HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 10th June 1921–9th April 2021

Seeing the recent pictures of Prince Philip returning home from hospital aged 99, I’m sure that I wasn’t the only one who was quietly willing him on and praying that he might yet receive an official card from his wife on reaching his 100th birthday.

Sadly, this was not to be and we join with the Nation in expressing our sadness at his death and lift our prayers for Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family in their time of grief.

Within hours of hearing the news on the BBC, bells were tolled in each of our churches and books of condolence were made available for our communities to sign. Unfortunately, after all of this was put in place we received instructions from the government that a physical book of condolence is not to be used. Instead, messages of condolence are to be submitted online.

This being the case, it is our hope that we might be able to set up local responses in order that our individual communities might be represented appropriately, but in the meantime, if you wish to sign a ‘Book’ the link to the one on the Church of England website is given here.

We will leave the church buildings open for the weekend if you would like to  pay a visit to pause, reflect or pray.
Rev Dave Clark


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