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Akkerwoude (The Netherlands)

Dantumadeel municipality, Fryslân province

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[Akkerwoude flag] by Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2004
adopted ? design: R.J. Broersma

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Akkerwoude villageward

Akkerwoude is a former village, now a ward of Damwoude, the main village of Dantumadeel in Fryslân province.
Coat of Arms: in gold in base vert charged with a bowed base or charged with two lying rye-ears, the top one with the stalk sinister, the bottom one with the stalk dexter; in gold standing on the dividing line three red castles, opened and windowed , the dexter castle surmounted by a green alder-leaf.
Flag: two stripes of yellow and red divided chevron-wise with three chevrons; the height of the apexes is 3/4 flagheight. At 1/10 flagheight from the top a green horizontal stripe of 1/10 flagheight; bottom left a white castle of 11/30 flagheight, open and windowed.
Because the village of Akkerwoude has ceased to exist separately the flag was designed for the society "Vereniging van Dorpsbelangen wijk Akkerwoude".
The design has been made so that it can also be used for the ward "Murmerwoude" with another village-emblem. It might also be used for the new village of Damwoude (see Genealogysk Jierboekje 1996, p.210)
The three castles symbolize the three former villages; the alder-leaf in the (heraldic) right corner shows the geographical position of the village, in this case the westernmost of the three. The leaf is also for "woud"- wood and refers to the wooded ditches in this area.
The hollowed part of the shield symbolizes the sandridge, on which the villages were built. On the yellow base are two rye-ears, as requested by the village-society, symbolizing agriculture.
The flag is an abstract simplification of the coat of arms. Instead of three castles the three former villages are represented by three chevrons, and the castle refrs to the ward's location. The alder-leaf has been replaced by the small green stripe.
Design: R.J. Broersma, member of the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk, in consultation with the forenamed society.
Source: Genealogyst Jierboekje, c. 2000.
Note: this flag is the mirror-image of the flag of Dantumawoude.
Note 2: Nickname: squealers.
Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2004

Akkerwoude Coat of Arms

[Akkerwoude Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2004