• Parish Clerk

Opportunities for commemoration of HRH Duke of Edinburgh at Blofield Church

Following the sad news from Buckingham Palace concerning the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, we know that there are many people in our village who would like to pay their respects and commemorate the life of His Royal Highness. Blofield Church will be offering the opportunity to do this through worship and reflection in the following ways.


The Church will be open for personal quite prayer and reflection each day until the day prior to the funeral between 10.00 am and 4.30 pm.

(Arrangements are in place to do this in a covid safe way, including appropriate social distancing and the wearing of a face mask when entering the church)

Each day will end with evening prayer led by the Rector at 4.00 pm, except on Sunday 11th of April when this will be replaced by a service of said Evensong at 6.00 pm.


We note that, in the light of covid restrictions, the Royal Family have asked members of the public to consider making a donation to charity instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of Prince Philip.

We would encourage you to do this. However, any floral tributes may be laid around the war memorial next to Blofield Church.


Again, in the light of Covid restrictions there will be no book of condolence opened in the church, instead people will be directed to the online book of condolence at:

https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip


On the day prior to the funeral a commemorative service will be held at Blofield church at 10.30 am and this service will be live streamed on our YouTube channel.

At each service covid precautions will be in place and everyone, except those with a permitted exemption will be required to wear a face mask.


UNFORTUNATELY, OUR COVID SAFE CAPACITY AT EACH SERVICE IS LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE. ONCE THIS NUMBER IS REACHED, WE WILL BE UNABLE TO ADMIT ANYONE ELSE TO THE SERVICE


I offer the village the support of my prayers at this sad time.

Rev Kevin Billson

Rector