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[Dordon Parish Council Flag] image by Pete Loeser, 12 May 2021
This flag is presently in use at the Dordon Village Hall.

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Introduction: Dordon Village and Parish

Dordon Village is a civil parish located in the North Warwickshire, a district of the larger Warwickshire. Locally it is governed by the Dordon Parish Council, although some services are provided by the larger North Warwickshire Borough Council. Dordon Parish had a small but thriving farming economy before the Roman Period dating back to the Iron Age. During Roman times an important Roman road, today known simply as Watling Street since its original Latin name has been lost, passed through the parish and there still remains evidence of early Roman coal mining in the area today.
During Anglo-Saxon times the area continued to develop and thanks to Sir William Dugdale, who published his Antiquities of Warwickshire in 1656, we have a clear picture of the early medieval settlements of the Parish of Dordon. His book provides a list of all the settlements and hamlets then within the Parish of Polesworth. Polesworth is a larger nearby village and civil parish, also in the North Warwickshire district of Warwickshire. An excellently detailed Look Back at Dordon's History can be found on the Dordon Parish Council website.
In the following centuries, the village of Dordon itself would for the most part remained small and fairly quiet, once described as little more than a row of buildings along Watlings Street. The present parish was actually made up of two villages, the hamlets of Hall End and Dordon, and had two Medieval manors, and an Elizabethan Hall at one time. In more recent times a Blue Bricks and Tile Works provided a boost to the local economy, and remains of the worker's barracks can still be seen. Because there had been notable growth, both in the size and population of the village, especially in the 1920s Dordon would became a civil parish in its own right in 1948.
The present parish was made up of the two ancient hamlets of Hall End and Dordon and has the remains of two Medieval manors and an Elizabethan Hall in the parish. The community has two primary schools and a high school, a historic parish Church of England named the Saint Leonard Church (built in 1868), and a Congregational church named Dordon Congregational Church (built in 1908). Today a war memorial exists in Dordon dedicated those who served in both World Wars, and in 2019, a heritage trail covering the central part of the village was made possible by a grant from North Warwickshire Borough Council, and visitors can now enjoy its rich and colorful history in a village walking tour. (Download or read "The Dordon Heritage Trail" as a pdf file here)
In 2021, a special bench and plaque were added on the Dordon green opposite the war memorial in the village in remembrance of one particularly bad World War II bombing raid. In June of 1941, the German Luftwaffe, on its way back from one of its nightly bombing raids on the cities of Birmingham and Coventry jettisoned bombs across North Warwickshire including Dordon, killing 8 people, including 3 children.
Pete Loeser. 17 January 2022

Flag Design Contest 2010

[Proposed Dordon Parish Council Flag] image located by Valentin Poposki, 7 April 2010

The Dordon Parish Council sponsored a flag contest in April of 2010. From the story appearing in the local newspaper:

"Many thanks to all the children who took part in the competition, we received over 50 entries! On April 4th, MP Mike O'Brien came to Dordon Village Hall along with members of the Parish Council and judged the entries.
First Prize is a £15 WH Smiths voucher and the flag to be created and flown on the Village Hall's flag pole.
There will be an award ceremony to be held at the Village Hall on a date to be announced once the flag has been created."
The source of this information was once located on the Dordon Parish Council website, but is no longer there.
Valentin Poposki, 7 April 2010

[Proposed Dordon Parish Council Flag] image by Pete Loeser, 17 June 2021

Unfortunately, with staff changes in the parish and local newspaper, this contest seems to have been forgotten and no actual flag was ever made or flown.
I did received this response to a message of inquiry to the Parish Council:

Although there was a competition for a flag, to my knowledge it was never adopted as a logo or flag for the village, which is a pity. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.
Cllr Beverley Garratt, 14 June 2021

It is also unfortunate that the name of the young student who won the design contest was misplaced or not recorded. (I assume the prize money was awarded)
Perhaps this will generate new interest. It would be nice to see an actual flag generated from this.
I made this rather speculative drawing of what it might have looked like if made. I think it has an unique use of the letter "D" as the shield. The bottom element in the "D" appeared to be some kind of acorn in the drawing, so I used it as a model.
Pete Loeser, 17 June 2021

You asked who the individual who designed the flag for Dordon in the parish council competition and it was me. I did not see the flag that was made due to bad weather on the day I was awarded for it, however I still have a photo of the prize presentation and a photo of the awards being given by the mp.
I also remember the flag flying outside Dordon memorial hall for a while after the awards where given. I haven't seen it for years though, so don't know where it's gone.
I was in year 6, the last year of primary school and 11 years old. I don't know the reason behind my design as I was young but remember learning the history of the surrounding area which contributed to the design.
Rebecca Lea, 5 June 2022

Part of the mystery solved. Perhaps sombody will discover the actual flag stored somewhere in the Dordon Memorial Hall and we can make a more acurate drawing of Rebecca's 2010 flag.
Pete Loeser, 9 June 2022

Dordon Parish Council Logo

[Dordon Parish Council Logo/Shield] image located by Pete Loeser, 12 May 2021

This is the Dordon Parish Council Logo currently being used on their website. It has drawings that appear to represent the Dordon Parish Church, mining equipment, and a hay stack on it. As far as can determine it is being also used on a white field as their flag.
Source: Dordon Parish Council Website
Pete Loeser, 12 May 2021