Benenden

Gibbon and Buckland Charity

This is an Educational Trust deriving its income from ownership of School House, which was left to the village in 1609 as a school by Edmund Gibbon. The Buckland Charity, also educational and the Ginder Charity were joined to it in the late 20th century. The hand written record of Gibbons & Ginders charitable donations made during 1677 and 1712 is shown on the right.

The Trust makes annual grants to village residents to help with further education, or in getting started in working life, and money is also made available to the Primary School.

Grants to students and school-leavers

Grants from the Gibbon & Buckland Charity are available to young persons under the age of 25 who are resident in, and have been resident in, the Parish of Benenden for not less than three years, to support them in further education or in getting started in working life. Trustees will also give consideration to applications for grants for GAP year projects of educational worth.

400+ years and still going strong


The School House is still used for the youngest children in the school - see more details of the building

The Gibbon building, which was opened as a free school in 1609, is thought to be the oldest village school building still in use in Kent.

Benenden Fete
Sat 24th Jun, 12pm
Including silent auction
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Benenden Church Fete
Sat 24th Jun, 12pm
Fun and frolics for the whole family
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Quiz night
Sat 24th Jun, 8:15pm
Come and try your luck
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Tchaikovsky celebration charity concert
Sun 25th Jun, 3pm
Cranbrook Symph. Orchestra
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Merry and Bright Club
Tue 27th Jun, 3pm
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste
Sat 1st Jul, 8am
For non-compostable things
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste
Sat 1st Jul, 9:40am
For non-compostable things
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Copyright Tim Dwyer 2004 - timdwyer@benenden.org.uk