Origin and Objectives

The Benenden Amenity & Countryside Society was set up by Jonathon Strong and others in 1989. The current Chairman is Peter Ellis (

The Society has two principal objectives, namely:
  1. To encourage amenity and countryside activities and interest in order to promote a fuller appreciation of the geography, history, natural history and environment of the Parish and the Weald of Kent.
  2. To resist any proposals (ie, planning applications) which would adversely affect the environment and amenities of the Parish

Natalie Blakemore is the Treasurer and Membership Secretary (

Coming Up

The AGM takes place in March of each year. In 2015 this will be Wednesday 25th March at 7pm

This and other events are publicised in our newsletter - see below
Further information from Peter Ellis on 01580 240540

Social Activities

Our main social activities are spring and autumn walks, which typically attract around 30 to 40 people and are followed by a large tea (which participants are invited to contribute to!). The Annual General Meeting in March is a social activity as it is combined with a talk on a topical subject relevant to the Society's objectives.

Cheese and wine are usually served at the AGM as an added inducement to encourage members to attend.

Planning Matters

We monitor planning applications submitted to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. A small subcommittee looks in more detail at plans which we think may may "adversely affect the environment and amenities of the parish" (objective 2 above) and decides whether to object. Only a handful of objections have been made each year; these have related mostly to telephone masts, new houses in inappropriate localities and applications which entail a significant increase in traffic.


Subscriptions are collected on a calendar year basis and are kept at a very modest level:- Family £10.00 and Single £5.00.

If you wish to join please complete the click here to go to a page that you can print out, complete and join .... its as easy as that! Alternatively contact Natalie Blakemore on 01580 243118 or, and you will be sent an application form.


Our newsletters may be downloaded from here as PDF files (all about 100k in size). Click on links below to download

April 2002 July 2002 January 2003 May 2003
September 2003 January 2004 April 2004 July 2004
September 2004 January 2005 April 2005 July 2005
November 2005 January 2006 April 2006 July 2006
September 2006 February 2007 March 2007 September 2007
February 2008 June 2008 September 2008 March 2009
March 2009 September 2009 February 2010 May 2010
September 2010 January 2011 March 2011 June 2011
October 2011 March 2012 September 2012 February 2013
September 2013 February 2014 November 2014

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