Docking Village

Docking is a village in the northwest corner of Norfolk, close to many coastal resorts such as Hunstanton, Heacham and Brancaster.

Domesday Book

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

Docking Market

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 the link to the Events section of the website to see a schedule of the forthcoming events at the hall.

We have many local clubs and societies who use the hall - follow the 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...

Please follow the main menu above, the quick link to the right or click on this link to find out how to book the hall.

For further information on the facilities and layout of the hall, and the various rooms available for hire, please follow the main menu above or click on the quick link to the right.

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.

Roof Appeal

Half a century of exposure to the bracing north Norfolk elements means that the old concrete tile roof of the hall now needs to be replaced.

Please follow this link to see how you can support this endeavour and secure your place for posterity with our 'Sponsor A Tile' programme.

Clubs & Societies

  • Computer Club

  • Badminton Club

  • Docking Heritage Group

  • Brownies

  • Short Mat Bowls

  • Keep Fit

  • Pilates

  • Craft Group

  • Cubs

  • Art Class

  • Martial Arts

Dr. W.E. Ripper Memorial Hall, High Street, Docking, Norfolk PE31 8NG - registered charity number 253214