Harmsworth Memorial Trust

Harmsworth Memorial Trust

To commemorate the deaths of his sons, Vere Sidney Tudor Harmsworth and Harold Vyvyan St George Harmsworth in the First World War, Viscount Rothermere made a number of gifts to Benenden. In the early 1920’s he conveyed to the Parish plots of land including the recreation ground (adjoining the Bull Inn), the Iden Green recreation ground, the St George’s Club, the allotment field in Walkhurst Road, and the allotment field in Standen Street, Iden Green. He also made a generous endowment for their upkeep.

In 1967 these were legally combined into the Harmsworth Memorial Trust (HMT) and the Parish Council became sole trustee. Today the HMT maintains and runs the Benenden Village Hall, the St George’s building and club, as well as the recreation grounds in Benenden and Iden Green.

Currently the Trust is administered by the Parish Council.  It meets in public at least ten times a year, generally following Parish Council meetings, and follows its own set of Standing Orders.    

Meeting Minutes 2014

These are filed under the Agenda and Minutes page on this Website.

Meeting Minutes 2013

Minutes of Harmsworth Memorial Trust 16 December 2013
HMT Minutes 18 November 2013 HMT Minutes 21 October 2013
HMT Minutes 16 September 2013
Draft Minutes of HMT Finance Committee 9 Sept 2013 - to be approved
HMT Working Party Minutes 5 Sept 2013
No HMT meeting in August
HMT Minutes July 2013
HMT Minutes June 2013
HMT Minutes May 2013
No HMT meeting in April due to the Annual Parish Meeting.
HMT Minutes March 2013
HMT Minutes February 2013
HMT Minutes January 2013
Minutes from meetings pre-dating 2013 can be found here.  

Other Documents

Standing Orders
Finance Regulations
Volunteer Code of Conduct
Code of Governance


Benenden Village Hall Website