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Museum plan for hall

PUBLISHED: 14:59 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 14:31 07 July 2010

Villagers in west Norfolk could soon be looking forward to having their own mini museum and resource centre.

Trustees of the Ripper Hall in Docking are hoping to build an extension to house what they are calling a heritage room.

Villagers in west Norfolk could soon be looking forward to having their own mini museum and resource centre.

Trustees of the Ripper Hall in Docking are hoping to build an extension to house what they are calling a heritage room.

It would be home to a growing display of photographs and artefacts collected by Docking Heritage Group, many handed down from the former Docking Rural District Council, of which the village was the centre.

The council was disbanded in 1974 but many documents

remain.

And the hall itself has its own history, having originally been built as The Oddfellows' reading room and subsequently used as a cinema, place of refuge and a doctor's surgery.

It was bought in 1967 by Mrs Ripper for the people of

Docking in memory of her late husband.

The proposed room could also house computer equipment for classes and displays, according to plans submitted to Breckland Council.

And it will allow local people, and visitors to explore the history of village life. A second extension is also proposed to house sports equipment.

The hall is run by trustees and has charity status.

The scheme has been

submitted to the council by

West Winch-based Ian Bix Associates.

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