Church services are to resume in the Parish.

Church services are resuming from 5 July but 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 have been arranged:

Croft with Yarpole and Lucton Parish Church Services SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2020
Sunday 6th Holy Communion – Common Worship Yarpole 9.30am
Sunday13th Holy Communion – Common Worship Orleton 11.00am
Sunday 20th Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer Yarpole 8.30am
Sunday 27th Lay – led Non Communion Service Yarpole 9.30am

Sunday 4th Holy Communion – Book of Common Prayer Croft 9.30am
Sunday 11th No service at Yarpole, alternative to be advised TBC
Sunday 18th Holy Communion -Book of Common Prayer Yarpole 8.30am
Sunday 25th Lay-led Non-Communion Service Yarpole 9.30am

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.

For other information please phone: Priory Office 612124 Monday to Friday 9.30 –13.00
Churchwarden: Barbara Nurse (780637) 

St Leonard’s will be open for private prayer from Monday 15th June subject to the following conditions as advised in guidance from the Church of England:

1. Private prayer can take place during the hours when the shop is open. The church will be locked outside of these times.
2. The side chapel and the front row of chairs will be designated places for this purpose.
3. Everyone must wash their hands when they enter the church.
4. Everyone must sit at least 2 metres apart.
5. Candles should not be lit.
6. People are encouraged to bring their own bibles or prayer books. Those in the church should NOT be used.
7. Alternatively, private prayer can take place in the churchyard

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.