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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 at Yarpole, volunteering opportunities, the Parish Council and the PCC and more.


 Yarpole events 

Warning - there has been a second break in attempt at the church. The churchyard shed has been damaged in the attempt.

Byecroft Open Garden for the National Garden Scheme - Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th June, 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

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

Yarpole Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Yarpole Diamond Jubilee celebrations kick off with a 70 for 70 Quiz at the Bell at Yarpole on Sunday, 22nd May at 6.00pm. 

A fun evening of nonsense and head scratching as we set seventy questions covering the last seventy years of music, films, sport, news events, geography and anything else that comes to mind.

Teams of 6 (max) please. Entry costs just £2.50p.  

Please book your table by telephoning Graham on 782346. Or use the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Friday 3rd June we are offering a three course supper in St Leonard’s Church. There will be 70 places available. Reservations are essential. Meals will cost £25 per head, payable on the 3rd June in cash, please. There will be a bar from which you may purchase drinks for cash. If you would like to reserve a place at the table please call Viv on: 01568 782271 or email her

Bookings will be taken from 9:00am on 24th May. If you would like to help us by being a waiter on the 3rd June please get in touch with Viv using the above contact details.

On Saturday 4th June, from 12 noon onwards we will continue our celebrations with a picnic at the Community Field. Come (if you wish) dressed as Royalty or in retro clothing (50’s through to 2021). Bring your picnic basket, blankets and chairs. There will be fun and games throughout the afternoon. Ice creams, Soft drinks, Pimms, Wine and Beer will be on sale, cash only, please.

There will be a few competitions too: 

We will finish off the afternoon in traditional Yarpole style with cream teas and cakes and music through the ages from our very own ‘Autumn Gold’.

Detailed plans for both these events will be published in next month’s Parishioner and here, on the website.

Do come and join in these community events to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

We look forward to seeing you all.

Yarpole is a parish of approximately 700 people and comprises the villages of Yarpole, Bircher and Lucton and the communities on Bircher Common and Bicton. 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.

Cockgate a
Pump wheel bw
Bircher Common
Bicton Pool Farm loading milk crates.BMP
Bicton Pool 1978
Farm sale
Bircher bus
Lower House Farm barns prior to develpoment c1960.BMP
Bicton Pool Farm milk crates for collection.BMP
Mill with wheel
Bicton Pool 1950s.BMP
Pulling logs bw
Bircher Common 1
Nibletts farm
Bircher Farm
Ladies with cart

Views of Yarpole from the turn of the century.

Traditionally farming was the major employer in the Parish. Farming in Herefordshire remains a combination of agriculture and livestock; a mixture of sheep and cattle. Hereford cattle, which have fallen out of fashion due to their slower maturity, originated in the county. These cattle are experiencing a resurgence due to the quality of the meat they produce. The milk used by Cadbury's for its chocolate comes from the county and is processed in the factory south of Leominster.

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.

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