The Death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second

Dear Arkesden,

You will all have learned by now of the peaceful death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. On behalf of the Parish Council, we offer our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family and continue to hold the Queen and her family in our thoughts and in our prayers. As we reflect in our own ways on her passing, let us too celebrate the long life of Her Majesty and her steadfast service to God, family, country and Commonwealth. We offer gracious thanks to the Queen and wish her a peaceful rest after a life well lived.

A Book of Condolences will be in the Church for residents to sign. For those unable to sign in person, the Parish Council is happy to receive your note by email which we will then place in the book. We are also happy to bring you a blank page which you can fill in, and we will duly return that to the Book of Condolences. Arkesdenites may also wish to sign the National online Book of Condolences found here:

Please note that the church bells will be rung muffled at midday today 9th September to honour the life of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

Floral tributes are gratefully received. We ask that they be laid at the foot of the war memorial. The flag will flown at half-mast on the church tower except for a brief period following the Proclamation on Saturday of King Charles III when it is returned to full mast.

The Sunday worship service will be held in St Mary’s church at 9.30am on 11th September with a celebration of Holy Communion. Wednesday’s evening prayer will be at 5.30pm with a special remembrance of her Majesty the Queen.

We shall keep you updated with additional news and tributes by both email and on the Arkesden Village website.


John May, Susan Erb and all the members of the Arkesden Parish Council