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HM Queen Elizabeth II – Arrangements in the Parish during the official period of mourning.

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, who has served her country with distinction. On behalf of the people of Slapton Parish, I wish to convey to the Royal Family, our deepest sympathy at this sad time.

Published: 9 September 2022

A period of 10 days state mourning will take place from 9th September to Sunday 18th September 2022. Details of the funeral will follow on the royal website.

During this period, the following arrangements are in place within the Parish:

  • The Union Jack Flag will be flow at half-mast until the day after the funeral.
  • A book of condolence will be placed in the lobby of the village hall between 8am and 6pm and in the Church from Sunday 11th September for you to pay your respects during their opening times. Please follow the Covid-19 safety guidelines at both venues.
  • If residents would like to show their respects to HM Queen Elizabeth II:
  • Flowers can be laid around the war memorial and against the wall in the churchyard and will also be laid from the Parish Council on behalf of the community. To ensure public safety, please take care not to place these onto the steps. Also please remove the cellophane wrapper before laying and dispose of this at home and not in the dog bin outside the church.
  • You can donate to one of The Queen’s charities. You can find a list of charities here:
  • On the morning after the state funeral, the flowers will be removed and composted down; The compost will be used to plant a commemorative tree. A letter will also be sent to the Private Secretary at Buckingham Palace, advising that the books of condolence will be held in the Parish Council’s and Church archives.
  • Condolence notices will be posted at the Village Shop and on the PC notice boards.
    • The Church will announce details of any special services. Please check the church notice boards at the gates.

Other Books of Condolence and Flowers:

  • A National online e-book of condolence is available to sign on the Palace website, at where residents can share their respects.
  • SHDC’s condolence books will be available to the public at the offices at Follaton House from 9am to 8pm from Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at the weekend. The books will first be available from 2pm tomorrow (9 September 2022).
  • You can leave flowers at the warflagpole at Follaton House

Julie Hinder, Chair, Slapton Parish Council.

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