Arrangements for how our town will mark the passing of our Queen are listed below.

These will be updated as planning progresses.

Diary of Events:

Thursday 8 September

Following the announcement – Flag at half mast

Friday 9 September

10.30am – Book of Condolences opens at St. Mary’s Newent

(This will be open daily 10.30am-4.00pm except for Sunday Services)

12.00noon – Ringing of Bells

Saturday 10 September

11.00am – Flag raised to full mast for the Proclamation of our new King in London

Sunday 11 September

4.00pm – Proclamation of our new King in the Market Square Newent

4.15pm – Official Laying of Flowers in St. Mary’s Churchyard by the

Mayor Cllr Christine Howley and Rector of St. Mary’s Simon Mason

4.30pm – Lowering of flag to half mast until after the Queen’s funeral

Sunday 18 September

5.30pm – Ringing of St. Mary’s Church Bells [provisional date]

6.00pm  -Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Queen Elizabeth II [provisional date]

Monday 19 September

11.00am – 2 Minutes’ Silence observed nationally

Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II [provisional date]

Tuesday 20 September

Floral tributes removed from St. Mary’s Churchyard

Flags returned to full mast

Book of Condolences closed



On Friday 9 September at 12.00noon our Bell Ringers will ring the Tenor bell 96 times

(once for each year of our Queen’s life)

On the eve of the funeral the Bells will be rung before the Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of our Queen

Book of Condolences:

A book of condolences will be open in St. Mary’s from Friday 9 September until the day of the funeral

This will be open daily 10.30am-4.00pm except for Sunday Services


The Union Flag will be flown at half-mast until the day following the Queen’s funeral

It will return briefly to full-mast from Saturday 10 September 11.00am for the Proclamation of our new King in London and return to half-mast on Sunday 11 September 4.30pm after the Proclamation in Newent in the Market Square


People may leave floral tributes in St. Mary’s Churchyard in the marked area by the War Memorial