Welcome to St Leonard's, Yarpole.

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

St Leonard's Church is awarded Eco Church status.

- The first church in Herefordshire to achieve the award.  

St Leonard's Church, Green Lane, Yarpole, Leominster HR6 OBD

In 2018 St Leonard’s achieved silver award status in the ARocha Eco Church scheme, thereby becoming the first church in Herefordshire to do so. This scheme is designed to support churches in their care of God’s world through worship, use and care of the buildings, land and community engagement, lifestyle and support for global campaigns. The award was won as a result of efforts by the whole Yarpole community over a long period, since the church was first re-ordered in 2010 to accommodate the shop and café.

However the journey continues as we seek to improve our impact on the environment both individually and as a community. The churchyard is managed according to the principles of wildlife management and Caring for Gods Acre.



St Leonard's Church underwent a £250,000.00 regeneration project in 2009 of which £37,000.00 was raised by the Parish. A Parish of 700! The scheme meant that the church was closed for 6 months while the work was carried out. It involved installing underfloor heating and a new, greener wood pellet boiler. The church now qualifies for the Government's Green Deal reimbursement scheme. The church roof was insulated. Two toilets were installed; one being suitable for wheelchair users. A seperate room was created for a vestry with the future possibility of it beng used a consulting room. Provision was made for Yarpole Community Shop to operate from specially constructed premises in the back of the church. A Gallery was created using the roof of the Shop building ensuring that the overall floor area of the church remained the same. This now houses the Gallery Cafe. Later, community participation resulted in the fitting of a stair lift able to cope with a wheelchair. The interior of the church was painted so that the building is now light and airy.

The church is now managed by a Building Management Group comprised of local residents.

Further work is still needed to incorporate the Chancel area into the church’s underfloor heating system and also to insulate the Chancel roof. Plans are underway for this and grant funding is being explored. It is hoped that this work will be completed within the next couple of years. However, extensive repair work is also needed for St Michael’s and All Angels Church at Croft Castle. The church at Croft Castle is not part of the National Trust. This work needs to be undertaken before further work can be undertaken at St Leonard’s. Yarpole is unusual in that the PCC is responsble for two churches, St Leonard's in Yarpole and St Michael and All Angels church at Croft. A major responsibility for a parish of just 700 people.

If you think you can help us 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 building is also available for hire. Money raised through the hire of the building helps with the cost of maintenance of this historic church. Follow the menu links to discover more.