His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

a message from the Chairman of Cherwell District Council

“On behalf of Cherwell District Council, it is with great sadness that today, 9th April, we hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. This sadness, I am sure, is shared by many of you who will want to remember and recognise the service of Prince Philip.

“During the pandemic, we cannot host and open physical books of condolence as it is not safe to do so. We would encourage those who would like to share a message to sign Buckingham Palace’s online book of condolence at royal.uk. This will close at 5pm on the day after the funeral. To mark this sad occasion, our flag has been lowered to half mast at Bodicote House.

“Outside of COVID-19, we would, at this time, be working to identify suitable locations in the district for the laying of flowers, should anyone wish to do that. Unfortunately, we need to discourage this. Alternative donation arrangements may be announced by the government or Buckingham Palace in the coming days.

“We are now reviewing our meetings schedule and civic functions and there are likely to be some changes We will update our website with this information as soon as possible.