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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

Benenden NDP

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.

Formal Regulation 14 Plan consultation is now closed (on 31st October 2019). Now all the feedback is being considered and resulting amendments will be incorporated into the next version of the plan (the 'Regulation 15' submission) by early 2020.

Hello. How are you? club

If you feel like you’d enjoy the company of new people, come along to the Memorial Hall on Saturday 29th February, 10am to 12pm (and roughly monthly after that). All welcome, especially families. It’s where you can be you - for example ...you could sit in the corner and read; engage in conversation and chit chat; play a board game or cards. Plus, tea, coffee, soft drinks and biscuits will be served.

What will we talk about? Anything, absolutely anything. There is no theme, but community spirit is key.

Read more details

The plan and all the supporting documents are available on the NDP website, and a printed copy may be borrowed from the Benenden community shop.

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

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 saw the handover to the school and the use by the children of the village.

The children are now enjoying their splendid new school that, despite some normal niggles with completing the building, is proving a worthy successor to the traditional school building on the village green.


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

'Hello, how are you?' club

Sat 29th Feb, 10am

A chance to meet, relax, or catch up
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Pavilion Quiz Night

Sat 29th Feb, 7pm

Come and show your knowledge
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Darts

Sat 29th Feb, 8:15pm

Come and try your skill
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Organ and trumpet recital - following evensong

Sun 1st Mar, 6pm

Richard O'Neill and Steven Hollamby
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Iden Green and Benenden WI

Fri 6th Mar, 2pm

A social afternoon for all
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste

Sat 7th Mar, 8am

For non-compostable things
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Refuse Lorry for Domestic Waste

Sat 7th Mar, 9:40am

For non-compostable things
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Beetle drive

Sat 7th Mar, 8:30pm

Come and try your skill
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Wines from the Loire

Fri 13th Mar, 7pm

Eight wines from unusual sources
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Fish and chip supper

Sat 14th Mar, 8pm

Come and enjoy the evening
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Parish Council Meeting

Mon 16th Mar, 7pm

Come and see what's happening
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See full list of events