It was a sad day in the village today, as we gathered around the memorial to say goodbye to our good friend and neighbour Nigel Spencer Small. With COVID 19 restrictions in place, a ceremony led by the Reverend Good took place outside in the fresh air in front of the Church House Inn. At one heartwarming moment in the service, a lone pigeon flew down and landed on the hearse. It paused for a moment, looked around, taking in the ring of humanity, and then gracefully flew up to the rooftops to watch from above.
Nigel was a cornerstone of the village, having been part of the parish Council and a school governor, as well as at the heart of most things going on in the village.
He loved nature and being outdoors, from his boating to his field of trees, he will be sorely missed by his buddies, friends and neighbours of Stokeinteignhead.
Our condolences and love to all his family.
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was at the Queen’s side for more than her six decades of reign.
Boris Johnson said he “inspired the lives of countless young people”.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband,” the Palace said.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
It is understood that the Prince of Wales travelled from his home in Gloucestershire to visit his mother at Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon.
Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister said that the duke had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world”.