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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 1609 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 between the ages of 16 and 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 or 01580 240683. 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 is still 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.


'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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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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