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21st April 1926 to 8th September 2022

West Buckland Parish Council would like to express their sadness at the death of our long reigning sovereign Queen Elizabeth II and join with the nation in mourning.  Queen Elizabeth was a beloved symbol of steadfastness and devotion to duty who will be sadly missed.

We would like to express our sympathy to her family and to her son, King Charles III.

Long Live the King

Advice for those wishing to pay their respects    Photo of Queen Elizabeth II

Books of Condolence

The Royal Household has all information and an official Book of Condolence for people to leave their tributes online. You can sign the national E-Book of Condolence
 
Somerset West and Taunton Council have opened Books of Condolence at their offices in Deane House, Taunton, and West Somerset House, Williton.
 

St John the Baptist Church in Wellington is open for all to come and remember the Queen and her seventy years service to our country and the commonwealth. There are two books of remembrance set up on the nave altar.  One is from the town council and one provided by the church.  People are invited to write a message in them.  These will be collated and archived by the council for future reference. You can also light a candle and there are some prayers available for you to read. 

Church Service

On Sunday 18th there will be a civic service at 9:45am in St John’s Church.

Flowers

Flowers can be left along the sides of the drive up to St John’s Church, Wellington.

Floral tributes to HM Queen Elizabeth ll can also be laid at Taunton Minster, St Mary Magdalene Church. Please be mindful of the environment and remove wrapping or choose biodegradable items.Proclamations

Proclamations

The National Proclamation, the official announcement of Her Majesty’s death and acknowledgement of the commencement of the King’s new reign, will take place at 11am on Saturday 10 September at St James Palace.

The Local Proclamation will take place the following day on Sunday 11 September in Taunton.

The Local Proclamation will be read out by the High Sheriff of Somerset, Jennifer Duke, in front of the Market House in Taunton town centre, at 1pm.

The public are welcome to observe the Local Proclamation.

 

West Buckland Parish

West Buckland is a large and varied parish in Somerset adjoining the county boundary with Devon and stretching from the River Tone as it flows through the Vale of Taunton Deane up onto the northern ridge of the Blackdown Hills. Encompassing a great variety of land uses ranging from farmland, plant nurseries and forest to business parks, its 1200 residents and dozens of businesses benefit from superb access to both the county town of Taunton and all the other major towns, cities and attractions of the South West, via the M5 and A38 intersecting the parish.

Central to the parish lies the village which is probably most notable for its Church of St Marys that stands atop a knoll overlooking the Vale and is visible for miles around. Also at the heart of the village are several period cottages, the primary school, village hall, playing field and shop. It is facilities such as these which are sought after by those seeking to experience ideal village life.  Expansion over the last few decades of the 20th century saw the development of Dyers and Peacocks Closes, Church Drive and Lee Park all of which have their own distinctive character and provide the additional housing essential for the sustainability of this thriving community.

The Southern portion of the parish is within the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and scattered around the village lie the hamlets of Chelston, Poole, Ham, Hockaller, Stoford, Ruggin and Blackmoor . To the North East the pastoral landscape gives way to a more developed scene with Chelston and Foxmoor Business Parks together with the Poole Industrial Park, all generating significant economic activity. Add to that the garden centres, filling station, care home, farms, joineries, builders, plant & tree nurseries, veterinary clinic, horse liveries and numerous other enterprises plus 4 pubs sitting handily on the parish boundaries ~ you have the mix for a busy and lively place to live and work but with the advantage of beautiful scenery right on your doorstep!

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