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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 that comprises of 32 ancient 'dens'.

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 - Formal consultation now open

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.

Study Bursary for Benenden students aged between 16 and 25

Closing date September 30th (each year)

See Gibbon and Buckland Trust for details

The first formal phase of consultation runs until the (extended) date of 31st October 2019. The Plan and all the supporting documents are available on the NDP website, and a few printed copies are now available in the community shop and parish office.

The vision is "The Parish of Benenden in 2035 will be a thriving, peaceful and rural place to live, work and rest. It’s village feel and historic beauty will have been preserved through sympathetic and managed growth. We will have retained our existing major employers. Farming and other small businesses will be encouraged. We will offer everyone the chance to be part of an inclusive and vibrant community."

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


New primary school

Proposed new school
Proposed new school ... picture of real school coming soon!

At the centre of the village is the primary school. However the old school buildings on the village green are now replaced to transform the children's education. The new school is in the field adjacent to the Glebe Field and the Recreation Ground. The planning permission was granted in January 2013 and September 2019 sees the handover to the school and the use by the children of the village. There is a school open morning on 14th September so that the village can view the completed development.


The village year

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

  • January provides opportunity for Wassailing
  • February is panto month - Oh yes it is!
  • March is time for the village spring clean
  • April sees the Grange cherry blossom
  • May sees the start of summer and local Morris sides dancing
  • 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

Events

Weird and Wonderful Wines

Fri 20th Sep, 7pm

9 fascinating wines from unusual sources
Click for details

Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste

Sat 21st Sep, 8am

For non-compostable things
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste

Sat 21st Sep, 9:40am

For non-compostable things
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What's in Glendas Box....

Sat 21st Sep, 8:30pm

Come and find out
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Merry and Bright Club

Tue 24th Sep, 12pm

Outing to Eastbourne
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The Benenden Revue: for one night only

Sat 28th Sep, 7:30pm

Comedy and songs from Benenden stars
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Cornhole tossing

Sat 28th Sep, 8:30pm

Come and try your luck
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Thank You garden party for Christian Aid collectors...

Sun 29th Sep, 3pm

... and Benenden Fete helpers
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Benenden Farmers and Craft Market

Tue 1st Oct, 9am

Local produce and crafts
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Northiam Bonfire Procession & Fireworks

Sat 5th Oct, 7:30pm

A real Sussex Bonfire - near you!
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St George's Church Harvest Lunch

Sun 6th Oct, 12:30pm

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See full list of events