Death of 

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

The churches of the Sid Valley Mission Community offer our sincere condolences and prayers to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family, as they mourn the loss of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Sidmouth Parish Church will be open every day this week from 10am to 4pm for private prayer in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh. Please continue to observe all COVID-19 precautions when in the church, including using the provided sanitiser and wearing a face mask at all times.

The Church of England has opened an online book of condolence here.  

The Government has advised that in order to observe current Covid-19 precautions, physical condolence books should not be offered at this time. 

The Royal Family has asked people not to leave floral tributes in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, but invites them to make a donation to charity instead.

A statement from The Right Revd Robert Atwell, Bishop of Exeter
The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a personal loss for Her Majesty The Queen and her family, and a great loss for our nation. Prince Philip has been at the Queen’s side throughout her reign, and we honour his constancy and service. He had a strong sense of public duty combined with a resistance to all forms of flattery and self-seeking. His determination to encourage and build the aspirations of young people from all backgrounds through the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme will be his lasting legacy, one seen in the lives of millions of young people today.