In memory of HM The Queen

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family following news that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has passed.

East Farndon Parish Council has placed flowers under the Beech Tree near Marriott Green and residents can place their own flowers at this location if they wish to. The Beech Tree is a very fitting location for our floral tributes, as it commemorates the coronation of the Queen’s parents. Flowers will be removed for composting on Tuesday 20th September.

East Farndon Parish Council has organised a Book of Condolence that is situated at the Village Hall. This will be open on the following dates and times for residents to visit, reflect and sign the Book of Condolence. Please can villagers pass on this information, especially to those who do not have internet access.

Friday 9th Sept – 5.00 – 6.00pm and also during the Farndon Social event on Friday evening.
Saturday 10th Sept – 9.00 – 10.00am
Sunday 11th Sept – 7.00 – 8.00pm
Monday 12th Sept – 6.00 – 7.00pm
Tuesday 13th Sept – 10.30 – 11.30am
Wednesday 14th Sept – 6.00 – 7.00pm
Thursday 15th Sept – 11.30 – 12.30pm
Friday 16th Sept – 5.00 – 6.00pm
Saturday 17th Sept – 5.00 – 6.00pm
Sunday 18th Sept – 5.00 – 6.00pm
Monday 19th Sept – 9.00 – 10.00am
Tuesday 20th Sept – 2.00 – 3.00pm

An online book of condolence is available on the Royal Family’s website. The West Northants Council books of condolence will be available as follows:

  • Northampton Guildhall: 8.30am to 6pm (Saturdays 9.30am to 5pm)
  • Towcester Forum: 9am to 5pm
  • Daventry Lodge Road: 9am to 5pm

All books of condolence will be closed on the day after the Queen’s funeral. Once closed, the books will form part of West Northamptonshire Council’s archive so that future generations are able to easily gain access to them and find out the way in which national events are marked.

Timeline overview

See below a summary of the timeline of the official West Northants Council events through the 10 days of national mourning.

Friday, 9 September

  • The Union flag on council buildings will be flown at half-mast. Other flags will be removed during the period of national mourning.
  • 18.00 The King will broadcast to the nation – St Paul’s Cathedral will hold a service open to the public which will be broadcast nationally.
  • An evening service at 19.00 will be held at All Saints Church, Northampton. Other services to be held in the county

Saturday, 10 September

  • Laying of wreath by the Lord Lieutenant at Garden of Remembrance, All Saints Church, Northampton at 10.00am. Other ceremonies to be held in the county.
  • The Proclamation will be read at St James’ Palace London, 11:00
  • The Union flag will be flown at full-mast at 11:00 (timing of Proclamation)

Sunday, 11 September (County Proclamation)

  • The Proclamation will be read at noon at Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast
  • The Proclamation will be read at 13.00 by the High Sheriff, on behalf of the county, at All Saints Church, Northampton.  Special dispensation for the flying of the Union flag at full mast, then immediately returned to half-mast once proclamation is read.
  • At all other locations The Union flag will be flown at half-mast at 13:00
  • The Proclamation will be read at 14:30 at parish and town level. The Union flag can be raised to full mast during the local ceremony and returned to half-mast afterwards.

Sunday, 18 September (eve of funeral)

  • A morning service  at 11.00am will be held at All Saints Church, Northampton. Those wishing to attend are advised that they can arrive at any time after 10am and must be seated by 10.40am at the latest. A ceremonial procession will progress from the Judge’s Lodgings in George Row, arriving at the church where dignitaries will be guided to their seating ready for the service to start at 11am. The service will also be live streamed on social media and sound will be broadcast via a sound system outside the church.
  • A Service of Commemoration will take place at the St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Market Place, Kettering, from 3.30pm and all are welcome to attend.
  • An evening service will be held at Peterborough Cathedral
  • Other services to be held in the county
  • A national one-minute silence is being held at 20.00. The Prime Minister’s office said “The silence can be marked privately at home on your own or with friends and neighbours, out on your doorstep or street with neighbours, or at any locally arranged community events and vigils.”

Monday, 19 September (funeral)

  • The Queen will receive a State Funeral
  • There will be a two-minute silence at 11:00

Tuesday, 20 September

  • The Union flag will be flown at full-mast at 08:00. Any other flags can now be flown at full-mast.
  • Usual practices resume

If you have any questions, please email Caroline Burton, Parish Clerk or Mervyn Curtis, Parish Council Chair