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. Marys Church 

Father David will be celebrating his 40th anniversary of priesting on Sunday 2nd July. There will be a United Parish Eucharist at 11.00 am at St Mary's. The preacher will be Bishop Nicholas Reade, assistant bishop in the Diocese of Chichester and the Diocese in Europe, former Bishop of Blackburn. All are welcome to attend this special occasion.    



Get your noses in the roses!

Saturday 1st July 2017  Click here for more details

The Hadlow Down Village Festival begins on Saturday 17 June 

The Village Fayre on Saturday 17 June is the launch of the Hadlow Down Festival.  If you receive the Buxted Messenger then you should by now have received a copy of the Hadlow Down Festival booklet.  There are many activities organised for this month.  Keep up to date with festival events at 

Open the Book

Open The Book: Reading bible stories in our two village schools. A number of people have said that they are interested to visit our two local schools to read (as a group) bible stories for the children.


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


DEMELZA HOSPICE CARE FOR CHILDREN. With one further promise still to come, it looks like the final Lent offerings total for Demelza will be £516.54. Many thanks to all who contributed to this appeal.

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 .

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

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