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Uffelte (The Netherlands)

Westerveld municipality, Drenthe province

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[Uffelte village flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 23 Apr 2009
adopted early 2008; design: Jan and Alja Mulderij See also:

Uffelte village

Uffelte (1477 inh.) is a village in Westerveld municipality, SW Drenthe province. Recently (start of 2008) it adopted a flag, designed by Jan and Alja Mulderij: white with two opposing wavy horizontal stripes of red and green, each of c. 1/4 flagheight; in center a yellow cornsheaf.
- white and red are the traditional Saxon colors;
- white and red are the colors of the Bishopric of Utrecht; Uffelte was part of that Bishopric when it was founded (first mentioned in 1040)
The name Uffelte is also found in Germany, and most probably means "Up Helte" (saxon): on the forested hill, the settelment which was founded high and dry, an "es"-village. (an "es" is a small mound).
The bottomstripe is green, in the form of a hill.
The two bars divide the field in four parts, the four natural areas around Uffelte (Uffelter zand, the Ooster- and Westerzand, Holtinge, Rheebruggen): in center is the village Uffelte.
The sheaf symbolizes the fertile soil, blessed by the (yellow) sun.
Source: village website.
Uffelte used to be part of Havelte municipality, until that merged into Westerveld on 1 January 1998. The village is in the center of shifting sands and forests. Northwest of it are the Wester- and Oosterzand; West the Uffelterzand and the Holtingerzand (with the sheepherd of 250 sheep, started in 1986), East the Manor Rheebruggen and Southwest the Uffelter Binnenveld. In between meadows with cows, sheep, horses and the occasional deer. One can also get to the village by the Drenthsche Hoofdvaart (canal), and on the journey one can angle (mostly shoes and wellies).
Jarig Bakker, 23 Apr 2009