We are delighted that the Heritage Group has been given permission by the vicar, Peter Cook, to display our Docking Workhouse exhibition in the church of St. Mary the Virgin at Docking. The exhibition will open on Friday July 16th and will be available during church opening hours over the summer. Members of the Heritage Group will be on hand to answer your questions each Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm. Do come along and find out the history of the old workhouse at Burntstalks.
Docking Heritage Walks: The Group is producing leaflets to point out the many interesting features of the village. The first one, a walk round the North and West of the village, is available free from various outlets in the village, but can also be downloaded from this website. Read about the project here.
An interesting acquisition – Mike Walsh has very kindly given the Group the beautifully restored Docking Division Register of Charges covering a two-year period in the 1880s. The charges are mostly not too serious – being drunk and poaching for example – and those charged come from a wide area around Docking. It will be available for study on application, or we can look up entries on request.
Save the date – we have provisionally scheduled the postponed Rock ‘n’ Roll dance for Saturday October 30th in the Ripper Hall. We’ll be having the same band, who have rebranded themselves and are now called 59 Cadillac. Tickets purchased for the original dance last year will still be valid – more details to follow.
The Priory – do go to the Village History web page to find a link to some very interesting research which a historian has been doing into the mystery of Docking Priory.
SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) held a live-streamed conference to mark their 25th anniversary on Saturday November 14th 2020 – The Anglo-Saxon Revolution in Norfolk.
An edited version of the conference has been put on Youtube. You can watch it here.
RAF Bircham Newton Heritage Centre – the centre hopes to reopen for 2021 on Sunday June 27th and thereafter on the last Sunday of the month until October, with a final opening on Remembrance Sunday, November 14th. Click here for more details.
Important message about coronavirus
Regrettably all events are cancelled until further notice. The committee is hoping to be able to rearrange those that have had to be cancelled and hold them as soon as circumstances allow next year.
The Wednesday opening of the Tony Arter Heritage Room is also cancelled until further notice. For any queries or information about the history of Docking or the Group itself please contact us via this website.
Docking Heritage Group
Through these pages we aim to bring you a snapshot of the activities of the Docking Heritage Group and keep you informed of the progress we are making researching and recording the history of the ancient village of Docking in North West Norfolk.
We are always looking for new material for our village archive and if you have any photographs, newspaper cuttings,memories or artifacts we would welcome the opportunity to record them. By publishing our event diary on this website we hope you will be able to join us in the Tony Arter Heritage Room at the Ripper Hall, High Street, Docking.
The room is open most Wednesday mornings between 10am and 12 noon, including through the winter months, when some of our members will be on hand to help you with any queries you may have and show you our collection of photos, maps and other documents. A Community Information Point can also be found in the room which is available during the room opening hours.
Contact; Helena Aldis, Hon Secretary.
We look forward to meeting you through this website and welcome your feedback.
VOICES FROM DOCKING
VOICES FROM DOCKING – recollections of a Norfolk village is the Heritage Group’s latest publication. Find out more and purchase a copy on our Sales and Publications page.
DOCKING COMMUNITY ARCHIVE
Docking Heritage Group have created another way to allow people to share their photographs, stories and memories by setting up a new Facebook group called ‘Docking Community Archive’. For those with a Facebook account simply click on the icon on the left, join the group and begin sharing your Docking related memories.