Docking is a village in the northwest corner of Norfolk (map here), close to many coastal resorts such as Hunstanton, Heacham and Brancaster.
Docking can trace its history back to Roman times, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book - the name spelled variously as DOCHINGA, DOCHINGE, DOCKINGE and DOCKINHE.
Today, Docking remains an active working village with a pub, fish & chip shop, grocery store and Post Office, and even a blacksmiths.
Docking Village Hall
Parts of Docking Village Hall date back almost 150 years, with the flint section originally built in 1869 as a Working Man's Institute, the reading room supplied with daily and weekly papers and periodicals.
The main part of the hall was built in the 1920s and, as well as accommodating the more normal activities, during the Second World War it became variously a cinema, place of refuge and a doctor's surgery, the latter use continuing until the late 1970s.
In 1967 Mrs Nancy Ripper purchased the hall for the sum of £3000, dedicated it to her late husband Dr W E Ripper, a farmer and landowner in Docking who was a world renowned agricultural scientist, and gave it to the village - and thus the "official" name of the village hall is Dr. W.E. Ripper Memorial Hall, known in the village as simply "Ripper Hall".
Hall Activities and Uses
Today, Docking Village Hall is at the heart of many of our local activities and is the location of the weekly Docking Market, featuring fresh local produce and a wide range of locally-made products.
Please follow this Events link to see a schedule of the forthcoming events at the hall.
We have many local clubs and societies who use the hall - follow this Clubs link to find out more about them, as well as other local groups and individuals who hire the hall for their own functions.
Hiring The Hall
The Village Hall is available for hire for many activities and functions - community events, fund raising, leisure activities, family parties, celebrations, weddings, shows, lectures, meetings...
For further information on the facilities and layout of the hall, and the various rooms available for hire, please follow this Facilities link.
Please follow this Book link to find out how to book the hall for an activity.
To contact us (other than for bookings) or for any further information on Docking Village Hall, please call Matthew Todd on 07483 233553 or e-mail us via this link: .