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.
|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|
|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|
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.
The Broader diagonal white stripe must be at the top of the flag on the side nearest the flagpole.
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.
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.
28th March 2020