Benenden

There is a cycle of events that provide the heart to village life - April provides an opportunity to visit the wonderful Pympne manor; May has the open day of the The Grange garden; June the traditional village fete takes place in the centre of the village organised by the church; July has the Benenden tennis tournament; September Jazz in the village hall; November sees the splendid fireworks in Glebe Field organised by the scouts; and Christmas time sees the festivities in the church and all the varied clubs and groups.

Jazz and Blues
in the open air

Iden Green pavilion, Saturday 29 July, from 6pm
Tickets £6 from Benendens shop (£7 on gate)
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Proposed new schoolAt the centre of the village is the primary school. However the old school buildings on the village green are to be replaced to transform the children's education. The site has been chosen as the field adjacent to the Glebe Field and the Recreation Ground. The planning permission was granted in January 2013 (plans can viewed through KCC Planning). On February 9th 2015 the UK government announced that funding for the new school will be provided under the Priority School Building Programme 2 as one of 277 school projects funded from 2015 to 2021. In May 2017 the school governors reported that "We are closer than we have ever been to getting a new school and remain confident it will happen. We believe .... that 2019 is [more] realistic. We will continue to try to influence those that hold the purse strings to make this happen earlier rather than later in that year".

The parish includes Iden Green, East End, Standen Street and Dingleden.

There are many opportunities to meet up with fellow villagers (as seen by the list of links on the left hand side of the page) - events for all ages and interests. Throughout the summer the cricket team plays on the green providing a quintessential Kentish scene - visitors can take in the Bull and have a stroll around the historic village church.

The parish has a splendid war memorial where the loss of the armed forces personnel during the two world wars are recorded (see this page for full details).

Ernest Pollard and Hazel Strouts have written a major piece of work about the village -'Benenden Landscape' - read more about it and get a freecopy from this site by clicking here. You can also find 8 walks around Benenden described on that same page.

As recorded in Michael Davies' splendid and extensive 'Benenden - A Pictorial History' the village was one of the few places in the area known as the Weald (of Kent) that was named in the Domesday book. Benenden has largely escaped the development sprawl that has overtaken many a local village and is fortunate in retaining a number of small independent shops and thriving pubs

Some Benenden events from years gone past ......

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee was celebrated with great enthusiasm across the village in June 2012 - you can see a list of what we did here.

The Queen's Golden Jubilee was celebrated over Monday June 3rd and Tuesday June 4th 2002 with the ever popular Iden Green Fayre and the family day on Benenden Green. Click on the picture of the Benenden Primary School maypole dancers for more images of the Golden Jubilee.


As part of the village's millennium celebration the new village sign was unveiled on Saturday 26th August 2000. - Click picture of the sign to see more about the unveiling of the sign.

Over that same weekend there was a wonderful flower festival held in and around St George's Church. Click the picture to see more about the Flower Festival

Drama workshop for 9 to 14 year olds
Fri 28th Jul
Separate days 9-11 & 12-14 years old
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste
Sat 29th Jul, 8am
For non-compostable things
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste
Sat 29th Jul, 9:40am
For non-compostable things
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Jazz & Blues
Sat 29th Jul, 6pm
The perfect way to celebrate summer
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Pop quiz
Sat 5th Aug, 8:15pm
Come and try your skill
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Benenden Womens Club
Thu 10th Aug, 2pm
A visit to Seddlescombe vineyard
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Refuse Lorry for Garden Waste
Sat 12th Aug, 9:40am
Green garden waste that will compost
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Copyright Tim Dwyer 2017 - timdwyer@benenden.org.uk