National Moment of Reflection, Sunday 18th, Church Street, Stratton Audley.

The Government Cabinet Office has invited the public to take part in a National Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and reflect on her life and legacy. The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, the night before the State Funeral, and be marked by a one-minute silence.

Stratton Audley Parish Council has decided to hold a short vigil outside the Church commencing at 7.45pm. Everyone is invited to attend by gathering in front of the War Memorial. Please spread the word as this email newsletter is not read by everyone in the community.

Jeremy Adams has very kindly agreed to ring a sole bell and will do this
70 times in the lead up to the hour. A short official script will be read out just prior to 8pm, then a whistle will be blown and a minute’s silence will be observed followed by the singing of the National Anthem.

For those who are unable to attend, the suggestion is to stand by your doorstep and observe the one minute’s silence.

The Running order for the proceedings will be as follows:

By 19.45 members of the community will gather outside the entrance to the church.

70 bells will toll.

At approximate 19.57 the following words will be spoken:

Thank you all for gathering here this evening for this brief vigil on the eve of the funeral of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In a few moments we will join with people across the United Kingdom in a Moment of Silent Reflection.  The start and end of the Minute here will be marked by a whistle.

During the Minute we will have an opportunity, in silence, to reflect on the lifetime of service which Her late Majesty devoted to the United Kingdom, the Realms and Territories and to the Commonwealth.

The Queen was sure in her faith and steadfast in her duty, bringing constancy through 70 years of change.  We will remember Her late Majesty with affection and gratitude and silently give thanks in our hearts for her unswerving devotion to us and to our Country.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is now approaching 8.00 p.m.

At 20.00 a whistle sounds

Silence will be kept

At 20.01 the whistle marks the end of the Silence


The vigil concludes with all present saying:

God Save The King

and the singing of the National Anthem.