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Wiltshire Day – 5th June

The lockdown has done nothing to dampen the celebration of county days this year. Although celebrations have been restricted to being on social media, the year on year growth in their popularity continues. On 23rd February we celebrated Shropshire Day. In March we celebrated Cornwall … Continue reading

More “county councils” to go – to the huge benefit of our historic counties

Upcoming local government changes continue the trend which will eventually clear-up the confusion in the public mind between the historic counties and local government – to the huge benefit of both. A core aim of ABC is to see a clear line drawn between the … Continue reading

27 February 2020 8 responses

Shropshire Day – Sun 23rd Feb

Shropshire has the privilege of kicking off the county day season for 2020. Sunday 23rd February 2020 is Shropshire Day, a day to celebrate everything we love about this beautiful shire. And there is much to love. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, … Continue reading

22 February 2020 one response

Gazetteer Gets An Upgrade

We’ve spent the last few months giving the Gazetteer of British Place Names (http://www.gazetteer.org.uk) a major upgrade. We first published the Gazetteer back in 1997 and it quickly became the standard reference work for the geography of Great Britain. Since then it has been hugely … Continue reading

11 February 2020 one response

Westmorland Day – Sunday 29th September 2019

Sunday 29th September is the day to celebrate everything we love about the beautiful historic county of Westmorland. From Kirkby Lonsdale to Newbiggin, from Ambleside to Kirkby Stephen, from the top of Helvellyn to the waters of Windermere, it is a day to celebrate the … Continue reading

28 September 2019 4 responses

Cumberland Day – Tuesday 24th September 2019

Tuesday 24th September is the day to celebrate everything we love about the magnificent historic county of Cumberland. From Millom to Longtown, from Whitehaven to Penrith, from the top of Scafell Pike to the shores of Derwentwater, it is a day to celebrate the extraordinary … Continue reading

18 September 2019 4 responses

New Government Guidance on Celebrating the Counties

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidance for councils on Celebrating the Historic Counties of England . This guidance sets out the rationale for the promotion of the historic counties and what local authorities can currently do in relation to placing boundary road … Continue reading

19 July 2019 one response

Hampshire Day – 15th July

15th July 2019 will see the first celebration of Hampshire Day.  The day will provide an annual opportunity for people across the county to share in celebrating Hampshire’s rich history, traditions, and culture. The date has been chosen since it is the feast day of St Swithun – … Continue reading

Suffolk Day – June 21st 2019

Suffolk Day is the annual celebration of all things Suffolk, with a variety of events being held across the county to show off everything Suffolk has to offer! Full details of events can be found at Suffolk Day Big Weekender . According to the Suffolk Day Proclamation … Continue reading

Sussex Day – Sunday 16th June 2019

This Sunday is Sussex Day, a day to celebrate everything we love about Sussex. Details of the many events taking place across the county, both on Saturday 15th and on Sunday 16th, can be found on the wonderful  Sussex Flag  Facebook page.   The event takes place … Continue reading