Lying in State – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Lying-in-State at the Palace of Westminster opened to the public at 1700 hrs on 14 September. It will be open 24 hours a day until it closes at 0630 hrs on 19 September.

Sunday, 18th September – Church Services.  We have not been informed about all the church services across Sedgemoor, but there will be a special commemoration service in

St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater at 1700 hrs.  All welcome.

There is a service at St Andrew Church in in Burnham-on-Sea at 1800 hrs.  All welcome.

Chairman, Cllr Alan Bradford, will be attending a Somerset -wide service in Wells Cathedral during the afternoon.

Moment of reflection – A National Moment of Reflection is being held at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.

Across the UK, people who want to pay their respects to Her Majesty the Queen are encouraged to mark the occasion in their homes, on their doorsteps and with neighbours in their local communities by observing a one minute silence.

Funeral arrangements – The service will be televised.  There will be a 2-minute national silence at the end of the service.

Bank Holiday – SDC will be observing the Bank Holiday and closing our offices on Monday 19th September, out of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to allow our team the opportunity to mark her incredible life and service on the day of the funeral.  Our 24/7 on-line services will be available at  

Critical or essential services will, as usual, continue 24/7 over this period. These services will not be affected by this closure. In an emergency,  please call our out of hours emergency telephone number 0800 917 6520

Our 24/7 on-line services will be available at   We re-open as normal on Tuesday 20th September.

Books of Condolence – will close at 1700 hrs on Tuesday, 20th September.   Buckingham Palace also has an official Book of Condolence for people to leave tributes online.  Physical books will then be archived at Somerset Heritage Centre.

Flags– the flag will stay at half-mast until 0800 hrs on Tuesday, 20th September.  It will then go to full mast.  Flags may be flown overnight during this period but should remain at half-mast.

The Royal Standard is never flown at half-mast even after the death of a monarch, as there is always a Sovereign on the throne and it would therefore be inappropriate for it to fly at half-mast.

Waste and recycling services – Somerset Waste Partnership has confirmed that there will be no collections taking place or recycling sites open on Monday 19 September.  All collections, including recycling, rubbish and garden waste, will take place a day later than scheduled for the rest of the week. Collections scheduled for Friday 23 September take place on Saturday 24 September.

All 16 of Somerset’s recycling sites will be closed on Monday 19 September