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The parish of Benenden includes Iden Green, East End, Standen Street and Dingleden with around 1900 residents (as well as 550 girls at the independent girls school). There are about 840 homes in the village across the 6,700 acres of rural landscape.

Despite its beautiful unspoilt setting the village has nearly a hundred businesses that provide employment for many hundreds of residents and those who 'commute' into the village.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

As with many English parishes Benenden is currently developing the Neighbourhood Development Plan. This is based on the needs and wishes of the whole community and will be voted on by the whole parish when it is finally completed.

Read more about it on the dedicated Benenden Neighbourhood Development Plan web page

New primary school

Proposed new school
Proposed new school

At 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 for the new school is 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). In autumn 2018 the final ground works were completed and the main construction of the school commences. The expectation is that the children will be using the new school in September 2019.

The village year

There is a cycle of events that provide the heart to village life...

  • February is panto month - Oh yes it is!
  • March is time for the village spring clean
  • 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 on the village green
  • July has the Benenden tennis tournament and the open air Jazz and Blues at Iden Green
  • August and September see the harvests being brought in
  • The autumn spring clean spruces up the village
  • November sees the splendid fireworks in Glebe Field and Remembrance Sunday
  • December is filled with glorious Christmas festivities

Benenden life

Benenden green

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 remembered (see this page for full details).

Benenden's landscape

Benenden book

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 some small independent shops and a thriving pub

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


Village lunch

Tue 20th Nov, 12:30pm

Come and join local friends
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Iden Green and Benenden WI

Tue 20th Nov, 2pm

Christmas Party
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Iden Green and Benenden WI Christmas party

Tue 20th Nov, 2pm

Members Party
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The Wines of Luis Felipe Edwards

Fri 23rd Nov, 7:30pm

Peter Greet
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Iden Green and Benenden WI

Sat 24th Nov, 10am

Coffee morning
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Merry and Bright Club

Sat 24th Nov, 3pm

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Quiz night

Sat 24th Nov, 8:15pm

Come and try your luck
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Christmas Village Lunch

Tue 4th Dec, 12:30pm

Come and join local friends
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