The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 – 2021

His Royal Highness
The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that Swanage Town Council learned of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Town Council extends its heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family.


The following statement has been issued by Buckingham Palace

It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

Further announcements will be made in due course.

The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.

Friday, 9 April 2021


Message from the Mayor of Swanage Councillor Mike Bonfield

‘It is with deep sadness that I heard of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip this morning. As the longest serving royal consort in British history, he has been a part of all our lives.

The Union Flag is being flown at half-mast on the Town Hall as we remember the lifetime of service which His Royal Highness devoted to Her Majesty The Queen and to our Nation.’

Book of Condolence

An online book of condolence has been made available  from Buckingham Palace for people to show their respect. Please visit the following link to the Royal Household’s website:

The Royal Family

People without access to the internet wishing to leave a message in the book, can call the Customer Service Team at Dorset Council on 01305 221000 who will record the message for them.

Alternatively, Dorset Council Libraries will reopen on Monday 12th April 2021 where people without computer access may use Dorset Council’s computers to send their own message of condolence. To comply with current COVID guidelines, people are requested to phone ahead and book a computer session.

Swanage Library contact details

Tel: 01929 423485   


Webpage: Swanage Library (


The nation will now begin a period of mourning for 10 days before a private funeral takes place at Windsor Castle.


Further information

Dorset Council pays tribute to HRH the Duke of Edinburgh - Dorset Council news

About The Duke of Edinburgh -

Dofe FB - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award







Dorset Council Community Response - dedicated helpline for vulnerable people

Tel: 01305 221000 Email:




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This is an unprecedented, continually changing situation and we are all working to keep Swanage residents safe. The Town Council would like to thank you for your understanding and patience at this time. Please visit the news page for further information.



Swanage Town Council is the parish council for the town of Swanage, including the settlements of Durlston, Herston and Ulwell.

Its mission statement is to maintain and enhance Swanage for the well-being and prosperity of present and future generations.

The Town Council is one of two tiers of local government and works with Dorset Council to provide a wide range of services for residents and visitors alike.

The Town Council has direct responsibility for:

Unlike Dorset Council, the Town Council receives no direct government grant. It raises its income through the parish precept element of the Council Tax and the charges it makes for its services.

Dorset Council is responsible for:

  • Education and training
  • Social services
  • Highways and footpaths
  • Council Tax
  • Planning, buildings and land
  • On street parking
  • Environmental health
  • Economic development
  • Benefits
  • Libraries, history and culture
  • Refuse collection and recycling
  • Trading Standards
  • Registration Service (births, deaths and marriages)

Further information can be found by clicking on the link above, or by visiting Dorset Council's website.

Refuse collection and recycling 

For further information on Dorset Waste Services, please use the link and contact form below:

Bins, recycling and litter

Dorset Waste Services - contact form 

Decisions of the Town Council are taken by twelve Councillors elected every four years. However, at the election held in May 2019 Councillors were elected for a term of five years. The next scheduled elections will be held in 2024 and the term of office will again be five years. With effect from 2029, the term of office will revert to four years.

The Council’s decisions are implemented by the Town Council’s staff, headed by the Town Clerk, Dr Martin Ayres.

The Town Council encourages comments, queries and complaints regarding its services and invites you to e-mail us at

Alternatively you can contact us by telephone on             01929 423636, or write to us at:

The Town Hall
High Street 
BH19 2NZ


Town Hall Opening Times

Please note that the Town Hall Reception Desk is currently closed to the public.

However, enquiries can continue to be made via email to: and by telephone to: 01929 423636.

Further information regarding Town Council services and other useful information can be found on the website's news page, and the Council's Facebook page:

The following is for information purposes only at this time:

The Town Hall reception is open to the public from Monday to Friday during the following times:

  1st April to 30th September 1st October to 31st March
Mornings 10.00am to 1.00pm 10.00am to 1.00pm
Afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm

2.00pm to 3.00pm


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