Newlands Tartan
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The Crest

How the crest came to be ...

When the band first formed we were missing an identity. Not long there after the name came to be of the Cedar Hills Caledonian Pipe Band. We then needed an crest to be able to have others recognize us and a contest was created.

We opened this to the world through the internet to have a design created. We received many great submissions including ones from members of the band as well. However it was a local community member, Tom McIntosh that came up with the winning design.

The original crest was a flat image design and contained almost all the elements that you see in the current crest, the only thing being added in June of 2010 was the two maple leafs, Surrey, BC and Canada. When we aquired a new bass drum we had the depth and polish that you see now added to the crest to make it complete.

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The Meaning

Starting in the center ...

The center is broken into four sectors each have an image representing an aspect of the band.

Starting in the top right sector ... The Saltire, the flag of Scotland also known as the St. Andrews Cross reminding us of our connection to Scotland. St Andrew was one of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, and it is believed that he too was crucified. The story goes that the Romans were threatened by Andrew, as they said he was spreading wrong ideas among the people, so they decided to crucify him. Andrew apparently did not feel he was good enough for that so asked for a different cross than Jesus. The cross was in the shape of an X which became the shape on the flag. It is believed that Andrew was buried in Patrae in Greece and the story is told that 400 years after his death the Emperor Constantine decided that this little part of Greece was not a suitable place for the �bones� of such a great saint. So St Andrew�s remains were to be taken to the capital Constantinople, the greatest city in the world at that time. The keeper of St Andrew's remains apparently had a dream and followed the instructions in the dream travelled eventually to Caledonia (or Scotland) where they are said to have buried St Andrew beneath the alter in the newly established church. The simple church building was eventually replaced with an awesome cathedral, the St Rule�s Tower which is now beside the ruined cathedral in St Andrews. Of course, the fact that the great apostle laid buried in Fife, was a great source of pride for ancient Scots. The legend goes on to say how when the Picts were fighting the Anglo-Saxons, King Angus had a dream on the eve of a battle that St Andrew appeared to him carrying his cross. Others say that a 'saltire cross' appeared in the sky. The king vowed that if, with the saint's help, he gained the victory, then Andrew would thereafter be the patron saint of Scotland and his cross the flag of Scotland. Angus did win and the Saltire duly became the national flag, and St Andrew at that point became the patron saint, protecting the Scots.

Moving to the bottom right sector ... The Lion Rampant This is the Lion of Scotland which has a gold background with a lion standing on its hind legs. This was a flag that was used when the Monarch was around. At one time it was an offence for this flag to be flown anywhere, other than for Royalty. The "Lion" represents strength and nobility and therefore this is seen a suitable symbol for our Royalty and something to which we aspire.

Moving to the bottom left sector ... The Clan Newlands Tartan Worn as the tartan of choice by the pipe band is was selected to honor Colin Newlands, a strong piper in the community until his untimely death in 1996, and for Garth Newlands founding member of the pipe band who has servered as Pipe Major since our inception. Premission to wear the tartan was received from William Newlands of Lauriston, one of the Clan Chiefs in Scotland.

Moving to the top left sector ... British Columbia Provincial flag The province in which the band can be found, the four wavy white and three wavy blue lines symbolize the province's location between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. The setting sun represents the fact that British Columbia is Canada's westernmost province. The sun may also reflect the provincial motto "Splendor sine occasu" (beauty that never diminishes) -- or, in other words, the sun that never sets (on the British Empire). In Canada, it could be argued, the Empire lives on in the country's symbols and parliamentary institutions. The Union Flag on top reflects the province's British heritage, while the King Edward crown in the centre represents the Canadian Royal Family.

The Name ... Cedar Hills Caledonian Cedar Hills is the local community neighbourhood within the City of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in which the band can be found. Caledonian, is a geographical term used to refer to places, species, or items in or from Scotland, or particularly the Scottish Highlands.

Flanked Maple Leafs ... Maple Leafs The one chosen is a generic maple leaf representing the ten species of maple tree native to Canada, at least one of these species grows natively in every province. Recognized the world over as a Canadian symbol, it immediately identifies us as being a prowd Canadian pipe band.





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