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Gibbon and Buckland Charity

The Trust document
The Trust document

This is an Educational Trust deriving its income from ownership of School House, which was left to the village in 1602 as a school by Edmund Gibbon. The Buckland Charity, also educational and the Ginder Charity were joined to it in the late 20th century. The hand written record of Gibbons and Ginders charitable donations made during 1677 and 1712 is shown here.

The Trust makes annual grants to village residents to help with further education, or in getting started in working life, and money is also made available to the Primary School.

Grants to students and school-leavers

Grants from the Gibbon and Buckland Charity are available to young persons under 25 (as at 1st October in the year prior to application) who are resident in, and have been resident in, the Parish of Benenden for not less than three years, to support them in further education or in getting started in working life. Trustees will also give consideration to applications for grants for GAP year projects of educational worth.

Application forms are available from Benenden's, the Village Shop, or from the Clerk to the Charity, David Harmsworth, at Applications for new academic year are due by 30 September.

400+ years and still going strong

Primary School building
The School House at the south end of Benenden Green
The Gibbon building
The Gibbon Building

The School House was until 2019 used for the youngest children in the school - see more details of the building

The Gibbon building, which was opened as a free school in 1609, is thought to be the oldest village school building still in use in Kent.


During Coronavirus period please check with organiser

Parish Council Meeting

Mon 20th Sep, 7pm

Come and see what's happening
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Village lunch

Tue 21st Sep, 12:30pm

Come and join local friends
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Iden Green and Benenden WI

Tue 21st Sep, 2pm

Sheila Farmer - 'What women wore'
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Iden Green and Benenden WI

Thu 23rd Sep

Previously postponed lunch
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Wines from southern France

Fri 24th Sep, 7pm

8 wines from top producers + food
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Sat 25th Sep, 8:15pm

Come and try your skill
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Applicant closing date for educational grants for under 25s

Thu 30th Sep, 6pm

Help for studies and careers
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Royal British Legion

Thu 7th Oct, 7:30pm

Benenden Branch AGM
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Benenden Village Trust

Mon 11th Oct, 7pm

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Parish Council Meeting

Mon 18th Oct, 7pm

The village democratic processes
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Parish Council Meeting

Mon 15th Nov, 7pm

The village democratic processes
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