St Augustine's Church Thorpe Bay
St Augustine's ChurchThorpe Bay

Did you Know ? .................

That there are 19 specific days each year on which the Union Flag should be flown on command of Her Majesty on Government buildings (generally accepted to mean buildings owned or used by the crown and predominately occupied by Civil Servants or Her Majesty's Armed forces).  When flown, the Union Flag should be raised at

8 am and lowered at sunset.


Individuals, local authorities and other organisations (that's us!) may fly the Union Flag whenever they wish, subject to compliance with any local planning requirements.


                 Occasion Flag            
  Epiphany Diocesan Flag
  Easter Day Diocesan Flag
  Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen        Union Flag
  St Georges Day Flag of St George
  Ascension Day Diocesan Flag
  St Augustine's Day Diocesan Flag
  Coronation Day Union Flag
  Whitsunday Diocesan Flag
  Trinity Sunday Diocesan Flag
  Sovereigns Official Birthday Union Flag
  Birthday of Prince William Union Flag
  Birthday of Prince George Union Flag
  Remembrance Day Union Flag
  Remembrance Sunday Union Flag
  Birthday of the Prince of Wales Union Flag

Flying Flags at Half Mast

Half mast doesn't actually mean that flags are flown half way up the flagstaff; flags are actually flown two-thirds up.  When raising the flag it should always be hoisted to the top of the flagpole and then lowered back down to the half mast position.  Likewise before it is lowered at sunset, it should first be hoisted to the top before lowering completely.

Which way is up ?

The Broader diagonal white stripe must be at the top of the flag on the side nearest the flagpole.





So this is correct ...................................




And this is upside down! ................

And ........... Our Vimpel.   Usually seen more frequently in Scandanavian countries, a Vimpel is a long triangular banner that is flown every day of the year whenever a normal flag isn't being flown.  Our Vimpel, with the cross of St George, should be fluttering in the breeze as we speak. 

Where to find us

Google says we're right here!

We are located in the middle of Thorpe Bay, about two miles east of Southend on Sea and just a short walk from the sea front.  We are easily accessible by train (Thorpe Bay station is on the main line from London Fenchurch Street) and bus (Nos 1, 7 and 9), and there is ample on-street parking around the church. The church itself is on an island site at the junction of Johnstone Road and St Augustine’s Avenue.


Our address is:


St Augustine’s Church,

St Augustine’s Avenue,

Thorpe Bay, Essex.

SS1 3JH.

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19th May 2022

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