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Wings over the Western Front: the First World War Diaries of Collingwood Ingram
Collingwood Ingram (1880-1981) late of the Grange, Benenden was well-known in Benenden as a great gardener and plantsman.
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The parish includes Iden Green, East End, Standen Street and Dingleden.

Proposed new schoolAt the centre of the village is the primary school. However the old school buildings on the village green are to be replaced to transform the children's education. The site has been chosen as the field adjacent to the Glebe Field and the Recreation Ground. The planning permission was granted in January 2013 (plans can viewed through KCC Planning). In the autumn of 2014 the funding for the building works is still uncertain.

There are a cycle of events that provide the heart to village life - April provides an opportunity to visit the wonderful Pympne manor; May has the open day of the The Grange garden; June the traditional village fete takes place in the centre of the village organised by the church; July has Jazz in the village hall and the Benenden tennis tournament; November sees the splendid fireworks in Glebe Field organised by the scouts; and Christmas time sees the festivities in the church and all the varied clubs and groups.

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 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 parish has a splendid war memorial where the loss of the armed forces personnel during the two world wars are recorded (see this page for full details).

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.

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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 number of small independent shops and thriving pubs


A number of regular events fill the Benenden year including the fete in June the Iden Green BBQ and Rounders competition.

For more information available from local web sites click the links on the left hand side.

Some Benenden events from years gone past ......

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 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 picture to see more about the Flower Festival

Annual bonfire and fireworks!
Sat 1st Nov, 6pm
NEW TIMES THIS YEAR
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Stephen Message Art Exhibition
Sat 1st Nov, 10am
to 5pm
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Annual bonfire and fireworks!
Sat 1st Nov, 6pm
NEW TIMES THIS YEAR
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Quiz Night
Fri 7th Nov, 7:30pm
The Friends of St George's Church
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Parish Council Meeting
Mon 17th Nov, 7:30pm
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Parish Council Meeting
Mon 15th Dec, 7:30pm
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Parish Council Meeting
Mon 19th Jan, 7:30pm
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