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11th April 2021


It is with great sadness that Pontesbury Parish Council has learned of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Book of condolence

Members of the public can now sign the national online Condolence Book at The Royal Family website here:Royal Website..  In line with government guidance there will not be books available in public places.

Letters of Condolence

You will appreciate that Buckingham Palace will be receiving many letters of condolence from individuals, organisations and local authorities and the capacity to acknowledge them all will be limited.  However, if you wish to send a letter then it should be sent to:

Brigadier Archie Miller-Bakewell,

Private Secretary to His late Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh,

Buckingham Palace,

London,  SW1A 1AA

Flags flying at half-mast

Flags are flying at half-mast where possible and safe to do so,  until 8am on the day following the funeral.


The Government understands that this is a difficult and sad time for many, and that members of the public will wish to pay their respects. In order to protect each other and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission members of the public are asked not to visit Royal Residences or gather in public at this time, and to continue to follow all COVID-19 regulations in the place you reside. In particular, the government respectfully asks that the public does not attempt to attend any events associated with the funeral of His Royal Highness.

Members of the public are strongly advised against travelling to landmarks and laying floral tributes, candles, messages or momentoes in public spaces.  The Royal Household understand that members of the public would like to express their grief on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Making a donation to one of His Royal Highness’s many patronages is a fitting way of paying tribute to his remarkable legacy. A list of His Royal Highness’s patronages, and how you can donate can be found on the Royal Website.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. 


For further information, please refer to the Royal Website or GOV.UK.

25th March 2021

Please find notices for the PCC election in May 2021 by following the links below

23rd March 2021

We are currently working with Minsterley Parish Council to install solar lighting along the cylceway which links the two villages, in order to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety.  We have put out a tender for the work to be done which can be viewed at:



15th March 2021

You will notice from your council tax bills received recently that the precept has gone up 59p per week (on a Band D property) and the total precept is a 39% increase on last year.   The costs of running the parish including the 120 streetlights, public toilets, grounds maintenance, play area and a new community building have increased significantly in recent years.  The workload involved in running these services and a new community building has also increased and we are employing an additional member of staff to help with the workload.  Our new community building has provided a permanent home for Pontesbury Library and will soon provide a base for the local policing team.  The community hub has already provided significant support for the community during the pandemic by housing the foodbank, providing an administrative base for the Good Neighbours Scheme and offering debt advice sessions.  As we come out of lockdown the building will provide a much- needed social space with drop-in sessions led by organisations offering information and support and a venue for many exciting community events and meetings as we all begin to come together again.  For many years the precept was not increased in line with the real costs of running the parish and this situation is not sustainable.  The additional staff in place and the community building, we believe, will contribute to this parish being better able to meet the demands of the next couple of years, as we support our community through these difficult times.  It will also ensure that we can meet the demands of the future as more services are passed to us at parish level to manage.

Please contact your local councillor if you would like more information


15th March 2021

Please find below the Notice of Election from Shropshire Council


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