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Boerakker and Lucaswolde (The Netherlands)

Marum municipality, Groningen province

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[Boerakker and Lucaswolde villageflag] image by Stefan Lambregts, 13 May 2009

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Boerakker and Lucaswolde villages

Boerakker and Lucaswolde are two villages (technically: hamlets) in the north of the municipality of Marum, Groningen province.
From this webpage:
"The new village flag for Boerakker and Lucaswolde isn't yet a week old but sells like sweetcakes. "I've sold half of 'em", Dirkje Visser of Village Interests Boerakker/Lucaswolde said. Together with Jacques Drenth en Jan Helder she worked hard to get a good design, and they think they've got a good result. The flag shows among others a bull with a halo around its head. "The winged bull is the emblem of Saint Luke, who gave his name to a monk, who settled here in the Kuzemerklooster. Hence the name Lucoswolde (Luke's wood)".
The flag can be bought for 15 Euros.
The Kuzemerklooster or Cuzemer Monastery was a Nunnery in the municipality of Oldekerk, due north of Marum (and Lucaswolde and the rest) of the Premonstratensers, founded by Herdericus in the 13th century, who was Provost of Berethe, an old village which drowned in the Dollard. At high tide on 27 December 1287 60 virgins are said to have drowned in this nunnery.
The learned canon Sibrandus Leo fled in the time of iconoclasm from the Lidlumer monastery to here, and died peacefully in 1588. A few years later the monastery was sold to be demolished. A few remains can still be seen.
The seal of this monastery is still kept in archivs of the city of Groningen, and shows St. Mary with child Jesus; in chief an abbot, in his right hand a crozier, in his left a haloed book. In base a praying, kneeled holy man. On both sides an angel, winged with a barrel of incense. Legend: S: (Sigillum) Sce: (Sancte) Marie in Cusemere (seal of St. Mary in Cuzemer)
Source: A.J. van der Aa, Aardrijkskundig Woordenboek der Nederlanden, 1841
Other source: this webpage.
Stefan Lambregts, 13 May 2009