Page Last Updated: 04/07/2023



Basic first aid advice is available on the NHS website. In the event of an emergency phone 999.

Basic first aid kits are located in the communal kitchen and the Community Office at Benenden Village Hall.


The nearest defibrillator to Benenden Village Hall is at Wheelwrights House, The Green, Benenden, TN17 4DJ.
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Defibrillators exist to help restart the heart of someone who has suffered some forms of sudden cardiac arrest; that is when the heart has stopped beating and the person is no longer breathing. It is rarely appropriate to use one for someone who has a terminal illness and was expected to die, because cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can be very traumatic and in these cases futile.

Some cardiac arrests are of a sort which AEDs cannot help with. Once the AED pads  are in position and the AED is switched on, the  device will speak to you and determine if its use is advised. Only cardiac arrests in which the heart is fibrillating, twitching rather than beating, due to electrical abnormalities, respond
to defibrillation. Again, the AED recognises the various forms of fibrillation and will only deliver a shock if it is appropriate. You cannot harm someone with an AED.

What you can do:

  • It is never advisable to wait for an ambulance to start CPR and use an AED, as the chances of survival, given the rurality of Benenden, are reduced to almost zero. 
  • Look out for the AEDs in the village and take good note of where they are situated.
  • Do the online training at: and spend just 15 minutes to learn how to save a life.

Courtesy of Peter Ellis, Benenden Magazine – July 2023

A quick guide to using an AED and CPR

To use a defibrillator, follow these simple steps:

  • If the casualty is not breathing and appears unconscious, they are probably in cardiac arrest.
    Tip: If you are alone, phone the ambulance first, they will provide instructions and send help. Otherwise get someone to call for you and send
    someone to get an AED.
  • Start CPR.
  • Turn the defibrillator on by pressing the green button and follow its instructions.
  • Peel off the sticky pads and attach them to the patient’s skin, one on each side of the chest, as shown in the picture on the defibrillator.
    Tip: Ensure the person’s chest is dry and, if they are hairy, use the razor in the defibrillator pack to quickly shave the areas the pads are attached to. Try to keep doing CPR while this is happening.
  • Once the pads have been attached, stop CPR and don’t touch the patient. The defibrillator will then check the patient’s heart rhythm.
  • The defibrillator will decide whether a shock is needed and, if so, it will tell you to press the shock button. A fully automatic defibrillator will shock the patient without you pressing the button.
    Tip: Don’t touch the patient, or allow others to, while they are being shocked (the AED will tell you this).
  • The defibrillator will tell you when the shock has been delivered and whether you need to continue CPR.
  • Continue with CPR until the patient shows signs of life or the defibrillator tells you to stop so it can analyse the heart rhythm again.
    Tip: Start CPR againas soon as the machine says you should.

Local Village Halls / Venues


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Outside Space





Benenden Village Hall has a Buffalo 3kW 10 Litre Auto-Fill Water Boiler.

The boiler usually takes 15-20 minutes to reach ‘ready’ state.

Plastic Items

The kitchen has a selection of plastic jugs and colourful tumblers, bowls and plates that are ideal for children’s parties.

12 jugs

28 tumblers

29 bowls

14 baby food bowls

36 plates


The kitchen has a selection of different glassware that hirers are welcome to use.

78 glass tumblers

25 champagne flutes

31 small glasses

34 wine glasses

6 small stemmed glasses

11 glass jugs

Stage Lighting

The stage lighting is controlled by an ETC ColorSource 40 lighting console.


Please Note: This equipment is only to be operated by competent / experienced persons.


Benenden Village Hall has a Nelson SC45 WSDP commercial dishwasher.


The kitchen is well stocked with a selection of different crockery including cups, saucers, bowls & plates.

  • 78 cups
  • 178 saucers
  • 144 medium cups
  • 33 saucers
  • 100 small cups
  • 21 saucers
  • 109 plates (21.5 cm)
  • 133 plates (16 cm)
  • 62 bowls (16 cm)
  • 95 plates (25cm)
  • 28 plates (26 cm)
  • 57 assorted plates
  • 26 Bowls (17 cm)

Hearing Loop

The sound system in the main hall incorporates a PDA Range 500/2 Induction Loop Amplifier.

Main Hall Projector

The main hall has a projector mounted on the lighting bar in front of the stage. The projector is an NEC VT670 projector and is operated by a remote control.

The projector has two inputs, a VGA input with an HDMI adapter for use with a laptop; and a video input with an RCA plug (yellow) which can be used with the hall’s DVD player.

Sound System

The main hall is equipped with a sound system and speakers for playing music (recorded or live) and/or using with microphones.

The system is controlled by a Soundcraft Spirit E8 10-channel mixer (8 mono mic/line , 2 stereo line inputs). 

  • Marantz CD5400 CD Player
  • Marantz SD4040 Twin Cassette Deck
  • Audio Technics ATW-R160 UHF Receiver (microphones)
  • 2 x interM L1400 Professional Power Amplifiers

The audio input for use with mobile phones / devices uses a standard 3.5 mm jack plug with adapters for use with most mobile phones.

Benenden Village Hall has adapters for the following which may be borrowed:

  • USB-C
  • Micro USB
  • Lightning