Church of England Diocese of Peterborough Hinton-in-the-Hedges with Steane

Norris Playing Field Association, Hinton-in-the-Hedges

On the 22nd January 1979, James Frederick Norris of Steane, purchased one of the Glebe fields and generously donated the land, for the specific use of villagers, and in particular, for the recreation of children who resided in Hinton-in-the-Hedges and Steane. A conveyance to this effect was drawn up and the land entitled "The Norris Playing Field Association". This was to be administered by the "˜Trustees' nominated in 1979. The original trustees were: John Walter Harrison; Christopher Peel-Yates; Mervyn Loggin (all Hinton residents) and the Reverend Michael Berry from Farthinghoe, Vicar at "˜The Most Holy Trinity Church, Hinton in the Hedges' at that time.

The original trustees, named above, applied to the Charity Commissioners (England and Wales), for Charitable Status. This was received and registered as NORRIS PLAYING FIELD ASSOCIATION – Charity Number 278402. Thereby, the management of the Norris Playing Field, would be served by the existing trustees or passed to newly elected trustees at subsequent Annual General Meetings. The first Annual General Meeting was held in November 1979. A stipulation of the conveyance, is that there should be a maximum of nine elected committee members (or trustees) and no fewer than five committee members present to hold a meeting.

Over the years, through events held in the village and support from residents and their families, the committee are able to continue maintaining and improving the facilities. Events like fetes, children's sports days and carol singing bring the community together and raise funds and a bi-annual 100 club draws, help us to cover regular expenses, for example, insurances and servicing.