In May 2010 the Jack's Patch was opened to the public.
The site was
developed by a small village steering group (with support from the Parish
Council), which set out to install the village's first outdoor play
facilities for the children of Norton.
The land set
aside for project is named in memory of Jack Yates who owned the land and
was a Parish Councillor for 60 years.
group already had at its disposal £7,400 which was raised in the village
by Bill Weatherall. He worked tirelessly to raise money to purchase play
equipment for the children of the village in the late 1990's. Sadly he is no
longer with us, but bench on the Patch has been dedicated to his memory.
the Steering Group raised £800 from a well supported Christmas Hamper
Draw at the end of 2009. This was match funded by Barclaycard.
In early 2010
the Group also secured two grants. Awards for all contributed £2,200 and
Daventry & District Housing Association gave £10,000 which ensured the
viability of the project.
period of consultation with the children and residents of the village it was
decided that we would install a play tower, swings and a variety of play
panels for the children along with a relaxing seating area for parents and
older residents to enjoy.
equipment and complementary landscaping was installed in April 2010 by
Admiral Play of Chapel Brampton with the total costs reaching almost
(situated at the end of Goulden's View) has a great panoramic view across
open fields to the South and East of Norton and this makes a great place to
play and to picnic.
The Patch is
now managed by Norton Parish Council with ongoing support from the Steering
We hope that
the children and residents of the village will enjoy the Patch for many
years to come.
Jack's Patch Steering Group / Norton Parish Council