Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

  • Buxted
  • East Sussex

Welcome to the Ecclesiastical Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

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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's

 GLUTEN 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. 

If you wish to see the contents of the latest pew sheet then please select the four-fold booklet: Pew Sheet 

2017 SHOEBOX APPEAL. On Monday 6 November a large group of volunteers gathered in St Margaret’s and put together our incredible response to this year’s shoebox appeal. More boxes arrived at the Rectory, and on Friday over 40 boxes were delivered to Newick to be part of the Link to Hope 2017 delivery to a number of countries in Eastern Europe. Thank you so much to everybody who has responded, and in particular to Jill Johnstone and the members of the Monday Signs Rhymes and Chimes group who worked really hard to pack and prepare the boxes.



In the last two weeks we have held two fund raising concerts in the parish. I am delighted to report that the concert at St Mary’s by the Ashdown Singers raised £171 and the one in St Margaret’s by Nicola Stock and her brother and friend raised £385. Thank you to everybody who helped to make both concerts a success.


What a wonderful evening at the Buxted Parish Quiz. Over one hundred people there, and it seemed that everybody enjoyed themselves. Huge thanks to Dom for setting the questions and taking on the thankless task of being quizmaster. Also many thanks to the ladies who produced a superb supper and generally masterminded an excellent evening. This year's winners were the team Fair Warped - well done them, closely followed by the Surgery Starlets.

And here are three of the photos taken at the event:






The group will meet again on Wednesday 15 November at 10.30 in the car park of St Mary’s Church

If you would like to take part or to get more information please email Fr John or telephone 01825 733103

CHILDREN’S CHOIR. The Children’s Choir resumed on Tuesday 12 September. We meet every Tuesday during school term times for one hour from 16.00 at the Rectory, Church Road, Buxted. New and old members aged from 6-11 years are welcome. There is no charge and the aim is to have fun through singing. For more information contact her by clicking on Ella or telephoning 01825 733103


1)  LEGACIES POLICY. Please click to see how you can help

2) PARISH GIVING SCHEME. More than half the C of E dioceses are now in this scheme and Chichester diocese leads the field with more donors and churches active than any other diocese in the country. Our parish was one of the first to enrol, but we are always looking for more parishioners to join. 

Are you a PGS member?  Existing members wishing to change their gift, or any other details, should contact the PGS team directly and not their bank. This can easily be done by telephone to 01452 835595 or by email to  quoting your PGS reference number. For further details, contact Homer Cox on 01825 732321


Don't forget that Signs Rhymes and Chimes is only a term time group.  


The Rector now prepares and circulates a weekly email newsletter. This includes news from the parish, information about upcoming events, suggested prayers, and a thought for the day. If you would like to join the mailing list, please send an email to Fr John .

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


Please continue to make a special point of supporting families in need through our food collections, to be handed on through Michelle, our local diocesan Family Support Worker. Please look for the box in each church, where food items can be left. These should be non-perishable items of general use to an ordinary family.

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 

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

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

About the Parish

The parish is in the Uckfield Deanery, the Hastings Archdeaconry and the Chichester Diocese.  

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.


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.

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