Shutford flag competition
The name Shutford is derived from Scytta's Ford. This translated as Archers ford
My offering is based on the flag that was the coat of arms of the former Oxfordshire County Council.
The basic field colour is the Oxford blue long associated with Oxford and Oxfordshire.
Against this two broad, white, wavy stripes symbolise the Sor Brooke which I presume was the water where the ford was.
At the lower left and upper right corners, a golden oak tree, wheatsheaf and Shuttle to represent the Shutford's woodland, agriculture and its history of Plush production.
Centre is the Archer about to cross his ford.
Working on the principle with flags 'the simpler the better' and something representative of Shutford.
The patron Saint of Shutford is St Martin. he was known for his acts of charity, famously cutting his cloak in two to share with a poor beggar.
Here is a stylised image of St Martin cutting his cloak of how the image might look on a flag.
St Martin was a soldier, (appropriate to be flown on the pole which is part of the memorial) representing duty, commitment and compassion.
This flag represents the plush industry at the bottom, and the lovely countryside with sheep, and the beacon on Jester's Hill.
An impression of the church view from James Corner - Shutford's most important landscape!
This flag shows the four most significant historic and communal elements of the village - the Five Ways, the George & Dragon, the village hall and the church. The red, white and blue colours are from our national flag.
This flag shows some of the fun things in Shutford and its surrounding countryside - the beacon on Jester's Hill, the Ostrich that was once at Lower End, the Dairyground and the pub.