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Rutland Flag Registered

A new county flag registered. Following research by ABC and approaches to the Rutland High Sheriff, the local council has released its armorial banner for public use and the design has now been registered by the Flag Institute as the county flag of Rutland. Read more … Continue reading

17 November 2015 21 November 2015 start the discussion

Historic Counties Convention 24 October 2015

Join us in York for the Historic Counties Convention on 24 October 2015. Visit http://abcounties.com/countycon for more information.

Historic County Flags Day – 23 July 2015

Historic County Flags Day – #CountyFlagsDay is Thursday 23rd July 2015, when the people of Great Britain celebrate the nation’s historic counties through the flying of Flags. Colour Your County! https://colouryourcounty.wordpress.com https://www.facebook.com/countyflagsday  

Caithness flag competition reaches voting stage.

The Caithness flag competition has now reached voting stage. The competition attracted 327 entries and is a joint venture between the Highland Council, Caithness community councillors, the local newspaper The John O’Groats Journal and the Flag Institute, sanctioned by the chief Scottish heraldic authority, the Lord Lyon. … Continue reading

20 June 2015 21 June 2015 start the discussion

New marker post on Lancashire / Yorkshire border

The Friends of Real Lancashire, one of our affiliated groups, invite you to attend the unveiling ceremony for a new marker post on 22 March 2015 and say:   Walkers on the Pennine Way near Oldham will from this week know when they are crossing … Continue reading

Westmorland Road Sign

ABC Member Philip Tibbetts advises that Burton village council organised and funded this Westmorland sign. It is understood that Cumbria council has given Parish Councils the ability to erect signs if they want following on from Eric Pickles’ initiative last April.  

Flintshire county flag registered.

The Flag Institute has announced that the county flag of Flintshire is to be added to the registry. Flintshire becomes the seventh Welsh county to acquire a registered flag. Congratulations to the group who campaigned for their county to secure a flag of its own. https://www.facebook.com/FlintshireFlag?fref=ts

24 February 2015 25 February 2015 start the discussion

A county flag for Caithness.

The county of Caithness has launched its county flag competition, sanctioned by the Lord Lyon, Scotland’s Chief heraldic authority. More details here http://www.highland.gov.uk/news/article/8401/chance_to_design_caithness_flag?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=

23 February 2015 25 February 2015 start the discussion

New Cambridgeshire Flag.

The long awaited winner of the Cambridgeshire county flag competition was announced on Sunday February 1st. https://andystrangeway.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/brady-ells-wins-the-cambridgeshire-flag-competition/ The winning design was created by ABC member Brady Ells, who had previously enjoyed a similar success in neighbouring Northamptonshire and had secured registration of the traditional gold martlets … Continue reading

1 February 2015 2 February 2015 start the discussion

Our Counties 2015 – Call for items

Please send-in of content for the ABC’s Annual publication, ‘Our Counties’. We are looking for absolutely anything to do with the counties: articles, news items, snippets, photos, poems, quotes, quizzes, puzzles etc. etc. The high standard we have set with Our Counties can only be maintained … Continue reading

18 January 2015 25 January 2015 start the discussion


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