Church Mead Recreation Ground is an iconic green space at the heart of Norton St Philip. It is owned by the Parish Council and managed by the Church Mead Committee. The Committee are responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Mead, the playground and the Pavilion. All the funding is raised within the parish, through fund raising activities and a grant from the parish council.
Funds are raised through the 100+ Club, Bonfire night and the village fete. No funding is received from Mendip District Council or any other non-parish source.
The Parish Council purchased Church Mead in 1973 for £1800 from the then owner of Church Cottage, Mr Michael Dickinson. At the same time, a Charitable Trust was set up to hold the Mead “for the purposes of an open space amenity area and a recreation ground for the use of the inhabitants of the parish of Norton Saint Philip without distinction of political religious or other opinions including use for recreation sport and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants”
The Parish Council became the Custodian Trustee. A managing Committee was established and the managing Trustees are the Chair, Treasurer and Secretary of the Committee. The Committee consists of members representing various groups in the Parish including the womens group, the cricket club and the PC. Currently there are 10 committee members.
Regular committee meetings are held together with a public AGM.