Chairman’s engagements: Raising of the Commonwealth Flag

09 March 2018


Nottinghamshire County Council will join communities and organisations from around the globe in raising the Commonwealth Flag at 10am on Monday (12 March) to mark Commonwealth Day.

Children from Brinsley Primary School will join Councillor John Handley, Chairman of the County Council and The Deputy Lieutenant, Jenny Saint DL for the ceremony at County Hall, West Bridgford.

The children will perform ‘Hold Back The River’ before the reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation and a special message from the Commonwealth Secretary General, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC.

More than 850 Commonwealth Flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries at 10am on the day. The time difference between Commonwealth nations means that the first flags will be raised in Tonga.

The Commonwealth Affirmation, to be read by Coun Handley, is as follows: “Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world.

“We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation, locally, nationally and internationally.”

Once the flag has been raised, guests will be invited to the Civic Suite for refreshments where the children from Brinsley Primary School will sing ‘How Far I’ll Go’.

Read the Message from the Rt Hon Patricia Sutherland QC about the significance of the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth on Commonwealth Day.PDF

Elsewhere in the Chairman’s diary of engagements is afternoon tea with Nottinghamshire Hospice volunteers taking place in the Civic Suite at County Hall, on Monday afternoon. The hospice is the Chairman’s charity for his year in office.

On Thursday evening next week, the Chairman will attend OSCARS – Nottinghamshire Healthcare Awards evening at the East Midlands Conference Centre. And on Saturday morning next week at 10.15am, the Chairman and Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place Committee, will attend the reopening of Ruddington Library.


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