Church Bells Toll on Friday to Mark Queen's Passing

Leading community commemorations in days following her death

A book of condolence at a local Church and the bell tower at All Saints Fulham
A book of condolence at a local library and the bell tower at All Saints Fulham

Bells at churches around the country, including All Saints Fulham, St Peter’s in Hammersmith and St Simon’s in Shepherd’s Bush, have tolled at midday on Friday, 9 September to mark the passing of The Queen.

Churches across the borough have also opened their doors for quiet contemplation, the lighting of candles and signing of condolence books.

Special services will be held on Sunday and St Paul’s in Hammersmith is also inviting local people to place flowers and candles in jars in the circle in front of the church building.

A statement from St Paul’s says: “In light of the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II on 8 September, we will be making space at St Paul’s for us to remember her as a community.”

Many members of the community, meanwhile have been taking to Twitter to pay tribute to The Queen and thank her for her many years of service.

The tributes have been led by our two local MPs. Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter tweeted @hammersmithandy: “ A time of great sadness for our country and Her Majesty's family. We reflect on and give thanks for her long lifetime of service and unfaltering leadership. May she rest in peace.”

Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands said @GregHands: “ Such a very sad day. But thinking about an exceptionally remarkable life in the service of her people.

" God save the King.”

Local charities and community organisations have also shared online tributes,. Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham tweeted @AgeUKHF: “Age UK Hammersmith & Fulham would like to share its deepest condolences with the Royal Family, and with all of you who loved and admired her as we did.

“For us and for many older people, she was an incredible inspiration. We'll miss her hugely.”

Hammersmith United Charities said @HamUnited: “ Hammersmith United Charities is saddened by the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We join with people in Hammersmith and around the world mourning her loss and offering our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty The King and the Royal Family.”

Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow Mind said @EFEHMind: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We offer our condolences to the Royal Family and any who are struggling.

“Death can affect all of us in different ways and bring up difficult emotions. If you're struggling, we're here for you.”

Shepherds Bush Families Project & Childrens Centre said @SBFamiliesProj: “ After 70 years of grace, leadership and public service, we are saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a remarkable woman. Our deepest condolences to The Royal Family. The nation and the world joins you in this period of mourning.”

Hammersmith’s Irish Cultural Centre tweeted @MyICCLondon: “ Following the sad news of the passing of Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, the board, staff and volunteers of The ICC offer their condolences to the Royal Family. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.”

As a mark of respect to The Queen, this weekend’s Premier League football fixtures have been postponed, including a much anticipated local match between Fulham FC and Chelsea FC.

Announcing the postponement, Fulham Football Club said @FulhamFC, “Fulham FC is deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“ Our thoughts are with the entire Royal Family as the nation mourns this huge loss.

“ Rest in peace, Your Majesty.”


Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

Jacob Phillips - Local Democracy Reporter

September 10, 2022