Although many villagers fly flags on their own poles for various occasions, a flag will always be raised on the flagpole on the village green for all important occasions and memorials. The village appoints a Flag Master/Mistress who takes care of the flag raising and lowering. Sometimes this is accompanied by a religious service or other commemorative activities. Some of those occasions are shown below.
Armistice November 2021
Lowering the flag at 11:02am
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month – we will remember them.
Armistice is Latin for to stand (still) arms. The Armistice, an agreement to end the fighting of the First World War as a prelude to peace negotiations, began at 11am on 11th November 1918. To this day, we mark Armistice Day with a Two Minute Silence at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month, with villagers gathering on the green, around the flagpole. In 2021 we marked 100 years since the nation’s collective Remembrance traditions were first brought together, with a special poppy tribute on the green.
Editorial: Armistice 2021 photographs courtesy of Carol Thomas