Her Majesty the Queen

21st April 1926 - 8th September 2022

It is with great sadness that we have received the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The Chair of Braunton Parish Council tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

We have tragically lost the only Monarch most of us have ever known during our lifetimes. Throughout her long reign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II devoted her life to the service of her people, as she promised she would when she acceded to the throne more than 70 years ago. Her reign has included difficult and turbulent times, during which the Queen has been the nation’s rock, always present and always stable, providing continuity and reassuring us all. It is impossible to overestimate how much we will miss her. The people of Braunton send our sincere condolences to the members of the Royal Family at this sad time. Our thoughts are with you.

Councillor Liz Spear

Braunton Parish Council


A book of condolence has been open at the Council Chamber throughout the mourning period until the day following the funeral. 

E-book of condolence for Her Majesty The Queen

A national e-book of condolence is available on The Royal Website


Should members of the public wish to lay flowers in remembrance of The Queen, the main location will be the grassed area around the Memorial Shelter in the Memorial Gardens, Chaloners Road, Braunton.

We would ask that flowers are laid without cellophane or ribbon etc. as the flowers will be taken for composting on the day following The Queen’s Funeral.

We would also ask that no teddy bears or other such mementoes are laid in this area.

Important information

  • tributes left in other locations will be moved to the designated location
  • we ask that no live candles be placed in The Memorial Gardens. Any live candles will need to be removed due to them being a fire risk
  • please remove cellophane from flowers
  • floral tributes may need to be removed due to hot weather. Where possible, flowers will be composted down and used in gardens around the district
  • plants and longer surviving flowers will be donated, where possible, to local organisations
  • please do not leave any soft toys
  • due to the number of floral tributes and other memorials, it is not expected that gifts, cards, labels or other documents laid anywhere other than in Royal Parks will be kept for the national archive· 

The National Proclamation of the new Monarch took place on Saturday 10th September at 1100hrs at St. James' Palace, London.

The following day, Sunday 11th September, the Proclamation was read out at 1200hrs in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. It was then read again at 1305hrs at County Hall in Exeter by the High Sheriff of Devon and finally followed by the Lord Mayor of Exeter reading the Proclamation at 1500hrs on the same day at the Exeter Cathedral accompanied by the Dean from Exeter Cathedral.

As per the protocol the Chair of Braunton Parish Council, Councillor Liz Spear read the Proclamation at 1600hrs at the Memorial Shelter.

The union jack was flown at half-mast since the announcement of the death of the Sovereign. 

Parish Council Meetings  

Braunton Parish Council's next advisory discussion meeting will take place online via Zoom on Monday 26th September at 7pm via the following link:


Meeting ID: 878 7253 8296

Passcode: 338991

The next Full Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 October at 7pm.


Useful Flood Contact Information with collage of images of water and rain


It is advisable to be prepared and not wait until flooding is forecast.  Sand is available from local builders' merchants.  Sandbags for filling are available from:

West Cross Garage on Chapel Street 24 Hrs 01271 812295. 

Parish Council Offices during opening hours (01271) 812131.
sandbag wall demonstration showing firefighter layering polythene sheeting with sandbags

Braunton Community Emergency Plan

Braunton Parish Council


Braunton is a large village in the South West of England situated 5 miles west of Barnstaple and 2 miles from the Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands Beach. Braunton is in the centre of North Devon’s world class UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with the Burrows at its core. The Great Field on the edge of the village is one of the last remaining examples of medieval strip farming and is next to the reclaimed Braunton Marshes.

Braunton Parish Council is a small local council consisting of 13 elected councillors who are elected every four years to represent the parish. The council members operate on an entirely voluntary and non-party political basis. The Council elects a Chairman every year, who presides over the Council, which operates in accordance with the powers and duties afforded to local councils. Councillors are bound by legislation in this way they can act on behalf of the community and this is supported by various codes, regulations and standards. The Council employs a Parish Clerk, a Senior Council Officer, an Administrator, a Caretaker, a Maintenance Person and a Gardener.

As a local council, Braunton Parish Council, operates at a level of council closest to the community, the other tiers of the council covering the area being North Devon Council and Devon County Council. Each tier of council has its own powers and responsibilities for the provision of services, the more strategic and wide ranging ones being at the higher and appropriate levels of council.

It is the Parish Council’s role to listen and understand the views of the local community, and councillors use their skills and local knowledge to assist and advise the higher tiers of authority on matters of local impact and importance. The Council sets an annual budget, funding for which is received largely through a demand on council tax payers in the Parish, known as the precept, which is collected on its behalf by the District Council.


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