It is with very great sadness that we have heard of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

It was in Devon as a young naval officer, training at Britannia Royal Naval College, that Prince Philip met and later married Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Not surprisingly therefore the County has been important to them both throughout their lives and they have visited us here many times.

We give thanks for a wonderful life. May he rest in peace.

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The Hon.Mrs d’Erlanger Deputy Lieutenant of Devon opened the Sandford Royal Street Market 11.06.2016

by | June 13th, 2016

Sandford’s celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of HM The Queen, got off to a great start with the Sandford Royal Street Market in and around Church Street.  As the weather was unhelpful the organisers, much like the EU Referendum, had to make up their minds IN (inside the Parish Hall) or OUT (outside).  In the end the OUT majority won and it was a showery day. The sun did shine in time for the Opening of the Street Market by Deputy Lieutenant of Devon, the Honourable Mrs Elizabeth d’Erlanger who praised Sandford for planning such a great weekend. She was introduced by the Crediton Town Crier Kevin Payne.  The Chairman of Mid Devon District Council Cllr John Daw and Mrs Daw were also in attendance.  There were many stalls and the highlight was a Fairground Organ playing in the Square and the first appearance of the Sandford Orchards Lorry ‘Old Garge’ introduced by Barney Butterfield. Saturday evening saw a Family Ceilidh and on Sunday a celebration service at St Swithins followed by a Bring and Share Lunch at Sandford Parish Hall. The celebrations ended with a Loyal Toast by Barney Butterfield in Sandford Orchards Cider specially brewed for the occasion.