Published on 14 September 2022
Archived on 13 October 2022
Following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday of last week, we are now in a period of national mourning which will conclude with a state funeral on Monday 19 September at Westminster Abbey.
District Council services will continue to be delivered during this time, although there will be no public meetings during this period of mourning and all meetings scheduled for this time will be rearranged.
The day of the funeral has been declared as a public holiday and the District Council offices will be closed on this day.
The District Council's Leisure Centres in Alcester, Shipston, Southam, Stratford-upon-Avon and Studley will also be closed all day.
The community transport scheme, UBUS will not be operating on this day and any booked passengers have been informed.
Refuse, recycling, garden waste and food waste collections will all take place on Monday 19 September. Crews will start early and will pause for the duration of the State Funeral. Any rounds not completed will be collected the next day.
Book of condolence
A public book of condolence is available at Elizabeth House between 9am and 5pm in the main reception on weekdays and will close at 5pm the day after the funeral. There is also an online book of condolence: The Royal Family
Those wishing to lay flowers are directed to do so on the Bancroft Gardens around the Swan Fountain.
Flowers will be left until the day before the funeral, when they will be moved to the Garden of Remembrance, College Street, Old Town.
During the period of national mourning, the flag at Elizabeth House, in Stratford-upon-Avon has been lowered to half-mast and will remain in that position until 8am on the day after Her Majesty's State Funeral.
Arrangements for the Funeral of Her Majesty the Queen
The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September. Prior to the State Funeral, The Queen will Lie-in-State in Westminster Hall for four days, to allow the public to pay their respects.
National arrangements can be found on the Government's website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/her-majesty-queen-elizabeth-ii
If you are wanting to pay respects and attend ceremonial and commemorative events, please see the official guidance - Attending ceremonial events for the Lying-in-State and the State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen
If you are travelling to London, please check the Travel advice for the mourning period - Transport for London.
National minute's silence announced by No 10
A minute's silence will be held on Sunday to 'mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II', Downing Street says.
A one-minute silence will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September - the night before the Queen's funeral.
The prime minister's official spokesman says: "The silence can be marked privately at home on your own or with friends and neighbours, out on your doorstep or street with neighbours, or at any locally arranged community events and vigils.
"We encourage local community groups, clubs and other organisations to mark this moment of reflection. And if you are overseas, people are encouraged to mark the silence at their local time."
The silence will be a "shared national moment of reflection."
Tickets available this week for RSC's screening of the Queen's funeral
A live screening of the Queen's state funeral is set to take place at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) in Stratford on Monday 19 September.
Members of the public can book tickets from 10am on Thursday 15 September via rsc.org.uk or in person from the RSC's Box Office. Alternatively, they can book by phone from 12noon by calling 01789 331111.
Tickets are free and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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