Stratton St Margaret Parish Council will be taking part in the Fly a Flag for the 2017 Commonwealth day on 13 March. Join the community from 9.45am for a short ceremony at the Parish Peace Memorial followed by refreshments at Grange Bar, Grange Leisure, SN3 4JY (free parking available).
Last year over 900 Commonwealth Flags were raised together at 10am that morning by local authorities (including over 200 parish and town councils) and a small number of others, throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories. This was the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth flag in the history of the Commonwealth which bodes well for the future, especially as this event is to become an annual occasion growing in size and stature over the next few years, involving the countries and communities of all the other 52 Commonwealth countries on Commonwealth Day each year, (which always falls on the second Monday in March).
The Parish Council will be inviting schools, members of Girlguiding and the Scouts, groups of Sea and Air Cadets, charities and community groups and Commonwealth Ex-Serviceman, to get involved with their event. Their event will link the community of Stratton St Margaret with people from across the Commonwealth, spanning oceans and continents.
The Parish Council has chosen the location of this special event at their Peace Memorial on Ermin Street which is befitting as the Commonwealth theme for 2017 is Peace-building.