Work to the Brixworth Road cemetery to convert it to a Pocket Park, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The cemetery came into use in 1905 after the main Churchyard was closed for burials in 1903 (no information available on what happened between times). The village wanted to buy the house and land of Threeways and extend the main churchyard to the east, but were over-ruled by the (?four man) Parish Council. The village argued that burials in the Brixworth Road location would affect the drinking water in Backstone Brook, whilst the Parish Council argued that the Threeways site would impact on nearby wells
With the Pocket Park project nearing completion, thanks were given to Rose Little, Pocket Park Officer at Northamptonshire County Council who was leaving to have a baby (far right), Dave Cooke, project manager (second from right). With then are Lynne Compton, clerk to the Parish Council and John Hunt
Formal opening of the Pocket Park. Originally the parish cemetery, opened in 1905 after the Churchyard was closed in 1903, this was also closed in the 1950s, other than for pre-purchased plots. In 2004, Dave Cooke, introducing wild flowers, with now over 80 species. The Parish Council obtained a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for £10,000 and used its own reserves to carry out extensive refurbishment of the lychgate, wall, railings and the path, turning the area into a Pocket Park.
The official opening took place on June 14, when Susie Pasley-Tyler of Coton Manor formally opened the Park. About 50 residents came to the opening as did Chris Heaton-Harris, local MP, and a representative of HLF. John Hunt talked about the history of the area. The Primary School undertook a three-part project in advance of the opening. Pupils prepared an opening speech, this being won by Molly; took a photograph, won by Joshua; and prepared a collage, won by Hayden
Jay Tindale, John Hunt and Michael Heaton fix the ribbon to be cut at the opening.