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



 St Mary's


St Mark's 



 St Margaret's



The Parish Easter vigil at St Mary's on Saturday evening


St. Mary's Church Hall was one of the best places to be this Good Friday morning. 26 children, aged from five to 11, enjoyed a range of Easter activities. Bread (I think it was soda bread) was made, hard-boiled eggs were decorated, cards were designed, paper puppets were created ready to be used later in the church, flower arrangements were created, stained glass pictures were created, paper bags were assembled, either yellow chicks or white bunnies, ready to receive the chocolate eggs collected with great enthusiasm in the Easter egg hunt. 

 Bread was made

Eggs were decorated 

 Flower arrangements were created

 And lovely stained glass pictures

The paper bags which had been

made were filled 

with the Easter eggs which had been found 

in the egg hunt

Look at this beautiful basket

filled with glistening eggs


Everyone then walked across to St Mary's church to take part in a service during which our Rector told the Easter story, demonstrated so ably by the puppeteers, adult and children, using the puppets created in the craft session. Hot cross buns were also handed out.

Father John told us the story of Easter 

with the help of the puppeteers and the 

puppets they had created

And the children were able to answer his (quite difficult) questions.  How many of us know the name of the hill where Christ was crucified, and the name of the garden where his body was placed?  The children did.


And finally a table with more craft items created on the day.  

Sincere thanks to the organisers and the helpers, and also to Ella and Diana for letting me use their photographs.. 


Thanks to your generosity, including donations at the Lent suppers, donations from the Buxted Primary School Easter services, Gift Aid and our agreed addition of £500 from parish funds, our final cheque to the DEC was a magnificent £1,865

Thank you. Fr John

WELL DONE, PAT!  A special page on the Diocesan website recently relates to the awards ceremony on March 4 for the Sussex Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride event last September. Last, but by no means least, on the list states “The special award trophy goes to Pat Weeks from St Margaret the Queen, Buxted who raised a record £1,235 which is absolutely amazing.”


DEMELZA HOSPICE CARE FOR CHILDREN. Thanks to further jam jars returned last week, the total Lent offerings for Demelza now exceeds £500. This is the final appeal for any remaining jam jars to be returned to Homer Cox this week, so that we can finalise our cheque for the representative from Demelza, who will be visiting us shortly to collect in person.

Please see the message received from Demelza Hospice Care - East Sussex:  "Demelza provides a ‘hospice at home’ service to families throughout East Sussex. Our specialist nursing team looks after children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses and supports their family. They provide nursing care, practical and emotional support and respite care – all of which takes place in the family home. This flexible care provision enables families to live their lives in their own environment and takes away some of the strain of caring for a life-limited child. We will shortly be extending our services so that we can offer more opportunities to our families. Only a small percentage of our costs are covered by government funding, so the money raised will enable us to provide vital support to local children and their families."

Julie Brett
Community Fundraiser East Sussex

 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 .

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 

ST MARK'S NEEDS VOLUNTEER BLACKSMITHS Click on link to read details

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