Warwick District continues to mourn the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her State Funeral on Monday, with a number of community gatherings and opportunities to pay tribute to Her Majesty taking place across the district.
Book of Condolence
The Queen’s Book of Condolence remains open to visitors in the Royal Pump Rooms on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm. The book will be closed on Monday 19 September for the State Funeral, reopening for one more day on Tuesday 20 September. At 5pm on this day, the Chair of Warwick District Council, Councillor Mini Kaur Mangat, will close the book on behalf of the residents of the district. The book will then be passed to officers for binding and submission to the County Records Office, and the Chair will inform His Majesty the King of its location.
Those who wish to lay flowers or plants to mark Her Majesty’s death can visit the following official locations:
- Kenilworth – Abbey Fields, on the area adjacent to the car park and St Nicholas Church
- Warwick – Market Square, in front of Shire Hall
- Leamington Spa – Jephson Gardens around the Davies Clocktower.
- Whitnash – Acre Close, adjacent to the Civic Centre and Library
We would ask anyone laying floral tributes to remove any plastic/cellophane wrappings and anything that is non-biodegradable. The flowers can then be composted, and any mementoes, cards or drawings will be collected and retained by Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum for display at a future date.
Funeral and Remembrance Services
Councillors and officers from Warwick District Council will be joining the nation to observe a one minute’s silence at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, the night before the Queen’s funeral to mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II, as part of a shared national moment of reflection.
Services of commemoration and thanksgiving for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II taking place on Sunday 18 September include:
- Collegiate Church of St Mary’s Warwick ,2.30pm
- St Mark’s Church, Leamington Spa, 4pm
- St Nicholas Church, Kenilworth 6.30pm
Please check with individual places of worship for details of other remembrance services.
The following venues will be open to the public to watch the broadcast of the funeral on Monday 19 September.
- Vue Cinema, Leamington Spa with free admission and a bottle of water for those wishing to attend.
- Kenilworth Centre, Abbey End open from 10.30am on Monday with coffee, tea and cake available.
- Kenilworth Sporting Ground, Gypsy Lane, Kenilworth
- Whitnash Sports & Social Club, open from 10am
Service changes and closures
The Council Offices, Everyone Active Leisure Centres, The Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum and Spa Centre will be closed on Monday 19 September. Essential services including waste and recycling collections, street cleansing and public toilets and those to support the vulnerable will continue, though there will be a pause in operations while the funeral service is taking place.
Following the cancellation last week Warwick Market will take place on Saturday 17 September from 9am to 3pm with traders and visitors observing a two-minute silence at 12 noon to pause and reflect on the life of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Further updates on the district’s arrangements for this period are available on the Warwick District Council website.