Her Majesty The Queen

A message from our Chair, Councillor Mike Chester to commemorate the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which was held on Monday, 19 September.

“Our thoughts are with the Royal Family, our communities and the Country. We mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, but celebrate a life given in service to the nation and commonwealth. Rest In Peace Your Majesty.”

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Councillor Mike Chester Chair of West Suffolk Council.

Find out more what is happening in locally and county wide to mark this the period of national mourning

Statement from the Chair of West Suffolk Council on the sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen (8 September 2022)

It was with deep sorrow and regret that we heard the announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. On behalf of councillors West Suffolk, as well as residents throughout our area, we send our sincere condolences.

Queen Elizabeth II was a well-known and much-loved figure in our part of the world. Her abiding passion for horseracing made her a frequent visitor to its national home, Newmarket, and the visits she made to Bury St Edmunds (especially the celebration of her Golden Jubilee) live long in local memories. Indeed, she visited many places in West Suffolk where her interest in the lives of those who live and work here were appreciated by all who met her.

At a time when changes to our everyday lives are continuous, the Queen was a constant. Her dedication to the duty of being our monarch was exemplary, especially to those in, or aspiring to, public service. Her experience, knowledge and compassion were appreciated by so many people and, to put it simply, we will miss her tremendously.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time – the sadness at their loss is shared by us all.

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Councillor Mike Chester Chair of West Suffolk Council.

Books of condolence

Books of condolence were made available form 9 September and will close at 5pm on Tuesday 20 September.

Suffolk online book of condolence for Her Majesty the Queen

Location Address Opening times
Brandon Brandon Library
The Brandon Centre
Bury Road
Brandon
IP27 0BQ
Phone: 01842 816106
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am-5.30pm
Wednesday 10am-2pm
Thursday 10am-5.30pm
Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm
Sunday 10am-3pm
Bury St Edmunds St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Abbey House
Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1LS
Phone: 01284 748720
The cathedral is open every day from 8.30am-6pm
Bury St Edmunds The Apex
Charter Square
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3FD
Phone: 01284 758000
Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4.30pm
Bury St Edmunds West Suffolk House
Western Way
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 3YU
Phone: 01284 763233
Monday to Friday 8.45am–5pm
Saturday and Sunday closed
Clare St Peter and St Paul Church
High Street
Clare
Suffolk
CO10 8NY
Phone: 01787 278482
Monday-Sunday 9am to 4pm
Haverhill St Mary’s Church
High Street
Haverhill
CB9 8BD
Phone: 01440 708768
Friday 9 September until 8pm
Saturday 10 September 8am–8pm
Sunday 11 September 8am-8pm
Monday to Friday 10am–12pm and 4pm–6pm
Newmarket King Edward VI Memorial Hall
High Street
Newmarket
CB8 8JX
Phone: 01638 664480
Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday and Sunday closed
Newmarket Newmarket Library
1a the Guineas
Newmarket
CB8 8EQ
Phone: 01638 661216
Monday closed
Tuesday 8.30am-6pm
Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 8.30am-5pm
Friday 8.30am-6.30pm
Saturday 9am-5pm

Sunday 10am-4pm

Mildenhall Mildenhall Hub
Sheldrick Way
Mildenhall
Suffolk IP28 7JX
Phone: 01284 763233
Monday to Friday 8.45am–5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 10am-4pm
Mildenhall Mildenhall High Town Council offices
The Pavilion
Recreation Way
Mildenhall
Suffolk IP28 7HG
Phone: 01638 713413
Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm
Fridays 9am to 4.30pm
Mildenhall St Mary’s Church, Mildenhall
High Street
Mildenhall
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 7EE
Road access via Church Walk, Mildenhall, IP28 7ED
Phone: 01638 711930
If unavailable, phone 07971 474523 or 07849 925266
Monday to Sunday (Winter) 9am-4pm
Monday to Sunday (Summer) 9am-6pm

Locations for leaving floral tributes

Making a donation to one of Her Majesty’s many charities and patronages may be considered a fitting way of paying tribute to Her extraordinary legacy. Read further information on how you can donate and a list of Her Majesty’s charities and patronages.

With the support of the Royal Family people are asked if leaving a floral tribute, please consider removing any plastic wrapping before your arrival. In the interests of sustainability, we ask visitors to only lay organic or compostable material. Removing the wrapping will aid in the longevity of the flowers.

