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SAN Remo’s Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday
Appeal has raised the amazing sum of $25,175; more
than double the town’s best ever result.
“Needless to say, we are ecstatic,” said co-ordinator
Graham Taylor, who managed the San Remo appeal,
as he thanked the 57 unpaid volunteers who worked
hard throughout the day to achieve this record break-
CFA members were assisted behind the truck by lots
of local kids and adults as well, rattling and filling tins.
The San Remo tally included $9,362.65 from the San
Remo Hotel’s Walk for Kids; $1908.35 from the San
Remo Bakehouse’s Trivia Night; $2050 from the Easter
Raffle; and $11,854 of individual donations from the
San Remo, Newhaven, Cape Woolamai, Surf Beach, and
Sunderland Bay communities.
Graham has thanked San Remo IGA and the San
Remo Fishermen’s co -operative for their donation of
food and drinks for all of the helpers; and the. Phillip
Island Chocolate Factory, Cadbury, and The Chocolati-
er for their donations of Easter hampers.
San Remo raises
a record $25,175
John with the flag pole, hoisted with the Ferrari
flag to celebrate the recent Formula One Grand Prix.
Flying the flag for Cowes
A DAILY walk past John and
Priscilla Stott’s Cowes home has
become a form of entertainment
for local residents.
While the period home and
rambling garden are worthy of a
sticky beak, it’s the flag pole that
has locals talking.
On any particular day, accord-
ing to John’s mood, or whether
there’s a specific public event be-
ing held, up the pole will be flut-
tering one of more than 50 in the
Most recently, in commemora-
tion of the Formula One Grand
Prix, a Ferrari flag was hoisted.
For St Patrick’s Day it was the
Irish flag, July 4 is the US flag,
and if the New Zealanders are
doing well in a particular sport,
the Kiwi flag will fly (Priscilla also
grew up in New Zealand).
And sometimes John just likes
to test people’s knowledge.
“There’s one that looks like the
Australian flag, it has a Union
Jack but its coat of arms features
a ram,” John says, adding that
the unusual flag is from the Falk-
Having grown up in the UK, his
favourite is the Welsh flag, which
features a red dragon on a green
and white field, while the most
curious is the Isle of Man, which
features a triskelion, composed of
three armoured legs with golden
spurs, upon a red background.
John, a retired financial plan-
ner, has holidayed on the island
all his life but moved to live here
in 2006, buying the historic Char-
madene cottage on Osborne Av-
enue in 2008, which is currently
under contract for sale.
The flag pole was previously
owned by the Uniting Church,
but was vandalised and not in
use when John bought it in 2010
and he has ever since expanded
Most of the Australian state
and territory flags have been
sourced from Carrara market in
Queensland, which has a shop
dedicated to flags.
But about 60 per cent of his
flags have been bought on over-
Trips to France saw him add the
city of Niece and Brittany flags to
his collection, as well as Monaco.
There’s the national flag of Laos
(where his son currently lives)
and also one from Cambodia.
Not all flags are from countries.
He owns a Buddhist ensign, a
US Confederate banner, and oth-
ers are from Geelong Football
Club (likely to get a run up this
week), Manchester United Foot-
ball Club, a chequered one used
in sporting events - and of course
John also has the Eureka flag
but it doesn’t get a big airing.
“I’m not in agreement with it.
I’m a royalist but I do fly it any-
way. I just don’t put it out on Aus-
In the same vein he doesn’t be-
lieve the Australian flag should be
changed: “The southern cross is
perfect. Our heritage is through
the old country and I have no wish
to leave the Commonwealth.”
John admits his collection
could number in the thousands
and says he only buys flag that
are interesting in design, and
“what my wallet determines I can
While he aims to change them
daily, he sometimes forgets and
won’t put one out if it’s particular-
ly stormy as they end in shreds.
Flags are not the Stotts only in-
terest. John and Priscilla are also
members of the Wool Shed Spin-
ners, the Phillip Island Patch-
workers, the Probus Club, while
John is a supervisor at the RSL
men’s shed in woodwork, and
Priscilla is a member of a book
club and cryptic crossword gath-
Even though the Stotts will be
moving house later in the year,
John is confident he’ll take his
flag collection – along with a new
aluminium flag pole – to a new is-
think flags are important.
They are signs of patriotism and
tell a lot about a history and a
John Stott with his favourite flag, one of 50 in his collection, the Welsh flag.
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