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Weyhe Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Weyhe, Landkreis Diepholz, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-13 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Weyhe flag] 2:3 image by Ingo Becker, 16 August 2010

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Municipality of Weyhe

Weyhe is a community in Lower Saxony, Germany, part of the administrative district of Diepholz, bordering Bremen in the north, with slightly over 30,000 inhabitants and an area of about 60 kmē. Weyhe was created in 1974 by fusion of three former communities Kirchweyhe, Leeste, Sudweyhe) on the occasion of a large amalgamation of communities in Lower Saxony in the seventies of the last century.

The coat of arms was established in 1979. It goes back to that one of a family von Weyhe, who lived here in earlier days. The website of the community says, that the colours of the coat of arms are red and silver. The lion has a red tongue and golden teeth and claws. The three red stripes commemorate the three former communities.

Since 1986 there is also a flag of two equal stripes of red over white (heraldic "silver") and a large coat of arms in the centre. Many of those flags fly on private posts. But - contrary to the above description - those flags show the lion's teeth and claws in white instead of gold. The main bylaw of Weyhe says in §2 (2): "Die Farben der Flagge sind rot und silber; sie zeigt das Gemeindewappen." ("The colours of the flag are red and silver. It shows the municipal arms."

Information from the town hall, in existence since 1986. The real flag should show only one shade of red.
Ingo Becker, 16 August 2010, 10 February 2011

Village of Kirchweyhe

Kirchweyhe Flag

[Kirchweyhe flag] 3:5
speculative image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, coat of arms based upon image ofIngo Becker, 8 Nov 2011

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a white over red over white horizontal triband. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
the ratio between stripes is not described clearly within source, all stripes might have equal width instead (editorial note/ kms)
Source: Stadler 1970, p.52
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2011

Kirchweyhe Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The silver (=white) shield is divided by two red, sinister bendy bars. Above is a red demi lion issuant.
According to source the life of the local kin of Weye, aka Weyhe had been closely connected with the affiairs of the village The Weye family was part of the Bremen bishopric's gentry and died out in the 20th(?) century. The local coat of arms is derived from the arms of the Weyhe kin but simplified. There are only two bars instead of three.
The full arms today are the local coat of arms of the municipality of Weyhe (see above).
Source: Stadler 1970, p.52
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2011

The coat of arms of Kirchweyhe was approved by Oberpräsident of Hannover province in 1937.

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