Everyone at Wychavon is saddened by the news of the death of HM The Queen. Our thoughts are with her family at this time. 

Our Chairman Cllr, Alex Sinton, has made the following statement: HM The Queen

“We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of HM The Queen. The Queen exemplified what it meant to dedicate your life to serving others. She led our nation with dignity, determination and compassion. Her reign will likely never be rivalled for its longevity or for the challenges Her Majesty led her people through. 

“While we are saddened at her loss, we should celebrate the life The Queen led and give thanks for everything she did for our country.”

Books of condolence 

Books of condolence will be open for people to pay tribute to HM The Queen until 5pm on Tuesday, 20 September 2022.  

They will be available to sign during usual opening hours at the following locations: 

  • Pershore Town Hall, 34 High Street, Pershore, WR10 1DS
  • Pershore Abbey, Abbey Park, Church Walk, Pershore WR10 1BL
  • The Almonry Museum, Abbey Gate, Evesham, WR11 4BQ
  • Broadway Parish Council Office, 5 Russell Square, Broadway, WR12 7AP until 1pm on Friday 9 September only.
  • Broadway Library, Leamington Road, Broadway, WR12 7DZ.
  • Droitwich Heritage and Information Centre, St Richard’s House, 22 Victoria Square, Droitwich, WR9 8DS.

Flowers and donations 

People are encouraged to make a donation to charity in memory of the service The Queen gave to her people rather than lay flowers. Search a list of charities supported by HM The Queen on the Royal Family website. 

Donations to Worcestershire Community Foundation are also encouraged. 

Anybody wanting to lay floral tributes is asked to do so at the following locations: 

  • Garden in front of Droitwich Heritage and Information Centre, St Richard’s House, 22 Victoria Square, Droitwich, WR9 8DS.
  • Memorial Garden (Stone Preaching Cross) at Abbey Park, Pershore Abbey, Church Row, Pershore, WR10 1DT.
  • The flagpole outside The Almonry Museum, Abbey Gate, Evesham WR11 4BQ
  • Broadway War Memorial, 20 High St, Broadway WR12 7DP

Please note flowers will be removed for composting on Wednesday 21 September 2022. Other tributes will also be removed and a decision made on what to do with them.

Lying-in-state

The Government has published guidance for how the public can attend The Queen’s Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall from 5pm on Wednesday 14 September 2022. During the Lying-in-State period, Her Majesty The Queen’s closed coffin will rest on a raised platform, which is called a catafalque, inside Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 6.30am on Monday 19 September 2022.

National Moment of Reflection

You are encouraged to join with friends, family and neighbours by standing on your doorstep at 8pm on Sunday, 18 September 2022 to observe a minute's silence in tribute to Her Majesty The Queen on the eve of her funeral.

In Droitwich Spa, Droitwich Spa Town Council is holding a vigil at the bandstand in Lido Park from 7.55pm to allow people to join together to observe the National Moment of Reflection.

Pershore Abbey is holding a commemoration service on Sunday, 18 September from 7.30pm. A half hour of quiet and reflection ending with the national minute of silence.

HM The Queen's funeral

The funeral of HM The Queen will take place on Monday, 19 September. The day will be a Bank Holiday.

Wychavon's offices will be closed as a mark of respect. Bin collections will take place as normal. This decision has been made after discussions with our collection contractor and advice from the Government on the need to continue with essential services.

The Royal Household has today published details of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am. A Committal Service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, will take place later the same day at 4pm.

On the morning of the State Funeral, the Lying-in-State will end at 6:30am as the final members of the public are admitted. At 10:44am the Coffin will be borne in Procession on the State Gun Carriage of the Royal Navy from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey for the State Funeral.

Almost 200 people who were recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours earlier this year will join the congregation, including those who made extraordinary contributions to the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and have volunteered in their local communities. Towards the end of the Service, at approximately 11:55am, Last Post will sound followed by Two Minute’s Silence to be observed in the Abbey, and throughout the United Kingdom. The National Anthem will bring the State Funeral Service to a close at approximately 12 noon.

The Coffin will be transferred to the State Hearse to travel to Windsor. The Committal Service will begin at 4:00pm. The National Anthem will be sung at the conclusion of the Service. The Queen is to be buried together with The Duke of Edinburgh.

Where to watch HM The Queen's funeral

Number 8 in Pershore will be screening HM The Queen's funeral from 10am on Monday, 19 September. There is no need to book just turn up. Number 8 will close after the funeral has ended and will remain shut for the rest of the day as a mark of respect.

The Regal Cinema in Port Street, Evesham will be open from 9.30am on Monday, 19 September to screen coverage of Her Majesty's funeral. There is no need to book. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Other venues may be showing the funeral in your community. Please check locally.

Proclamation of King Charles III 

A short ceremony was held at the Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Pershore at 3pm on Sunday, 11 September to hear the proclamation of the new monarch in Wychavon. Watch the ceremony by clicking on the video below.