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Leader's blog - 14 September 2022

Published: Tuesday, 13 September, 2022

"As Chair of Stroud District Council, I was privileged to deliver the proclamation announcing the accession of King Charles III to the residents of the Stroud district on Sunday 11th September on the forecourt of SDC's Ebley Mill offices.  More than 100 people attended, including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Caroline Penley, district, county, parish and town councillors, Stroud's MP, police representatives, council officers and members of the public. You can see the ceremony on the council's YouTube channel.

The Union flag was briefly raised prior to the proclamation, then returned to half-mast where it will remain until the day after the State Funeral.

Following the ceremony, Council Leader Catherine Braun laid a floral tribute at Stratford Park in Stroud. A dedicated space has been made available for anyone wishing to leave flowers on the grass bank at the top of the main car park, adjacent the coach bays.

Books of Condolence are available to sign at Ebley Mill, The Pulse leisure centre in Dursley, and St Mary’s Church and the Civic Centre in Wotton-under-Edge. Details of the opening times are on the SDC website Floral tributes can be laid at the above addresses as well, and they will be moved respectfully to Stratford Park later.

As Monday, the day of Her Majesty’s funeral, has been declared a bank holiday, all Stroud District Council offices will be closed including The Museum in the Park, The Pulse in Dursley, Littlecombe and Stratford Park Leisure Centre.

Residents who have pre-booked bulky waste collections on Monday will be given an alternative date, and garden waste collections will take place the following Saturday, 25 September. Normal bank holiday arrangements for contacting the council during an emergency will apply – details can be found on the website"

Cllr Steve Robinson

Chair, Stroud District Council

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