Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

  • Buxted
  • East Sussex

Welcome to the Ecclesiastical Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down xxx

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The Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down in East Sussex is a single parish with three parish churches: St Margaret the Queen in Buxted Park, St Mary the Virgin in Buxted, and St Mark the Evangelist in Hadlow Down.  We glory in what unites us and in what makes us special. 

The Parish has a Church Hall near St Mary's Church.  Please click to see St Mary's Church Hall page.

To see an accurate current timetable of the services in each church, please click on one of the links to consult the appropriate page: St Margaret's , St Mark's , St Mary'sGLUTEN FREE? If you are gluten intolerant and wish to receive a gluten free wafer at communion, cards, which you can take to the altar rail to indicate your preference, are available in all three churches. Please ask a sidesman for a card. 

Father John Barker has suggested three charities which should be promoted for the Lent Buxted and Hadlow Down Charity for 2017.  Please indicate clearly which one of the three named charities you would wish to receive donations  The poll will close at 1700 on Saturday so that the chosen charity can be announced at all three churches on Sunday morning.  Please tick ONE of the suggested charities:

1) Open Hands 

2) Care for the Carers in East Sussex 

3) Demelza   




AN EXPLORATION OF THE BIBLE. As part of our Diocese Year of the Bible, everybody is invited to join "An Exploration of The Bible" led by Bishop Richard Jackson at The Ascension Church, Vale Road, Haywards Heath RH16 4JS on February 11th 2017 from 10.00 for 10.30 to 3.00. You should bring your own lunch - tea and coffee will be available. The format will be as follows: Session 1- The Bible - an overview; Session 2 -What about the smiting!Session 3 - It’s all about interpretation (is there ever a right answer?)

CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL RETREAT.  The Chichester Cathedral Retreat, from 17th to 19th March 2017, will be led by the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Mark Sowerby with the theme of "Vocations". This annual weekend consists of short talks and time for silent prayer and rest. For the fourth consecutive year the venue will be the beautiful and comfortable retreat house of Ladywell Convent in Godalming. Total cost £155. Further information and application forms are available from the Cathedral Reception 01243 782595. 

LENT COURSE 2017. As usual, we will have a series of meetings throughout Lent. We will be following the Diocese Course “Hear the Word of the Lord”, part of the Year of the Bible. Meetings will be held in the Church Hall on Thursday evenings as follows: 9th March Meal followed by "Bible overview", 16th March "The Torah", the first five books of the Old Testament, 23rd March "The Prophets", 30th March "The Gospels", 5th April "The New Testament Letters"     Each week there will be a recorded introduction prepared by the Diocese followed by open discussion and reflection. Please consider setting aside time during Lent to learn more about the Bible. More details closer to the time.

CONFIRMATION SERVICE. Bishop Richard is proposing to hold a Confirmation Service for all churches in the Uckfield Deanery on Sunday 25th June 2017 at 4pm. If you know of anybody who may be interested in becoming a confirmed member of the Church of England please encourage them to click on Fr John for more details 

The pattern of services at St Margaret's (as from May 1st 2017)

8.00 am


 Holy Communion  BCP


 A quiet, reflective service celebrating the Lord's Supper.
 There is no 8.00 am service on 4th Sunday

 If there is a United Parish Eucharist on the 5th Sunday, then     the 8.00 am service may not take place (see the calendar)

 10.00 am


 Parish Eucharist  CW

 Celebration of the Lord's Supper with sermon and hymns. The children's Sunday Club will usually happen during this service.


 Mattins  BCP

 Sung Morning Prayer with sermon 



 All-age Service

 An informal service with participation of our younger members and the Music group.  Will usually include Holy Communion.



 Parish Eucharist CW

 Celebration of the Lord's Supper with sermon and hymns. No children's Sunday Club at this service.



 United Parish Eucharist

 Please consult the calendar for each church, or the Buxted Messenger.

6.00 pm


 Evensong  BCP

 Sung Evening Prayer with sermon


Please click on Parish Policies to view a page dealing with the safeguarding of adults and children in our parish

Where are we?

This map shows the location of our three churches and the nearby towns of Uckfield, Heathfield and Crowborough. More detailed maps and directions
can be found on the Visitors page for each church.








Parish News and Events 

PALM CROSSES. If you have kept your palm crosses from 2016 please leave them at the back of church over the coming  weeks. We will then burn them for use as ash within our Ash Wednesday liturgy.

GIVING - please visit our Giving pages to find out about the current and recent ways in which the parish is giving and see also how you can give, either financially or through your talents.(Time, Talents, and Money

HEATING AT ST. MARGARET'S. Latest news: the old boiler has been resurrected and will be back in service until the new boiler arrives 

VACANCY FOR ORGANIST/CHOIRMASTER AT ST MARGARET'S Please visit the St Margaret's page for further details.


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The parish is in the Uckfield Deanery, the Hastings Archdeaconry and the Chichester Diocese.  NB: It is possible either to subscribe to receive the Chichester Diocese E-bulletin via email, or to read past editions via an archive.  Please click on e-bulletin to see this page.

About the Parish

The Parish was created by a pastoral scheme and came into operation on
1 January 2008. 

It is administered by a single PCC. 

The villages of Buxted and Hadlow Down make up the ecclesiastical parish, 
which also includes part of Five Ash Down within its boundary. It is a rural community, but is growing as a result of planned housing development.

There are two Church of England Primary schools in the parish:

The parish maintains close links with both schools, details of which can be
found on the pages for St. Margaret's and St. Mark's.

The parish is a registered charity (Charity Reg. No. 1130925).


Parish Mission Statement

We are committed to playing our part in God's mission to the world by being:

  • A worshipping community; 

  • A learning community; 

  • A serving community; 

  • A community of wholeness and reconciliation; 

  • A praying community; 

To become the people of Christ.



APRIL 2016 The 2015 (for 2016) Annual Report and Financial Statements can be viewed by clicking here 

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The parish is in the Uckfield Deanery, the Hastings Archdeaconry and the Chichester Diocese.  NB: It is possible either to subscribe to receive the Chichester Diocese E-bulletin via email, or to read past editions via an archive.  Please click on e-bulletin to see this page.