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Jack's Patch Community Space

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.

The steering 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.

In addition 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.

After a 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.

The play equipment and complementary landscaping was installed in April 2010 by Admiral Play of Chapel Brampton with the total costs reaching almost 25,000.

Jack's Patch (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 Group.

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