Hoe and Worthing Archive: The Parish Room 



The Parish Room was built in 1912 and has served as a reading room, men's club and venue for meetings such as this whist drive in March 1935, and village celebrations.

Mothers' Union

The Mothers’ Union AGM of 1936.

mens club

This report is from September 1950.

burial ground plan

In 1918, Noel Byam Grounds, owner of Hoe Hall, gave the plot of land shown here in red to the church for an extension to the burial ground. The Parish Room is the little white rectangle in the corner. Grounds was an officer in the army, resident in London.

[Courtesy of Norfolk Record Office CSP 21/10]

Breckland team

Staff from Breckland District Council on a team-building exercise in 2010 cleaned and redecorated the room in a day.


The first exhibition of the Hoe & Worthing Archive in the Parish Room, 2010.


In 2013, with a grant of money from Norfolk County Council, an extension was added to the Parish Room including a kitchen, lavatories and a paved area outside. This was the first improvement to the Room since Major & Mrs Wormald had generously paid for what was described as an 'inner-room', in 1935.

clearing the site

An overgrown area of the churchyard was cleared.

concrete lorry

Getting concrete onto the site was tricky.




The drainage tank before it was buried.


Old and new



The new kitchen.


In March 2014 soldiers from the Light Dragoons based at Swanton Morley generously volunteered to help with the landscaping following the building of the extension.