The Building

St Leonard’s has 12th century origins and is one of the few churches in the country to have a separate Bell Tower. In 2009 the building benefited from almost a quarter of a million pounds of investment. A new, fully-insulated floor with underfloor heating was installed and the roof was insulated. New WC’s were installed, including one with access for the disabled. At one end a separate structure was constructed to house the multi-award-winning Yarpole Community Shop and Post Office (

Church Shop 21

 Above this is a gallery, accessible by stairlift, which accommodates a café and kitchen. The Gallery Café is open Monday to Saturday mornings serving Fairtrade teas and coffees as well as delicious home-made cakes. Light lunches are served on Thursdays and Fridays from 12 noon onwards, with the café closing at 4.30pm.


The building is now light, warm and extremely comfortable, with excellent acoustics.

Hiring St Leonard’s

The building is eminently suitable for a range of events including meetings, conferences, lectures, theatrical and other performances, concerts and parties


There are comfortable seats that can be moved to any configuration required, a sound system that includes an inductive loop for the hard of hearing, WiFi Broadband and an excellent electric piano. Outside there is a pleasant paved terrace, ideal for sitting out in the summer. Additional items that can be hired include marquees to provide additional covered accommodation, staging, stage lighting and sound systems. Hirers may use the Gallery Kitchen for their own catering (provided that the Gallery Café is not open).


The building can accommodate up to 150 people in total, including up to 30 in the gallery. Click here for rates of hire. 

We are particularly keen to support new or small groups wishing to hire the building, and these rates can be negotiable.

To see if the building is available on your chosen date and to make a booking online, please click here. If you would prefer to speak to the booking secretary, please contact Sue Russell on 01568 780559 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.