Church services are to resume in the Parish.

Parish Church Services May & June 2021

Sunday 2nd Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer, Croft at 9.30am
Sunday 9th Holy Communion – Common Worship, Yarpole at 9.30am
Sunday 16th Holy Communion -Book of Common Prayer, Yarpole at 8.30am
Sunday 23rd* Pentecost -Western Parishes Joint service, Orleton at 10.30am
Sunday 30th* Lay led service, Yarpole at 9.30am

Sunday 6th Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer, Croft at 9.30am
Sunday 13th Holy Communion – Common Worship, Yarpole at 9.30am
Sunday 20th Holy Communion -Book of Common Prayer, Yarpole at 8.30am
Sunday 27th Lay led service, Yarpole at 9.30am

• Please notes the change to the usual pattern of service. Any further changes to the programme will be displayed on notice boards and on the Community website

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.

For other information please phone: Priory Office 612124
Monday to Friday 9.30 – 1.00
Churchwarden Barbara Nurse (780637)


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

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.

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. St Michael and All Angels Church at Croft restoration Appeal.

Churchyard Maintenance:

The churchyard has always been looked after following the principles suggested by the charity ‘Caring for God’s Acre’. The guidelines recommend not cutting all the churchyard on a regular basis to allow the proliferation of wild flowers. Traditionally churchyards would be cut in July and the cuttings used to make hay.

The churchyard at St Leonard’s relies completely on volunteers and any work can only be carried out if there are sufficient volunteers. The current practice in the churchyard is to mow a selection of paths so that the majority of gravestones can be reached through the summer, followed by a cut of the whole churchyard in October to remove all growth back to the ground.

The current problems in the churchyard are twofold. Firstly the need to control the Rosebay Willowherb growing alongside the footpath connecting Green Lane with St Anthony. It is said, quite truthfully, of Rosebay Willowherb that if left uncontrolled it will be in your garden this year, your neighbour’s the year after and his neighbour’s the following year.

On the section behind the Bell Tower there is Giant Hogweed growing. Giant Hogweed is rated as the UK’s most noxious plant on account of the skin reactions it can cause. Both these plants need to be cut to prevent them seeding. This means that we will attempt to organise a summer cut as well as a late autumn cut.

The paths are cut regularly throughout the summer; this year we plan to follow ‘No Mow May’ in order to allow the flowering and spread of Daisies and Dandelions. This also takes a little pressure of volunteers as fewer cuts are needed.
The success of past efforts has been visible this year in the proliferation of Snowdrops, Primroses and now the Celandines.

We are planning to participate in Churches Count on Nature which runs as part of Caring for God’s Acre’s Love Your Burial Ground week from Saturday 5th June – Sunday 13th June 2021.
This is an ideal opportunity to record the biodiversity present in our churchyard. Look out for more information.

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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.