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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

Drop off items for Benenden Church Fete

Mon 18th Apr to Thu 16th Jun, 12pm

Clothes, books, bric-a-brac, toys, etc.
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Ladder toss

Sat 21st May, 8:15pm

Come and try your luck
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An afternoon in the garden

Sun 22nd May, 2pm

In aid of Bone Cancer Research Trust
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Merry and Bright Club - Jubilee party

Tue 24th May, 2pm

All welcome
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Quiz night at St George's Club

Sat 28th May, 8:15pm

Come and try your luck
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Celebration of a life in service

Thu 2nd Jun, 8:30pm

For everyone .....
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Lighting the village beacon

Thu 2nd Jun, 9:30pm

Lighting up at 9.45pm
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee-A 'right royal' variety performance

Sat 4th Jun, 7:30pm

Sketches, songs and singalong
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee - Village sharing lunch

Sun 5th Jun, 12:15pm

Opportunity for village to get together
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Benenden Church Fete

Sat 18th Jun, 12pm

Fun and frolics for the whole family
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Right Royal Jubilee Quiz at St George's Club

Sat 18th Jun, 8pm

Come and try your luck
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