It was with deep sadness that we received the news that our Sovereign Lady, Queen Elizabeth has died.

This page contains details of the ways in which we in Northstowe, of all faiths and none, are uniting to mark the period of National Mourning.

Sunday's Civic Events of Commemoration

On Sunday morning, Northstowe is invited to gather on the Green, 24 hours before the State Funeral of her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 
We will come together, from all faiths and none, because we share in common the deep sense of loss to our nation. 

We will come together to remember
We will come together to give thanks
We will come together to comfort one another in our grief.
And, as our time concludes, we will look to the future: welcoming in the reign of our new King, Charles III, as we stand together and sing the national anthem.
Our service, which will last around 30 mins, draws on resources provided for this solemn occasion by the Church of England, where the Queen has been Supreme Governor, together with tributes from civic and faith leaders, each respectful of each other's beliefs. 


In the evening, Northstowe will join the National Minute's Silence. This will be a very short and entirely civic event, featuring the Silence and National Anthem.

Both events will take place on The Green. Please gather ten minutes before the start time.
Contact Revd Beth Cope ( for more information.

Where to pay your respects in Northstowe

Should you wish to lay flowers during the period of mourning, we have worked with Northstowe Town Council to support this. Please use the hard standing at the Green (at entrance to Northstowe) where a portrait of HRH Queen Elizabeth II can be found.

The Council would kindly ask you to remove any form of plastic wrapping before laying flowers.

You may like to use these or similar words.

God of love,
We thank you for the life of The Queen,
for her service to our nation,
and for her faith in you.
Be close to all of us who mourn,
that we may we find comfort and hope in your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Book of Condolences

Those wishing to pay their respects to Her Majesty may visit Pathfinder Primary School, where   Northstowe Town Council have arranged a Book of Condolence  for messages of sympathy.

The entrance is signposted on the school fence, and is the former 'Wing' lobby area. Access for signing is open on weekdays between the hours of 9AM and 5:30PM, Monday 12th to Friday 16th September and also on Tuesday 20th September.

With special thanks to The Pathfinder C of E Primary School - Northstowe - Cambridgeshire for offering the space for the Book of Condolence.

Look Up: A Reflection following the Death of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

Last Sunday, Revds Beth and Stephen led a Service for the period of National Mourning in our Parish Church of All Saints' Longstanton. You can read the text of Revd Beth's homily here:

About Us: The Civic Role of the Church of England

Revd Dr Beth Cope and Revd Stephen Dove are the Church of England priests for Northstowe. 

The Church of England, as the established church, fulfils a civic responsibility. Its bishops and priests are responsible for performing state weddings and funerals, acts of remembrances, memorial services as well as grand occasions like the coronation.

Following her Majesty's example, we seek to hold spaces where those of all faiths and none can express their spirituality, learning from each other as we work together to build a better world.

Locally, our Parish Church building is All Saints' Longstanton. Anyone who lives in Northstowe or Longstanton is welcome to mark their life events with Christian ceremonies in our Parish Church, regardless of whether you normally attend church. Read more: Life events (weddings, christenings, funerals) - Pathfinder Church, Northstowe


Christian Worship in Northstowe

As Pioneer Ministers for Northstowe, Revds Beth and Stephen also work ecumenically (with those across the Christian denominations involved in Churches Together England). They lead Pathfinder Church Northstowe, which has Anglican foundations but an inclusive ecumenical welcome to those of all Christian traditions and none.

Pathfinder Church Northstowe meets in The Pathfinder Church of England Primary School on Sunday afternons at 3.30pm, as well as being active throughout the week.

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