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 

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: A bite to eat & a pint £16, Thursday evenings. Lunchtime soup & a sandwich £9, Wednesday to Friday.

Bacon butty Saturdays are back! 10.30am - 12.30pm

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

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 Rules of the Society state that there must be an Annual Members’ Meeting within six months of the end of our financial year. This means the latest date for 2020 is 31st December.
At the last AMM, on 27th September 2019, over 100 members attended but, at the time of writing, the Covid-19 pandemic makes this impossible to repeat. The management committee has reviewed several options and, encouraged by the success of the Yarpole Shop’s AGM, has decided to hold a virtual meeting over the internet, using Zoom, on Wednesday 28th October at 7pm.

The objectives of the meeting are:
1. To present the annual accounts of the Society
2. To vote on a motion to not have the accounts audited
3. To vote on any other motions brought by a member or by the committee
4. To implement any elections to the management committee

These have been prepared in accordance with FRS protocols, and have been submitted to the retained accountants “Third Sector Accountancy Ltd”, who have written the necessary report. The report and accounts will be circulated to you all by September 30th and will also be uploaded to the MCBS website (www.themortimercbs.org).
The motion to not have an audit of the 2019-2020 accounts was carried on 27th September 2019 for this financial year. Thus, a motion to not have the 2020-2021 accounts audited must be the subject of a vote this year, and voting will be by a show of hands during the Zoom meeting.

The Rules state that members must serve for three years which ensures continuity of ‘corporate knowledge’. To avoid a cliff-edge after the three years and ensure revolving turnover, one third of the committee retire after the first year, and thereafter the three-year rule ensures that stability and overlap are maintained. At the 2019 AMM, ten committee members were elected, with an eleventh subsequently co-opted. Since that time, five have resigned and therefore no further retirements are required in 2020. The Rules also provide that the Management Committee must comprise not fewer than three and not more than twelve. The current size of the committee is five, which includes one co-optee. A co-optee must have their position on the committee ratified by vote after one year.
This will also be done by a show of hands at the Zoom meeting.
It is felt by the current committee that, although the present group can, and do, cover the necessary functions effectively, should any other member wish to join the committee they have a democratic right to seek a nomination and a seconder, and there is space for one, or possibly two further members should there be a strong desire out there to sign up!

Please let us know if you wish to attend by completing the email form before Midnight October 3rd 2020.  Annual Members Meeting Zoom Application.

The Bell at Yarpole is now fully open.

DSCF6244Dom and Nick are The Bell at Yarpole's new tenants. 

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. 

 The Gallery Café is open and has moved back inside the Church.

The Gallery Café is open and is providing teas, coffees and cakes, Monday to Saturday from 10.30am. Bacon butties are back on Saturdays; served between 10.30am and 12 midday.

Strict Covid-19 precautions will be taken.  

Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

Payment will be by cash only at present.

For more information follow the link - Gallery Café.

  Church services resume in the Parish.

Church services are resuming 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.

There has been a rise in confirmed cases by 87 (up from last week's 62 cases) during the past week in Herefordshire. The chart is updated every Tuesday. Deaths now include all deaths in Herefordshire, not just those occurring in hospital.

Coronavirus cases 

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

How Yarpole is tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

Wearing a face mask is compulsory. 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.

The Walking Group is  re-starting from Friday, 9th Ocotber and has published self guided walks for people to enjoy. These are available via this link. 

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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