Listen to Ian Grafton talking on BBC Radio 4 'You and Yours' about an empty Croft Castle.


St Leonard's and Yarpole Community Shop celebrate 10 years. Listen to our interview with Kate Justice on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

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Yarpole makes it into the Sunday Times newspaper!

Read the article here - Church shops can help pack pews, Churches that install shops and post offices are reversing the decline in congregations

But don't believe all you read!

Wednesday, 28th November 2018 - Yarpole Community Shop takes over responsibility for the running of the Post Office.

After over 10 years of being our Post Master, Chris Smith has retired and the Shop Committee have taken over the responsibility of running of the Post Office from him. 

After a successful audit and formal application to the Post Office control for the running of the Post Office now rests with the Shop. The Post Office hours and services provided remain unchanged. 

Yarpole Community Shop quoted in House of Lords Speech.

This is a 'Hansard' extract from a speech made by Lord Lisvane in the House of Lords on March 30th in a debate on local post offices.


Yarpole Community Shop selected as Regional Winner in Plunkett Foundation Community Ownership Awards.

Yarpole Community Shop was selected as Midlands winner in the Plunkett Foundation Community Ownership Awards as having made a significant benefit to the community. Other Regional winners included Ashton Hayes and Mouldsworth Village Shop in Chester, Awel Community Energy Coop in Swansea and The Kings Arms in Shouldham. Also recognised were Ballinderreen Community Centre in Galway, Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE), Raasay Community Shop, North Marston Community Shop in Buckingham and St Tudy Community Shop in Bodmin. Eddie Parsley, also from North Marston Community Shop, was voted as the People’s Choice Award winner, which saw over 400 votes being cast.

Yarpole Community Shop 10 year Birthday Celebrations.

Yarpole Community Shop opened on St George's Day on April 23rd 2005.

Read the Hereford Times article.

Listen to us speaking to Michael Colley on the Breakfast Show on BBC Hereford & Worcester, Sunday, 26th April 2015

 Yarpole Community Shop short-listed for top national award

Date Wednesday, 4th June 2014

Yarpole Community Shop in North Herefordshire has been short-listed for a prestigious award from national charity the Plunkett Foundation. 

The community’s efforts have now been recognised by the Plunkett Foundation who have short-listed it for the Better Finance category in its national Rural Community Ownership Awards, designed to recognise the very best examples in the sector. The other finalists in the category are Community Shops in Devon and Gloucestershire.

Read the Hereford Times article.

Yarpole Community Shop gets a 5 Year Face Lift!

Members of the Shop Committee came together over the Bank Holiday weekend of 24/25th May 2014 to freshen up the interior of the Shop; now 5 years since its move into St Leonard's Church. 

The walls were repainted and for the wall behind the counter the colour was changed to highlight the whiteboard and awards. The counter top was sanded down and resealed to bring out the colour of the wood. 

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 Yarpole Community Shop used as an example by Government Think Tank, ResPublica. The report 'Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England' has been submitted to Downing Street by Philip Blond the director of ResPublica.

Holistic Mission: Social Action and the Church of England reveals that the Church drives social action, and calls for the Government to recognise and harness this power for the common good.

Launching on Wednesday 10th July 2013 in Lambeth Palace, with keynote remarks from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Justin Welby and the Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd MP, the report will demonstrate that the Church has a truly unique place in English society, and is the key to unlocking a revolution in both voluntary and statutory public service provision. The report argues that we need new institutions for the 21st century, and that the Church is well-placed to become one.

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Yarpole Shop achieves 5 stars in the new Council Food Hygiene Ratings.



NEW! Donate to Yarpole Shop as you shop on the internet. This raises funds for the shop at no cost to you. All the major stores participate. You can also raise money for us (or any other preferred charity) as you book your holiday, hotel rooms, flights, car hire, insurance or change to a new energy supplier! 

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Yarpole Shop goes to meet the Queen.

Yarpole Community Shop was invited to join the Herefordshire Diamond Day celebrations on Wednesday, 11th July 2012 as one of only 9 recipients of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in the county since its inauguration in 2002.

 We are the first Community Shop to receive the award.


Yarpole Village Shop & Post Office (The Shop in the Church) has been announced as one of 130 voluntary groups in the UK to be in receipt of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others. We are the first community shop to gain the award Queens Award Press Release

Or visit the Plunkett Foundation

Village SOS Roadshow, December 2011. Yarpole Shop is invited by the Plunkett Foundation to give a presentation.

The Co-Operative Loan Fund magazine features Yarpole Village Shop. The shop received a loan through the co-operative bank to help fund the move to the church.



 Selected as National winners Village Shop & Post Office category. The best Village Shop in the UK! Winners announced at the awards ceremony at the House of Lords on Wednesday, 30th March 2011.

 Yarpole Community Shop is the West Midlands winner - chosen as best village shop & Post Office for 2010. 

This is what the judges said of us -

 Village Shop / Post Office Award: Yarpole Community Shop Association, Yarpole, Herefordshire, 01568 780148. Judge Don Williams commented: “This community run shop and Post Office is based in the local church, which is an exceptional example of diversifying to help a community survive. Some 326 parishioners have bought shares in the shop, showing the commitment to its future. The project is the first full-time shop to operate within church premises. The shop stocks a huge amount of local produce and also houses a café in the church gallery which is attended regularly by the local Constable to offer advice and support to the Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Yarpole village shop is the real beating heart of this vibrant community.”

 This what the Plunkett association who have sponsored us said -

 We have also featured on BBC Midlands Today and BBC Countryfile.
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