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10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021

Bourtons’ Parish  Council is deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh.

The council offers its sincerest condolences to the Royal Family.

Many parishioners will have fond memories of Prince Philip especially those who remember him when he accompanied the Queen on her visit to Banbury in 2008.

We can look back on his life and be thankful that he was the husband of and consort to our Queen for so many years – and that he was a constant source of support to Her Majesty.

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Here is some more information as we seek to respond to the sad news of the death of HRH the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Guidance from the diocese:

  • Book of condolence
    The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time. The Church of England has opened an online condolence book, which is open to any individual or church communities who wish to sign and record a message.
  • Special opening
    Official guidance  .. is that there should be no other opening of church buildings to gather people, except for normal Sunday services and private prayer.
  • Video reflection from the Cathedral is here
  • Flags – Union Flags to be lowered to half-mast until 0800hrs on the morning following the Funeral as a symbol of National mourning.
  • Bells – guidance from the Central Council of Bell Ringers is below

Remembering the Duke of Edinburgh

There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh at Christ Church Cathedral on Friday 16 April. The service will start at 6.05pm. It  will be recorded and live-streamed both by the Cathedral and by BBC Radio Oxford. Visit for details.

The BBC has published timings for the funeral on Saturday. A minute’s silence will be held nationwide, in memory of the duke at 15:00hrs


Guidance for ringing for the Duke of Edinburgh – from the Central Council of Bell Ringers:

Following conversations with the Church of England today, half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell on Saturday 10th April 2021 at 12 noon, 99 times or up to 5 minutes is recommended following the announcement of the death the Duke of Edinburgh. The Cabinet Office has declared 8 days of official mourning, during which time any other ringing should be half-muffled and in accordance with current Covid-19 restrictions. Half-muffled tolling or chiming of a single bell is recommended on the day of the funeral. There is no special dispensation of current ringing guidance on Sunday.

  • Prayers – we will include special prayers at the service at Mollington tomorrow (11th April). At the end of the service we will keep a minute’s silence and listen to the National Anthem.
  • Resources in each church building – I will provide a picture and prayer for each church building.

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