100,000.00 and would like to donate, then please use the link below.

(We use Golden Giving, a charitable website which ensures that we receive the whole of your donation to us. Sites such as JustGiving charge a fee of 5% on each donation as well as a monthly fee. This clearly reduces the value of any donations to us).

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The churches of St Leonard’s and St Michael’s take seriously the care and protection of adults and children. If you have any concerns please contact: Barbara Nurse, Parish Safeguarding Officer – 01568 780637, Matthew Burns, vicar – 01568 614399 or Mandy McPhee, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor – 07875 757396.