Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – 2022)

With the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II being announced yesterday at 6:20 pm, the Town Council arranged for the Union Flag to be flown at half-mast on the Town Hall and this was in place for 7pm.

From Monday 12 September, there will be a Book of Condolences available in the Community Hub, Monday to Friday, 10am to 1pm, for the period of mourning.  We will ensure there are other times available, e.g. at evenings or the weekend, with members’ help.

The Community Hub and Town Hall will be open as normal until otherwise notified.  However, a period of mourning has been announced.  The main Proclamation is due to be by King Charles III at 11am on Saturday, 10 September.  It is, at the moment, planned to have a local reading of the Proclamation on Sunday afternoon, involving the Church and Mayor, at 2pm on Sunday 11 September (still TBC).

The state funeral day will be announced and this is conventionally 11 days after the death, i.e. on Monday 19 September.

Guidance on communications is still coming through from the Palace, through local channels.  At this stage, some other details:

  • A message from the Mayor will appear shortly on the website and on noticeboards.
  • Flowers can be left at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee bench on the Croft.  The Mayor will be going there soon to start the laying of floral tributes.
  • It is possible to leave e-condolences, via the royal.uk website for those not able to visit the town.
  • Church services.  The church is ringing bells today but has a normal Sunday service at 10:30 am on 11 September, at which candle lighting is planned to be possib

Colin Greatorex

Town Clerk

 

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