On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails, and there will be limited access to some of our online systems as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
Union and/or borough/St Edmunds flags will be flown from public buildings from 8am to sunset on the dates shown below. Unless otherwise stated, the Union flag will be flown.
|Wednesday||9 January||Birthday of the Duchess of Cambridge (1982)|
|Sunday||20 January||Birthday of the Countess of Wessex|
|1-28 February||Rainbow Flag - LGB&T History Month|
|Wednesday||6 February||Her Majesty’s Accession (1952)|
|19 February||Birthday of the Duke of York (1960)|
|Sunday||10 March||Birthday of the Earl of Wessex|
Commonwealth Day (2nd Monday in March)
|Sunday||21 April||Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen (1926)|
|Tuesday||23 April||St George’s Day (Cross of St George)|
|Friday||17 May||International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)|
|Sunday||2 June||Coronation Day|
|Sunday||9 June||Official Celebration of Queen’s Birthday|
|Monday||10 June||Birthday of the Duke of Edinburgh|
|Friday||21 June||Birthday of the Duke of Cambridge (1982)|
|Monday||24 June||Armed Forces Day Flag raising on Angel Hill at 10.30am until end of day Saturday 29 June|
Armed Forces Day (Flag up from Monday for the week to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June
|Wednesday||17 July||Birthday of the Duchess of Cornwall|
|Thursday||15 August||Birthday of the Princess Royal|
|Tuesday||3 September||Merchant Navy Day (Red Ensign flag)|
|Sunday||15 September||Battle of Britain Day and Commemoration Sunday|
|Sunday||7 October||Harvest Festival|
|Saturday||9 November||Remembrance Service, Rose Garden, Abbey Gardens|
|10 November||Remembrance Sunday (nearest Sunday to 11 November)
10.30am Service at War Memorial, Angel Hill.
11.30am Services and parades, Bury St Edmunds
|Monday||11 November||Remembrance Day|
|Thursday||14 November||Birthday of the Prince of Wales (1948)|
|Wednesday||20 November||St Edmunds Day (St Edmunds Flag)|
Her Majesty’s Wedding Day (1947)
|Wednesday||20 November||Transgender Remembrance Day|
Where a building has more than one flag pole, the Cross of St George may be flown in addition to the Union Flag, but not in a superior position.
Flags should be flown at full mast all day.
The flying of flags on other occasions and in positions other than 'full mast', and the buildings from which they are flown, will be notified by the Chief Executive.
A flag to be flown at half-mast will be hoisted close up and then lowered to half-mast. At sunset the flag will be hoisted to close up and then lowered. The correct position for half-mast is for the flag to be flown two thirds up between the top and bottom of the flag pole.