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


 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

HELPERS WANTED. Would you like to join the team of helpers in all three of our churches who assist during the administration of Holy Communion? The official title is very grand; “Lay Minister of Holy Communion” and your help would be greatly appreciated. There is a rota and you volunteer if and when you are available. There will be a training evening at St Mary's Barcombe on Thursday 2nd November 2017 from 7pm-9pm. Before that I would meet with you to discuss in greater detail and apply for permission from the Bishop of Lewes. If you would like to discuss this further contact Fr John.

HIGH HURSTWOOD CARE HOME. The parish has re-established its links with High Hurstwood Care Home which is located in Five Ash Down and within our parish boundary. We held a service of Holy Communion one Wednesday afternoon and there were 15 people present.  Fr John also visited for a celebration of the fifth anniversary of their opening and we had a fun-filled afternoon with tea and cakes and some excellent entertainment. There will be a service of Holy Communion at High Hurstwood on the last Wednesday of every month at 1530. If you would like to attend, you will be very welcome!

CRAFT GROUP. We will start a Craft Group this month and we are planning to meet on Friday mornings in St.Mark’s church from 10.00-13.00. Please let Ella know if you or any of your friends are interested to attend so that she can keep you informed about the date when we start. You can bring your own work or we can come up with some new ideas. We can alter new and old clothes, as well as knitting, weaving, cross-stitching, crochet, card making etc. You can contact her by clicking on Ella or telephoning 01825 733103 

WALKING GROUP. Fr John is planning to start a Walking Group for people of all ages who would like to walk and talk together occasionally. The group will meet once or twice per month, weather permitting, on Wednesday mornings starting and finishing in the car park of one of the three churches of the parish. The walks will last for one to one and a half hours and whenever possible we will conclude with a cup of tea or coffee together. If you would like to take part or to get more information contact  Fr John or telephone 01825 733103

CHILDREN’S CHOIR. The Children’s Choir resumed on Tuesday 12th September. We meet every Tuesday during school term times for one hour from 1600 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.       BUXTED & HADLOW DOWN HARVEST SUPPER. The Harvest Supper will be held on Friday 22nd September at 7.30pm at the Buxted Cricket Club. Two course supper for £10 for adults, £5 for children. Bar available for drinks. Raffle with great prizes and an evening of entertainment. Tickets from Jane Godfrey 01825 732514 or email Jane Godfrey 

 2.        BUXTED & HADLOW DOWN HARVEST LUNCH. The popular parish Family Harvest Lunch will be held on Sunday 24th September at 12.30pm in St. Mark's School hall, Hadlow Down.  Two delicious courses with wine/juice for £7.50 for adults, £3.50 for children.  Tickets from Lindsey Waddington Tel: 01825 830723 or email Lindsey Waddington or Tel: Jane Godfrey 01825 732514 or email Jane Godfrey  


LEGACIES POLICY. Where there's a Will there's a help God! At the last PCC meeting our Rector presented a Legacies Policy that was discussed and then adopted for our parish. Legacies are a fundamental part of our Christian giving; leaving a gift in one’s Will is one of the most valuable and lasting ways to give thanks to God for the gifts of life and indeed a lifetime. Once provision has been made for loved ones, there is an opportunity to make a lasting gift to God, by leaving a legacy to support the Parish, to help to keep it alive and to continue its mission and ministry in the local community into the future. Anyone who is considering leaving a legacy is welcome to talk to the Rector in confidence about the sorts of purposes their gift might fund, and how/if they would like their gift to be acknowledged. There is also a very useful Church of England internet site: . I will be opening a discussion on our giving (in every sense of the word) in the coming months, both in our worship services and through the weekly e-mail newsletter. If you would like to have your name added to the newsletter mailing list please an email to 


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


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