The Old Catton Society was founded in 1984 following the designation of a Conservation Area for Catton Park and the historic village centre.
As a member of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and as an affiliate of the Norfolk Society, the Old Catton Society aims to secure the preservation and protection of the village environment, especially through the monitoring of planning applications.
We also support the upkeep of the village by drawing the attention of the Parish Council to areas needing attention. From time to time we will also finance a small project, of which one example is the provision of a bench seat in Catton Park. Most recently we have designed and installed an information board in Church Street with details of the history of the oldest buildings in the village centre.
With an enthusiastic membership currently standing at almost 100 members we have a programme of eleven monthly meetings a year with a variety of speakers, and outings of historical interest.
In 1994 the Society purchased, and now maintains, the small garden and pond at Parkside Drive which originally formed part of the landscaped garden of Catton Hall.
Over the past twenty years we have gathered an extensive archive of village history, gaining much information which has enabled us to publish two books on aspects of the history of the village.
These publications, along with an earlier history of the village by founder member Mary Manning, can be purchased from the Society.