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Gieten (The Netherlands)

Aa en Hunze municipality, Drenthe province

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Gieten former municipality

The municipality of Gieten has been absorbed by the municipality of Aa en Hunze on 1 Jan 1998. Adopted 10 Mar 1971 by municipal resolution. The two lozenges are for the settlements Gieten and Gieterveen.
Jarig Bakker, 29 July 1999. 

Gieten Coat of Arms

Gieten Coat of Arms] image by Jarig Bakker, 30 Oct 2004
Granted 20 Aug 1941.

Gieten coat of arms: gules a turned greyhound rampant argent, necklaced or; the shield surmounted by a crown or of three leaves and two pearls.
The origin of the greyhound is unknown. It was already shown in the chamber of the Provincial States of Drenthe in 1883, and was used as emblem by the village choir in 1937. Possibly it is connected to hunting parties in times long gone. However Mr. van der Laars in the Koffie Hag album suggests that the person in charge of the dressing up of the States-chamber simply filled an empty space with a jumping greyhound...
Jarig Bakker, 30 Oct 2004


Gieten village flag

Gieten village flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 Nov 2004
adopted 1 Jul 2004; designer unknown

Stefan Lambrecht mentioned a flag of Gieten, a former municipality in Drenthe province, now part of the municipality of Aa en Hunze. On the site of the Gieten Firebrigade was the doggy of the former municipal Coat of Arms in a kaleidoscopal flurry of yellow and green. Mr. Henk Alting from Gieten confirmed that that was indeed the Gietener village flag. Adopted 1 Jul 2004; designer unknown; it was instigated by the Political Party for Village Interests. (politieke partij Dorpsbelangen).
Mr.Hans van Heijningen described it: (in Dutch: vanuit een groen gezoomde gele ring op x/y vlaghoogte en a/b vlaglengte krom gegeerd van geel en groen; de geer in de broektop breed en beladen met een omgewende springende witte hazewindhond.)
Out of a yellow oval bordered green near flagcenter curvy gored of yellow and green; the gore in topcenter wide and charged with a white greyhound rampant.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Oct 2004

Proof, if needed, that certain categories of drugs are legal in the Netherlands!
James Dignan, 30 Oct 2004

Some drugs cure, don't they? Anyway I've seen worse designs. But the greyhound on red would have been a far superior cure!
Hans van Heijningen, 31 Oct 2004

Henk Alting is the webmaster of the site "Het collectieve geheugen van Gieten" (the collective memory of Gieten). In Dutch we have the expression: "Een geheugen als een vergiet" - a memory like a strainer,  used for forgetful persons. Henk's memory is quite OK, though, as he just sent me two huge files with identical Gieten village flags. I've taken some time to regif the Gieten flag from those files - and IMO it looks better now.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Nov 2004

We have the same saying in New-Zealandish, but translate it as sieve, not strainer!
James Dignan, 15 Nov 2004

Take a notice of this website,  a community webpage about Gieten with many up-to-date information about Gieten nowadays.
Luc Schepers, 13 Sep 2006