Kilndown was created on the playing field of a closed school, originally by a committee formed to celebrate the Millennium in 1996. The following functions were planned for it: - A safe place for children to play - Planting and wildlife areas - A meeting place for all ages and groups - An area to hold village events - Added value to Village Hall functions The Millennium Green continues to be a key part of the village and has, since its opening, hosted Sports Days, Village Fairs, Weddings, Football matches and much more. For details on how to book your own event on the Millennium Green please see our website.
Following the closure of the Kilndown Primary School and the associated redundancy of its Old Playing Field, a committee was formed for the Celebration of the Millennium in June 1996. The Committee agreed to develop the Old Playing Field so that it could be used by the village with play equipment for the village children along with seating and quiet areas. The objective was to create an everlasting useful and practical facility, commemorating the Millennium and one that would equally benefit all the people of the village. In 1998 the Kilndown Millennium Green Committee were informed that Kent County Council would sell the land to the Parish Council and in July of that year the green was purchased and handed to the Kilndown Millennium Green Trust for day to day management.
In 2000 after many fund raising events work began in earnest. Preparation and planting were now underway and play equipment was bought and installed. On the 17th June 2000 “The Big Day” began at 2.30pm with a service to celebrate the opening and dedication of the Kilndown Millennium Green at Christ Church. His Worship the Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Robin Morton accompanied by the Mayoress, Mrs Diana Morton, unveiled the plaque. To the unexpected delight of most visitors, Martin Sargeant flew overhead in his newly refurbished Spitfire; turning and looping, his demonstration and presence brought the opening ceremony to a grand climax. The day concluded with a Village Grand Ball held in a marquee on the field including an amazing array of buffet food, a licenced bar along with music and dancing.
Millennium Feature Edit
The feature is a circular raised bed surrounded by paving and seating.
Other Features Edit
- A seated area for all ages and groups - Pathways to allow access for the old and the disabled - Formal, semi-formal and wild planting - A village sign commemorating the turn of the century including in the design a memory of the past
Volunteers and TeamEdit
Fundraising and GrantsEdit
Kilndown have a Flower Show arranged for 17th September 2016.