Buckden flag competition Grafham 50th

Buckden Primary School children were set a royally important task last week; to design a brand new flag to fly at Grafham Water to celebrate the reservoir’s 50th anniversary and forthcoming visit from the Duke of Edinburgh. 

Buckden Primary School children were set an important task last week; to design a brand new flag to fly at Grafham Water to celebrate the reservoir’s 50th anniversary and forthcoming visit from The Duke of Edinburgh. 

The flag will be raised by the Duke during a special anniversary ceremony on the 25 May and take pride of place at the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge over the summer while a series of celebratory events take place with the local community and visitors to the water park.

All of Buckden’s year four students, aged eight and nine, took part in the competition. The winning design, judged by Anglian Water employees, will be made into a full size flag for the anniversary ceremony later this month.

Marcia Davies, Anglian Water’s education team manager, said: “The students have produced some excellent, imaginative designs and it’s going to be tough for our employee judges to pick a winner.

“The pupils have focussed on why Grafham Water is special to them, be that the water, the wildlife or all the fun activities on offer.”

Share your memories
Anglian Water, which owns the 59billion litre reservoir, is encouraging local people to share their memories, stories and images of Grafham Water for a display at the reservoir. A winning photo will be selected by judges to be included in a new time capsule. The capsule will be planted at the reservoir to commemorate the 50 years.

The anniversary is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the role Grafham Water has played in the local community as a hub for recreation activities, for wildlife with its nationally important nature reserve and as a Special Site of Scientific Interest, and crucially as a vital part of the East of England’s water infrastructure, creating hundreds of jobs and training opportunities for people living and working in this area.

Grafham Water reservoir was formally opened by the Duke of Edinburgh back in 1966 having been built to supply water to what was then a the brand new town of Milton Keynes, and the growing population throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It remains the third largest reservoir in the Anglian Water region.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the Duke of Edinburgh will officially open Anglian Water's brand new, £26million storage reservoir at the company's Water Treatment Works near Perry. Holding 40million litres of treated water, the storage reservoir will ensure resilient, secure water supplies to over a million homes and businesses in Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes for decades to come.