By now we will all be attempting to come to terms with the announcement that Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully at Balmoral on 8th September.  

The Queen’s death will mean different things to us all; in a world of constant change, she was a steadying presence – we will all have personal memories and acknowledge the stability she gave us individually and as a country. In an often-turbulent world she was a constant in our lives who we thought would always be there.

Queen Elizabeth II always led with grace and unwavering commitment to duty. I am sure you will join with me in sending our condolences to the Royal Family and particularly to King Charles III who we are confident will maintain his mother’s legacy in the pages of British history.

In the days ahead, as we celebrate the Queen’s extraordinary lifetime of service you may feel you wish to add your own message of condolence in the Condolence Book which is located in the Village Shop, or leave flowers in the porch of St. Swithun’s Church to commemorate and recognise the Queen’s lifetime of service which – as our New Prime Minister said in her statement – “Our country has grown and flourished under her reign; she was the rock on which modern Britain was built”.

As we enter a new era, I am sure you will join with me in supporting King Charles III as he leads us through some difficult, turbulent and changing times – God save the King!

Wendy Chambers

Chair, Bathford Parish Council 

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