HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The Benefice of Frensham offers its sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, our patron, and all the Royal family following the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9 April. HRH Prince Philip will be remembered for his life-long dedication and service to our country and the Commonwealth.
St Mary's church is open for private prayer and reflection. During the official eight days of mourning you may come and express your feelings through prayer and the lighting of a candle. If you are unable to come to church and wish to light a virtual candle in memory of Prince Philip, you may do so here.
Because of the Covid pandemic, we will not be opening a book of condolence at the church, but encourage you to sign the national online book of condolence by following this link.
Should you wish to place flowers or other items in memory of Prince Philip, the Royal household have suggested that because of the Covid pandemic, you may wish to make a charity donation instead.
We held a service in commemoration of the Duke on the evening before his funeral on Friday 16 April at 6pm at St Mary's. To view this service please click here.
On the day of the funeral we tolled the half-muffled tenor bell again 99 times at 2pm.
On Saturday 10 April at 12.00 noon, churches across the country tolled bells in memory of Prince Philip. Our Tower Captain, Harry Glover, tolled the half-muffled tenor bell 99 times (99 handstrokes and 99 backstrokes).