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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 gibbonandbuckland@gmail.com. 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.

Events

During Coronavirus period please check with organiser

Edwardian Christmas at Scotney Castle

Sat 27th Nov to Thu 23rd Dec

Step back in time this Christmas
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Beacon Field wild meadow

Thu 2nd Dec, 11am

You can help create the future meadow
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Benenden Primary School Christmas Market

Fri 3rd Dec, 3:30pm

Lots of festive goodies and fun
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Christmas Fair with Santa's Grotto

Sat 4th Dec, 2:30pm

Benenden Pre-School Fundraiser
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Wines from the Rhone

Sat 11th Dec, 7pm

8 wines from top producers+regional food
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Parish Council Meeting

Mon 13th Dec, 7pm

The village democratic processes
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Merry and Bright Christmas Party

Tue 14th Dec, 2pm

Celebrate with friends
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Christmas Quiz

Sat 18th Dec, 8:15pm

Come and try your luck
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Preparing St Georges .....

Mon 20th Dec, 9:30am

.... for Christmas
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Christmas Village Lunch

Tue 21st Dec, 12:30pm

Come and join local friends
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Parish Carol Service

Tue 21st Dec, 7:30pm

By candlelight
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