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Gaasterland (The Netherlands)

Gaasterlân-Sleat municipality, Fryslân province

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adopted 1963

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Gaasterland [former municipality]

The flag of Gaasterland was adopted in 1963; it was replaced 6 May 1985 with the new flag of Gaasterlân-Sleat. Municipal seat of Gaasterland: Balk (not to be confused with Balkh in Bactria). Not long ago Gaasterland was covered with heather, where a lot of hares could be seen.
Jarig Bakker, 8 October 1999

Balk village

[Balk villageflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 18 August 2003

Balk is a sleepy little village, and seat of Gaasterlân-Sleat - the river Luts is one of my favorites, when, while sailing on the Frisian lakes, the wind is too strong, you take a long loop through some canals and the Luts, passing along "Kippenburg", a pub where you have to serve yourself. But beware of the fierce flow of the Luts: it is said that in the wild old days the water reached speeds of two meters per hour!
Coat of Arms: in gold a green wavy pale, over which a red shortened fess charged with a golden six-pointed star; in gold with four green stemmed linden-leaves 2-2; in chief a "vlecke-kroon" (townlet-crown) of gold, joined red, with three red lozengy stones and two green oval stones and on the bandeau a wreath fastened of three leaves and two pearls.
Flag: a red hoist with a length of 1/3 flaglength with in the center a yellow six-pointed star, the fly of three equally wide horizontal stripes yellow - green - yellow with in the top towards the hoist a green stemmed lindenleaf. []
The green pale is the river Luts, which streams through this "vlecke", formerly seat of the "grietenij" Gaasterland, over which the local red bridge (is "balk), charged with the golden leading star, symbolizing the "grietenijhuis" (former municipal council-house). the color red of the red hare from the municipal arms before the golden corn-plant. The four lindenleaves refer to the ancient linden-hedge along the quay of the Luts, which was described in the poem of the Dutch auther Gorter "Mei" - May, in which this townlet is described.
Balkh is one the the known Frisian "vlekken" (townlets), and is entitled to a "vlekken-kroon".
Design: R.J. Broersma, member of the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk
Sources: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1989.
Vexilla Nostra jg. 23 (nr. 159) pp. 107-108.
Jarig Bakker, 18 August 2003

I am sorry to nitpick, but it is a known fact that people in the ancient times tended to exaggerate the specific characters of their villages. A more conservative estimate of the Luts flow speed would be two meters per day, except on those very windy days preventing sailing on the lakes.
[A Swiss citizen was recently sued by animal welfare activists in Bern after having crushed a snail. His defendor answered the snail had been continuously following her client for more than three hours.]
Festina lente.
Ivan Sache, 22 August 2003

Wyckel village

[Wyckel villageflag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 23 December 2023

Wyckel (municipality of Gaasterlân-Sleat), Fryslân,
Coat of Arms: in gold a red kestrel taking off, in top with two open roses of the same, a green base charged with a horn of silver
Flag: two equally wide horizontal stripes yellow - green, with in the top stripe a red kestrel towards the hoist, and in the lower stripe towards the hoist a white horn.
The kestrel is in the Frisian language a "reade wikel" is canting for the village-name. It occurs also on the arms of the van Wyckel family. The roses are derived from the Coat of Arms of the van Wyckel family - they had two "stinsen" here, hence the number of 2 roses. The horn in de base is derived from the arms of Menno van Coehoorn, who was buried in Wyckel. Van Coehoorn (1641-1704) was one of the greatest military experts of his time, and was mainly responsible for the fortification of cities and castles in the Netherlands.
The shield's colors (yellow and green) are from the Gaasterland Coat of Arms, representing sandy soils and the meadows of the lower polder-areas.
The flag is derived from the Coat of Arms and is self-evident.
Design: R.J.Broersma, member of the Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 1989.
Vexilla Nostra jrg. 23, 158, p. 108.
Jarig Bakker, 18 Augist 2003