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During the COVID-19 crisis please check this site for regular updates about local services, supplies, information and useful links.


Cafe Closure

As of Thursday 19th March, until further notice, Benenden’s Community Café is CLOSED

We thank you for your understanding in these rather unusual circumstances.


We do, however, have the following frozen meals to take away in case you're missing your favourite lunchtime treats and would like to enjoy them at home:

Beef Lasagne Verdi

Chilli Con Carne

Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni

Chicken Tikka Masala

£3.00 per meal



The management team have worked out a new schedule to reduce overlap times in order to adhere as much as possible to social distancing. We hope this will in turn reduce the risk of spreading a virus to help keep Benenden's open as much as possible to meet residents' needs.

The shop will be open Monday - Saturday 8:30-3:00 and on Sunday 9:00-12:00 as of Monday 23rd March 2020.

This will allow our reduced staff to work hard behind the scenes on cleaning and stocking up on our essentials so that we can provide the best service we can in this difficult period.

We are only allowing 2 customers in the shop at any one time and asking to please keep 2m between yourself and others.



Many people have kindly volunteered to help take orders and deliver goods to our vulnerable residents, who cannot leave their homes. We have set up telephone card payments in order that your orders can be placed and paid for instantly and safely.  We ask that orders are placed  the day before  the order is needed, unless especially URGENT. The cafe has frozen meals available to cook at home (see above).


Can you offer any help?

Are you local and able to offer any help to our community during this unusual and awkward time?

We will soon be offering a home delivery service to local and vulnerable residents, who cannot leave the house, and we are asking for helpers who can take orders and payments over the phone, pack orders, sort stock and deliver orders to residents in the area.

If you could help in just 1 of these areas, it would be a huge help to us during a time of a vast number of volunteer shortages. If your health allows for it and you are willing to offer any of the above things, we’d be ever so grateful....Please pop into the shop to fill in a quick contact form or message us here on messenger if you can offer any help in the next few weeks.   

Thank you from all of us at Benenden’s