In accordance with protocols flowers will be respectfully collected by council staff on the morning of the 30 September. Community volunteers will then sort through what has been collected any messages will be separated and placed with the books of condolence for the respective areas. As, with councils across the nations, flowers will be composted so that they may be used again to help improve, strengthen and protect our local environment for current and future generations.

Location Address
Brandon St Peter’s Church
Brandon
IP27 0JE
Phone: 01842 811189
Bury St Edmunds The Garth at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
(next to the Cathedral car park)
Abbey House
Angel Hill
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1LS
Phone: 01284 748720
Clare St Peter and St Paul’s Church
High Street
Clare
Suffolk
CO10 8NY
Phone: 01787 278482
Haverhill St Mary the Virgin Church
Mill Road
Haverhill
CB9 8BD
Phone: 01440 708768
Mildenhall Market Cross, Market Place (Mildenhall Parish Office)
Mildenhall
Phone: 01638 713413
Newmarket

Front of Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall
High Street
Newmarket
CB8 8JP
Phone: 01638 667227

With overflow to the Queens Statue on Bird Cage Walk

Red Lodge

War Memorial
Warren Road
Red Lodge

Phone: 01638 551257
Flowers will be removed on 23 September

Lying-in-state

Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster opened to the public at 5pm on Wednesday 14 September. It was open 24 hours a day until it closed at 6.30am on Monday 19 September.

Find out more: GOV.UK Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

National Moment of Reflection

The National Moment of Reflection took place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, the night before the State Funeral, and was marked by a one-minute silence.

Find out more at: GOV.UK - National Moment of Reflection

Arrangements for the Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen

The State Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen took place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am.

Find out more: The Royal Family: Arrangements for the Funeral of Her Majesty The Queen

Due to this day being a bank holiday certain services were not running. Check with your local public organisation for any changes.

Locations showing the funeral service Open
Moreton Hall Community Centre
Symonds Road
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP32 7EE
open from 10am
St Mary's Church
High Street
Haverhill
Suffolk
CB9 8AX
open from 10am
Stanton Community Village Hall
Old Bury Road
Stanton
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP31 2BX
open from 10am

Council service changes and closures on Monday 19 September

Monday 19 September was a bank holiday to coincide with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral. This allowed individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning. Please be aware that, like most bank holidays, there will be changes to opening times and the running of services. You are encouraged to check opening times prior to making journeys.

In West Suffolk:

  • Bin collections will be one day late for the whole week. We request that you put your bins out by 6.15am and leave them if they have not been emptied, as the times of collection may vary. Check Find my nearest for details of your bin collection
  • West Suffolk Council offices - closed
  • Parks and cemeteries will be opened and closed as for a bank holiday
  • Park cafés and kiosks:
    • Abbey Gardens kiosk - closed 10.30am to noon
    • Brandon Country Park Café – closed
    • East Town Park kiosk – closed
    • Haverhill Rec Kiosk – closed
    • Nowton Park Café closed 10.30am to noon
    • West Stow Country Park Café – closed
  • Park and garden toilets - open
  • Moyse’s Hall Museum – closed
  • West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village – closed
  • West Stow Country Park will be open
  • The Apex – closed
  • Abbeycroft Leisure centres - closed

Reading of the Proclamations of Accession in Suffolk took place on Sunday 11 September

The county reading of the Proclamation in Suffolk was at 1pm on Sunday, from the balcony of Ipswich Town Hall, overlooking the Cornhill in Ipswich.

The public Proclamations of Accession in West Suffolk were read at the following locations at 3.30pm on Sunday 11 September.

  • Brandon - Market Square
  • Bury St Edmunds - Athenaeum balcony
  • Clare - Market Hill War Memorial
  • Haverhill - Market Square
  • Mildenhall - Market Cross, Market Place
  • Newmarket - King Edward VI Memorial Hall

Watch a YouTube film Montage of West Suffolk's Proclamations of the Accession for His Majesty King Charles III

More information: Suffolk citizens invited to historic moment as new Sovereign proclaimed across the county

Following national protocols the Union Flags were flying at full mast for the Proclamations of Accession between 11am on 10 September and 4:30pm on 11 September. Afterwards flags returned to half mast.