Page Last Updated: 16/10/2023



Benenden Village Hall has a state-of-the-art facial recognition door entry system which can also be used with issued key cards or QR codes to gain access to the building. 

A QR code (quick-response code) is a black and white image that contains encoded information. QR codes can hold much more information than a traditional barcode and can be used for a variety purposes.

The Hall Manager is responsible for managing the door entry system and regular hirers will be added to the facial recognition system. Temporary QR codes can be created and issued to persons hiring / using the hall on a one-off or occasional basis. Hirers may share their QR code with other persons requiring access to the hall during their hire period (e.g. caterers) as part of the same booking. QR codes should not be shared with guests. QR codes can be printed off or displayed on a mobile phone / device.

The door entry control panel / camera is situated on the left wall as you approach the main entrance.


  • Stand / move in front of the door entry panel to ‘wake it up’;

(on the left as you face the entrance doors);


  • Select the first icon at the bottom of the screen to use a QR code;

(the camera looks for a face by default and you may need to move out of the camera’s range after the device is out of ‘stand-by mode)


  • Show your QR code to the panel;
  • You will hear the door click unlock and you will be able to pull the door open;
  • The door will automatically lock after a few seconds.
If you experience any difficulties using a QR Code, please contact the hall manager on 07562 993856.


NOTE: QR codes only work during the period for which they were created and will automatically expire when this has ended.

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Hire of the entertainment equipment includes use of the following equipment.

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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