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Sirjansland (The Netherlands)

Schouwen-Duiveland municipality, Zeeland province

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[Sirjansland flag] by Stefan Lambrechts of Shipmate:
adopted c. 2001

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Sirjansland village

Sirjansland is a village in the municipality of Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland province.
Stefan Lambrechts of Shipmate just found an article in the Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant of 22 Oct 2001:

Villageflag of Sirjansland. - by Andrea Bolle
Sirjansland developed its own villageflag. The cloth is based on the old municipal arms of Sirjansland (until 1815). Twentytwo flags have been sold so far to villagers.
The top is derived from the arms of Dreischor (a former municipality and neighbouring village): three sheep in a row hacing the hoist against a red background.
Two-thirds of the flag represent the old arms of Duiveland, where the black and white stripes (chevrons) are depicted.
Together this is the Coat of Arms of the old municipality of Sirjansland, abolished in 1815.
The village-council of Sirjansland conceived three months ago the idea to revive the old villageflag. Accordin to G. Oele, member of the village council and head-teacher, the council dived into the municipal archives, and asked for offers. The villagers were kept up-to-date by flyers, and some were so enthusiastic that they ordered a flag immediately. There are about hundred families, so c. 20 % got a flag now. When others see them wappering the animo will even be greater...
Some Sirjanslanders show the flag only on special occasions, like Koninginnedag (Queen's birthday). Others preferred to show it all the time, like the villageschool, where it permanently shows the wind the direction in which to blow. It is meant as a symbolic sign of togetherness among the Sirjanslanders. Hopefully it can be shown on Thursday when Maximá is coming...
Sirjansland is not the only village (in Schouwen-Duiveland) with its own flag. Serooskerke and Burgh do also have a villageflag (not to be confused with the banners of arms of the six former municipalities on Schouwen-Duiveland).
Jarig Bakker, 30 Jun 2004

In my opinion the flag is wrong. The sheep should be all white, like I have seen on the arms of Dreischor and Sirjansland.
The description should be: Divided: in bottom two vertical stripes of black and white with three black cones; in top a red stripe of c. 1/4 flagheight with three white sheep, each standing on a geen muddy flat.
Hans van Heijningen, 1 Jul 2004

I received an email from the elementary school of Sirjansland with the village coat of arms, in which the sheep all contain spots of (probably unintentional) black. So we'll have to accept the image as made by Stefan.
Hans van Heijningen, 13 Apr 2005

Sirjansland village Coat of Arms

[Sirjansland village Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 13 Apr 2005, after image sent by the Sirjansland elementary school.

Sirjansland former municipal Coat of Arms

[Sirjansland Coat of Arms] from Ralf Hartemink's site.
granted 1817

The Coat of Arms of Sirjansland is on the municipal site of Schouwen-Duiveland. Sirjansland is the smallest village of the former island of Duiveland. Originally this was part of the polder Dreischor. By the big flood of 1288 part of the polder was lost and made way for the Dijkwater. In 1305 part of the lost territory was regained. Because this was part of Dreischor it was first named Nieuw- or Klein-Dreischor. Another name became more popular. The dikes were ordered by Jan van Beaumont, and after him the polder was renamed ‘s-Heer Jansland (land of Lord Jan), later shortened to Sirjansland. Jan van Beaumont (1288-1356) was one of the most powerful knights of his time, reknowned for his wealth, some of which undoubtedly spent in Sirjansland. Originally here was a part of Dreischor, which explains the presence in chief of three sheep on three muddy flats. The arms occur too with a golden chief without figures and the second sheep turned. The arms were confirmed in 1817 by the High Council of Nobility, but the municipality had been dissolved already on 1 Jan 1816.
The arms, on which the villageflag was based, can be found in "Smallegange, M. : Nieuwe Cronijk van Zeeland, deel 1. Middelburg, 1696".
Jarig Bakker, 30 Jun 2004