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Welcome to the Yarpole Parish website - get information on events, facilities within the Parish, social groups, Yarpole Community Shop, The Bell Inn, volunteering opportunities, the Parish Council and the PCC and more.
WARNING! The footpath through Church House Farm and Red Oak is now passable but take care going through the kissing gate, there is plenty of wood brash on the ground.
Shop locally this Christmas - Yarpole Community Shop has a great range of seasonal and local produce, Fairtrade items, handmade gifts and cards.
Yarpole Christmas Services - Click here to see when and where they are taking place.
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.
Christmas Events in Yarpole.
Advent Calendar Windows. Follow the trail through the village. A new window each day until the 24th December.
Where Are They Now? Match the adult to the child. 33 pairs to find and match. See the display board in the Church. Entry forms at £3.00 from Yarpole Community Shop. A bottle of wine has been donated for the best entry. Results will be declared on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Table Top decorations. A display of Christmas Table top decoration making. How to easily bring good cheer into your home. Thursday, 9th December from 2.00pm in St Leonard's Church. Teas available from the Gallery Café; pre booking recommended. Donations for Yarpole and Croft PCC.
Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. St Leonard's Church at 4.00pm on Sunday, 19th December.
Carols around the village. Meet outside the Bell Tower at 4.00pm on Wednesday, 22nd December. The route will visit all the Advent Calendar Windows.
Carols around the Crib. Christmas Eve at 4.00pm in St Leonard's Church.
Mortimer CBS Annual Members Meeting 2021.
Wednesday 8th December 2021, at 7pm in the Parish Hall.
The Agenda, Annual Accounts, Minutes of the 2020 AMM and Chairperson’s Annual Report for the meeting are available on the Society’s website by visiting www.themortimercbs.org under the LATEST NEWS section. Please register your wish to attend by following the registration link to be found there.
The committee needs to allow some of its number to retire after several years’ service to be replaced by new members and fresh ideas. The present committee will soon become too small to carry out its functions and we URGENTLY need you (yes, that’s you!) to consider how you can help. Today’s committee, with its retiring members, feel that the big decisions about the next tenancy (or other operating model) should mainly be taken by tomorrow’s volunteer members.
We encourage any interested Member to find further information and nomination forms on our website by following the links below:
Helping the Management Committee with its duties - Find out more here
AMM 2021 Management Committee Nomination Form - 2021 Nomination Form
To discuss call or email as follows:
Marianne – Chair 01568 780365
Alex – Secretary 01568 780536
Air Source Heat Pump installation - News
The installation of the Air Source Heat Pumps and upgraded electricity supply is now in hand. There are some dates firmed up of which we are aware and some other periods of time when other major pieces of the project will take place. Of course, our contractors’ schedules may be affected by the vagaries of deliveries of equipment and other supplies and the weather.
We will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes to the schedule below which may occur at:
The dates we are working to are shown below together with effects on occupancy of the St Leonard’s main area and the shop.
Week commencing 13th December:
Western Power beginning 3 phase supply installation outside. No disruption.
New electicity supply connected to building. Electricians will provide temporary supply to Shop refrigeration units via a generator. Shop and PO will be closed all day.
Monday 20th December:
Approx. 1 hour at some time after 12.00 noon no power to the building including the Shop for meter installation by Eon. Shop closed approx 1 hour some time after 12.00 noon. Café closes at 12.00
Prior to 10th January:
Emptying of all equipment from plant room Clearance of top surfaces in the balcony area and kitchen. Clearance of surfaces in café and tables and chairs stacked away from thoroughfare. Café closed first week of January.
Work details arranged to effect clearance of areas involved.
Monday 10 January until 28th January:
Major works as contractors will be installing electrics, plumbing and ASHPs. Gallery café closed for a further 3 weeks. No heating in the building for that period.
End of January Hopefully, ASHPs installed and commissioned. Café equipment re-instated Building warm again!!!
1st February Hopefully back to normal!! Hopefully Café re-opens !!
What’s going on in the Bell Tower?
Our maintenance manager, David Williams, has been delivering a long overdue clean-up in the upper levels of the Bell Tower. Not only is it now safer to venture up aloft for future maintenance but his clear-up has allowed for the bells to be rung again! Thanks go to the Shop for funding this work.
Following on from this, electrician, Tom Jenkins, and his team have been renewing the previously very suspect wiring and lighting. All of this work has been funded by generous donations from the Rowlands Trust and also, again, by the Shop.
This upgrade will improve not only the lighting in the Bell Tower which will now be more eco-friendly but also make things considerably safer than they were!!
This on top of the re-furbished weather cock on the top of the building installed last year smartens up the Bell Tower encouraging people to come and visit our historic treasure!!
We would still welcome donations to the project and the PCC. If you can help please use the donation button below. Thank you.
We use Golden Giving, a charitable website which ensures that we receive more 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.
If you are happy to make your donation using a cheque or BACS we receive the whole amount. This can be done using the information below or via Golden Giving by selecting 'Alternatively, you can compare and choose an alternative payment method, including PayPal, bank transfer and cheque' at the top of the webpage. Golden Giving will claim any Gift Aid on our behalf.
By making a BACS transfer to the PCC account. The details are as follows: Account: Croft with Yarpole and Lucton PCC, Bank: CAF Bank, Sort Code: 40-52-40, Account: 00013394
You can make out a cheque payable to Croft with Yarpole and Lucton PCC. You can hand the cheque in at the Shop.
County Coronavirus update.
Case numbers in Herefordshire have at last fallen over the past week. There were 654 new cases in Herefordshire; up from 880 the previous week. Currently almost a quarter of new cases in Herefordshire are in people over the age of 60; this has fallen from a half. There was an fall in new cases in Leominster to 34; from 58 the the week previously. There were 11 admissions to Hereford County Hospital, down from 13 the week previously. There were 5 new Coronavirus related deaths.
There have been 15,160 Covid related deaths in the UK since 'Freedom Day' on the 19th July 2021.
The graph is updated every Tuesday. For up to date information visit the Government website.
Yarpole nestles deep in the Herefordshire countryside, roughly midway between the market towns of Leominster & Ludlow. 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 are still visible today.
The Parish has a population of 700 and comprises of the villages of Bircher and Lucton, the community on Bircher Common and the hamlet of Bicton.
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