The Benenden Village Trust owns and maintains a major group of assets given to the Parish a century ago for the benefit and recreation of all.

The Trust is responsible for:

  • promoting facilities for recreation and leisure in Benenden and Iden Green
  • the bequests of Lord Rothermere in memory of his sons, Harold Vvyan Harmsworth and Vere Sidney Harmsworth - the recreation fields in Benenden and Iden Green, and St George's Hall.
  • the Trust is managed by Trustees elected by Members
  • Membership is open to all aged over 18 living in the Parish and to representatives of organisations and buisneses within the Parish.

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The Trust invites all residents of Benenden Parish over 18 to sign up as MEMBERS.
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News

Playground on Benenden Recreation Field

BENENDEN RECREATION GROUND TRESS

Benenden Village Trust has, regrettably, taken the decision to remove the large Horse Chestnut tree from Benenden Recreation Ground.  The Trust had commissioned reports on the tree, and had tried to preserve it, but the health of the tree is deteriorating, and in the interest of safety it needs to be felled. Work will also be carried out on the oak trees in the playground. These trees are covered by Tree Preservation Orders and applications will have to be made to carry out these works.

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NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Members approved the Trustee Report and Financial Statements to year-end 31st March 2020 and the appointment of three new Trustees - Olivia Collier, Athena Cripps and Martin Dickson.

From October the Trustee Board consists of Kent Barker, Tom Dawlings, Sally Ann Marks, Jonathan Strong, Richard Stubbings and the three newcomers.

At the first meeting of the new Board, Jonathan Strong was elected as Chairman and Kent Barker as Vice Chairman.

The work of the Trust has been split into Working Groups and Trustees appointed to each group.

·Policies and Processes : Athena Cripps, Sally Ann Marks, Richard Stubbings

·Membership, Public Relations and Website : Kent Barker, Olivia Collier, Martin Dickson, Jonathan Strong

·Health, Safety and Security; Playgrounds; Risk Management : Athena Cripps, Tom Dawlings, Martin Dickson

·Property Management, Maintenance and Development; Environment :Kent Barker, Olivia Collier, Richard Stubbings

·HR : Athena Cripps, Tom Dawlings, Sally Ann Marks

·Finance,  Governance and Compliance : Martin Dickson, Sally Ann Marks, Jonathan Strong

·Parish and Borough Council Liaison : Kent Barker, Tom Dawlings

If you feel that you have a particular skill or interest that you can bring to the Trust then please contact any Trustee or the Trust Manager.  Trustees have the ability to co-opt additional Trustees during the course of the year.

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BENENDEN VILLAGE TRUST REGRETS THAT IDEN GREEN PLAYGROUND IS CLOSED

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Following the RoSPA Health and Safety inspection which has now taken place, Benenden Village Trust has regretfully taken the decision to close Iden Green Playground and remove all equipment.

A new committee is working hard to replace the equipment with a new playground.

In the meantime the playground remains out of use.

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