Welcome to Docking Heritage Group The group was formed in 2007 as part of Norfolk County Council's ARCH (Archiving Rural Community… [read more]
Family connections We can help you research your Docking ancestors. We have transcripts of the following parish registers which are available… [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 extensive photograph collection was begun by the late Tony Arter.… [read more]
2015 sees the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 70th anniversary of VE Day and to mark the occasions why not join us for a 40s dance with music by local band “Timescape”. Saturday 28th March 7pm till 10.30pm.
The venue is “The Birches” former Officers’ Mess on the old WW2 airbase of RAF Bircham Newton. Add to the atmosphere and help us to bring a part of the airbase to life by coming dressed in period costume (optional). We’d like to try and get as many people in RAF outfits as possible to make the venue look like it once did. Entry is by ticket only, £12 each. Fully Licensed bar.
Those of you or any of your family or friends who would like to come but may have to travel some distance, The Birches offers weekend accommodation. Please book with them direct on 0800 2804343 or see http://www.citb.co.uk/the-birches/accommodation-rates/ for more details.
An illustrated talk given by heritage group member John Smith.
John’s talks are always fascinating and informative, please go along and support him.
Please note that due to a clash of dates our November meeting, a talk by John Smith about how animals were used during the First World War, will now take place on Wednesday 19th at 7pm. Our December meeting will be for members only and will be a Christmas get together at the Railway Inn in Docking. Full details of this will be sent to all members.
The first of our community digs took place on Saturday 21st June. The weather was warm and dry which helped add to the enjoyment that everyone who took part experienced, the odd glass of wine may also have had something to do with it as well. Some interesting finds were uncovered and the results of all the test pits have added more to the story of Docking. Our next round of digs takes place on Saturday 2nd August and if anyone is interested in joining in with an archaeological excavation just contact us. Equipment and lunch will be provided.
On May 4th and 5th this year Docking Heritage group held its annual exhibition in the village. It was one of the best attended of our exhibitions so far with around 270 people calling in to see the results of our work. Everyone who attended spent time studying the many fascinating exhibits and meeting up with friends and family. This year we remembered the ‘Docking Boys’ who went to serve in the 1914-18 war. The main displays contained short illustrated biographies of a selection of our Docking boys and maps of where they were fighting . As well as the main display we had photographs of Docking school classes and sports teams and there was a chance to see the log books from the time; parish registers transcripts were also on show to help with family history research. Visitors also had the chance to discover how the first zeppelin raid impacted on Norfolk. Mark Taylor from Time Trippers provided activities for children with arts and crafts and dressing up in period costume, and we had a wonderful display of hand embroidered silk postcards which had been sent from France in WW1 by a husband to his wife who was living in Kings Lynn at the time. Docking Heritage Group has an extensive collection of local photographs, almost 4500; one on-going project is to enlarge them all to A4 size and the first part of the collection which has been printed out was on display during the weekend. It consisted mainly of individuals and family groups and many of our visitors spent time looking through the pictures and recognised a number of familiar faces and village characters. Our visitors were also able to view a display of finds unearthed by the group as part of our community dig project and talk to one of Norfolk’s community archaeologists about these digs. Members of the West Norfolk Metal Detecting Club were on hand to help identify any finds and explain about metal detecting. On Sunday we had a visit from BBC Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest team as we were the holders of one of their clues for that weeks quiz. Later in the afternoon our secretary Helena Aldis did a short telephone interview on the following programme Treasure Quest Extra Time, where she was asked about the exhibition, the heritage group and its activities. Click on the play button below to listen to her interview.
To everyone who helped out and to all our visitors, thank you for making this years exhibition such a success, and if you missed this years event, our 2015 exhibition is already at the planning stage so keep watching this website and our Facebook page for details of it and all of our other events.
A new addition to our website is a mystery picture. It can be found on the Photo Collection page and shows one of the pictures of people from our collection who we don’t have names for. Do you know who they are? These pictures will be changed on a regular basis.