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Scheemda (The Netherlands)

Groningen province

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Scheemda municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 29 Aug 1991.

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Scheemda municipality

Population (1 Jan 2003): 14.375; area: 117,17 km². Settlements: Scheemda (seat), Heiligerlee, Midwolda, Nieuwolda, Nieuw-Scheemda, Oostwold, 't Waar, Westerlee.
Scheemda is in east Groningen, a few km. northwest of Winschoten. Since 1990 it includes the municipalities of Midwolda and Nieuwolda. It includes the village of Heiligerlee, where we suffered one of our most glorious defeats by the Spaniards in 1568. Scheemda and Midwolde had national fame for the casting of clocks.
Flag: two dented stripes proportioned 1:2, yellow and red, the yellow stripe with three complete and two half dent and charged with five blue 6-pointed stars, placed three at the hoist and two at half height next to them.
Adopted 29 Aug 1991 by municipal resolution.
The stars have been taken from the arms of the former municipality of Midwolda, and may represent the Ursus Major stellar constellation.
Jarig Bakker, 13 Nov 1999

Scheemda old flag

[Scheemda old flag] by Jarig Bakker, 8 Apr 2005
Adopted 12 Jul 1966

Scheemda's old flag was: a square blue flag with in the center a sword pointed downwards, with on each side a trowel pointing upwards.
Adopted 12 Jul 1966 by municipal resolution.
The flag is an adaptation of the former municipal arms, which are based on the Biblical book Nehemia, 4: 17: The porters did their job with one hand, and in the other hand held a javelin.
The Coat of Arms was granted 1661 to Nieuw Scheemda by Mayors and Aldermen of the city of Groningen, because the church of Nieuw Scheemda  separated from the church of Scheemda in 1659. The new church was built with great difficulty. This symbol of warhaft building was later adopted by the municipality of Scheemda.
In 1990 the former municipalities of Midwolda, Nieuwolda and Scheemda merged to form the new municipality of Scheemda, which adopted a new flag and Coat of Arms.
Source: DerkWillem Visser: Gemeentevlaggen en wapens Koninkrijk der Nederlanden, 2001.
Kl. Sierksma, De Gemeentewapens van Nederland, 1960.
Jarig Bakker, 8 Apr 2005