Welcome to Docking Heritage Group The group was formed in 2007 as part of Norfolk County Council's ARCH (Archiving Rural Community History) project.… [read more]
Family connections We can help you research your Docking ancestors. The following transcripts of the parish registers are available to look at in the… [read more]
Mapping the spread of Docking Our aims Through map regression (ie the examination of as many maps from different points in time as possible, starting… [read more]
A PICTORIAL HISTORY Our large photograph collection was begun by the late Tony Arter.… [read more]
Our annual exhibition was held over the Bank Holiday weekend of the 5th and 6th of May and attracted nearly 200 visitors. This year’s theme was the archaeology of Docking. Lots of interesting finds and artefacts were on display which ranged in date from the Neolithic to the modern day. We were all surprised and excited when two trays were brought in containing pottery sherds and flint tools, around half of which were pre-historic and which came from a part of the village which until now has had no finds recorded there. Also on display was a 98 year old christening gown which has been worn by every generation of the same family since 1915, a World War 2 wedding dress made of parachute silk, Family and oral history help desks, a vintage camera collection and old photographs. The exhibition was also used to launch our new DVD “Docking – How we used to live”. We were also joined at the event by representatives from the West Norfolk Metal Detecting Club, FOND (Friends of Norfolk Dialect) and Norfolk Historic Environment Services. Another good exhibition enjoyed by all.
If you enjoyed the last DVD, you’ll be pleased to know that a NEW DVD has now been launched. Titled “Docking – How we used to live” this 50 minute DVD takes a look back at a variety of subjects, including the types of housing available, employment, trades, transport, leisure activities and a whole lot more. Follow this link for more details.
Its time to get your cameras out. 2013 sees the next Tony Arter Challenge photographic competition. For more details click Here
The community dig for 2013 is now being planned. See our community dig page for full details.
We are now the owners of a small marquee 3 x 6 metres which we can use for all outreach events; if you would like to hire it from us for a small fee please contact the secretary or treasurer. There would be a deposit to pay as well as a hire charge.
2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War 1. Our exhibition in that year will include details and stories about the role the village played and of the people from Docking who fought in the war. Can you help us with stories or artifacts from that time. Did your Father or Grandfather take part in the conflict? We know about those who went to war and didn’t return, but we know very little about those who returned after the war and carried on life in Docking. If you can help us in any way, please Contact us.
Black = General & planning meetings; Red = Heritage group events; Blue = Talks; Green = Other events which we will be displaying at.
JUNE 5th; Community dig planning meeting
JUNE 30th (Sunday); Village Walk and quiz.
JULY 3rd; Gressenhall display planning meeting.
AUGUST 18th (Sunday); Garden party, 4pm Meadow Court
AUGUST 25th (Sunday) & 26th (Monday); Gressenhall, Village at war event. (click for link)
SEPTEMBER 4th; General meeting.
SEPTEMBER 28th (Saturday); Docking Hare Fair.
OCTOBER 3rd; A talk by David Jacklin about Docking and Bircham Newton airfields (to be confirmed). Non menbers £2
NOVEMBER 4th (Monday); A talk by John Smith about the 1953 floods. Non members £2.
DECEMBER 7th (Saturday); Christmas slide show, 2pm. Entry £2
2013 Committee Meetings will be held on Saturday July 6th at 2pm and Saturday October 26th at 2pm in the Tony Arter room unless otherwise advertised. If you have an item you would like discussed by the committee please contact the secretary.
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