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'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. 

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

Thank you to everybody who voted on this page, on Facebook and on the Buxted Talk page in the poll to decide the charity that the Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down will support through its Lent giving campaign in 2017. The clear winner overall is Demelza. Now we move to the next phase. I invite you all to put aside your loose change throughout Lent and put it in a jam-jar. If you would like a labelled jar these or available at our churches, or please feel free to use your own. Over Easter weekend I will be available in each of the three churches of the parish every day to receive your jars and thank you personally. After Easter I will post giving the total sum raised for Demelza. Happy saving!

PARISH EMAIL NEWSLETTER. The Rector will start very soon to prepare and circulate a weekly email newsletter. This will include 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 .

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 

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 

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/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