Flag Flying

On behalf of the Richmond Team Ministry appropriate flags are flown from the flagpole atop the 15th century tower of St Mary Magdalene. These include the flag of St George, with the arms of the Diocese of Southwark in the first quarter, on Christian festivals. The Union flag is flown on important national days, a reminder that the Church of England exists to serve the whole community. Some other national communities living in Richmond have donated their own national flags to be flown on their national days. A monthly flying list is posted on the notice board in the West porch of the church – the current list is reproduced below. Appropriate flags can be flown at weddings and funerals by prior arrangement.

WHY IS THE FLAG FLYING?
Date Commemoration Flag
Sunday, 1 July Richmond’s Canadian community on Canada Day Canada*
Tuesday, 3 July Feast of St Thomas the Apostle St George’s Cross with Southwark Diocesan arms in the canton dexter
Wednesday, 4 July Richmond’s US community and our twin town (since 1980) of Richmond, Virginia on US Independence Day USA**
Saturday, 7 July Pride in London Parade LGBT Rainbow***
Saturday, 14 July Richmond’s French community and our twin town (since 1977) of Fontainebleau on French National Day – La Fete nationale France****
Tuesday, 17 July 71st Anniversary of the Birthday of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall Cornwall (St Piran)*****
Wednesday, 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day South Africa******
Sunday, 22 July Feast of St Mary Magdalene Children’s
Monday, 23 July 5th Historic Counties Flag Day Surrey (de Warenne) checks*******
Wednesday, 25 July Feast of St James the Apostle St George’s Cross with Southwark Diocesan arms in the canton dexter

* donated by Birgid Scharf
** donated by Richmond, The American International University in London
*** donated by Charles Stiller
**** donated by a friend of France
***** donated and made by Mark Edwards, Richmond Bridge Boatbuilders
****** donated by Richmond’s South African community and friends of SA
******* donated by the Association of British Counties