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 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.

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

Please see Parish News and Events (below) for details of current and future events in our parish. 

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 .


Diocese of Chichester, Uckfield Deanery, Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

 ORGANIST and CHOIR LEADER for St. Margaret the Queen Church, Buxted Park

After 60 years of dedicated service, our organist and choirmaster retired at the end of August.  We are now looking for his successor, to maintain and enhance the musical life of our beautiful 13th century church.

There is one choir-led service each Sunday: Matins, Parish Eucharist or Evensong.  A small music group usually accompanies the monthly All Age Service.  Choir practice is currently on Friday evenings. In addition there are special services on Good Friday and at Christmas.  Salary will follow RSCM guidelines and may be enhanced by an average of 12-15 weddings a year, as well as funerals.

The organ is a 2 manual and pedal 1909 Bevington tracker action organ, enlarged in 1970 to 11 speaking stops.

To find out more about our friendly church community, please read these pages or look at our Parish of Buxted & Hadlow Down Facebook page Small Facebook link

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Anthony Arratoon, Churchwarden   01825 732464  or click to  email 





We hope that there will be a large congregation to welcome John and his wife Ella to the parish. Please see the photo and the message from them




New Rector John with Ella




Hello!  At the beginning of October Ella and I will leave Armenia where for four years I have been combining working as a diplomat for the European Commission and serving as priest to the Anglican Congregation in Yerevan. I have also represented the Archbishop of Canterbury, ensuring good relations with the Armenian Apostolic Church. I feel incredibly privileged to have been appointed as your Rector. Ella and I cannot wait to be with you and to get to know you.

I was born and grew up in County Durham on a family farm. After university I worked on the farm for many years before starting to work in Europe. While working in Romania I met Ella and since we married we have lived in a number of European countries. In each of them we have combined my work as a diplomat with establishing Anglican congregations (in our spare time!); I am sure that some of our experiences will be referred to in sermons and newsletters in the parish in the coming weeks and months!

Ella is a communications specialist, and loves singing, sewing, carpet making and basically all crafts. My background is in agriculture and theology and I love gardening and being out and about in God's nature. I am also a (not very fast) runner so don't be surprised to see me in t-shirt and shorts as well as in a cassock! Most of all we love to serve God and to be with people. Please pray for us as we prepare to pack all of our bits and pieces and move to Buxted and Hadlow Down.

See you very soon!

Fr. John


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

Pages in this website are frequently updated, so please visit our site regularly. If you have any comments, please send them to the webmaster .   

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.



From the Bishop of Lewes:

“Churches are built on vision. If they close, it is often because of lack of money. Money is a two-edged sword: it’s an essential re-source for effective mission, but lack of money in a community or a household can generate a lot of worry. This is why our diocese is so committed to the Parish Giving Scheme. While not pretending to be a magic solution to parish financial worries, it is such a help to the management of regular donor income that I cannot help but commend it to you. The diocese has provided local parishes with this powerful mechanism as a sign of our commitment to Christian growth in local communities. Please use it!”

Please click on PGS to see details of how you can join

GIVING - please also visit our Giving pages to find out more about giving (Time, Talents, and Money) to the Parish and the community 

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





As the PCC continues to work on reducing our financial deficit, we are looking for help in a number of areas. At the moment we are particularly keen to find people who could:  1) Review the cost of our utility bills and check the market to see if we could get cheaper electricity, etc, from another supplier(s).  2) Review our printing costs, to see if we could find a cheaper way to produce our notice sheets and service sheets, and/or if we could reduce the volume of printing we do.  3) Help the social committee to organise fund raising events, like the Buxted Pre-loved table top sale.

If you think you could help in any way then please contact Fiona Hedges on 01825 731970 or or speak to a PCC member. Thank you!

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 

NEW RECTOR. Please see the full announcement near the top of this page.

He will take up the post in October.

HARVEST CELEBRATIONS. The Harvest Thanksgiving Services at all three churches were held on Sunday 25 September. Many thanks to you for your donations of food and collections made at the services.  This year, half of the collections taken at the Harvest Services will go to the Diocesan Harvest Appeal with the other half being retained by the parish to help meet the running costs of the churches

ST MARY’S CLEANING ROTA. Are you able to offer a couple of hours per month keeping our recently decorated church spick and span?  If you would like to join our team of cleaners please contact Elizabeth Burditt on 01825 732362

UCKFIELD FOODBANK. The Uckfield Food Bank is feeding up to 50 local residents a month.  We are in need of volunteers with a Christian faith who are caring, warm, and personable, ready to listen and talk with clients. We also need help in our warehouse to sort and shelve incoming stock and pack food boxes. Could you give 2 hours a month to help us in either of these roles?

Contact Sharon Burt - Project Manager at  or  tel. 01825 745489

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 now available in all three churches. Please ask a sidesman for a card

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.