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

 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 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 


I add new items to this page EVERY week.  Please remember to scroll down the page, or you may miss some interesting information.


Dear All,

Wherever you will be these coming days I hope that you will have a peaceful and blessed time. Ella and I thank you all for your support, encouragement, and kindness throughout the year. We appreciate it greatly.

On Friday I had a very positive meeting with a liaison officer from Wealden District Council. We discussed different ways in which our congregations and the wider parish can support the three refugee families (soon to be four) that are living in this area. I am delighted to tell you that we have used the £125 raised at our recent concert (organised by the Mayes family) to buy a microwave and two living room rugs. The microwave, at least, will reach one of the families in time for Christmas.

In the new year I will share ideas and opportunities for continuing support to these families. This will include visiting to help them improve their English, inviting them to participate in our parish functions and activities, as well as sharing our no longer needed household goods and clothing. For now, let us thank God that we have these families living in our community and that we are able to help them make a new start in their lives.

Fr John

"THANK YOU FROM THE RECTOR AND ELLA. In recent days we have received many cards and gifts from members of our three congregations. Thank you to you all, particularly for the warm words of love and encouragement. We appreciate them greatly. We both wish you all a most wonderful and blessed Christmas time."

 Chichester Year of Prayer

Click here to view Year of Prayer 2018 document


Thank you for giving this Advent!

During the first three Sundays of Advent in each of the three churches in the parish we placed a free-will giving plate at the entrance to the church at every normal service. I am delighted to confirm that we reached our target of free-will giving of £500, which we have doubled from parish funds. Our Treasurer has sent a cheque for £1000 to the DEC Appeal for Rohingyan refugees. 

This does not replace our tradition of supporting Crisis. Our collections at the Carol Service and sterling efforts by the carol singers in Hadlow Down have together raised £500 that we have sent to Crisis to provide Christmas lunches and other provisions for those who need support this Christmas time. The carol singers raised over £160 and even more importantly we were able to meet new people in Hadlow Down who are now asking when we will have services so that they might come along.

Here is an idea for a New Year’s resolution. Whichever church you attend, if you notice somebody that you don’t know sitting nearby please make them welcome and help them to feel part of our community.


Advent House Group 

On Wednesday 13th December at 7:30pm we held a House Group as a trial to see if there is enthusiasm for regular house group meetings in 2018. This meeting was led by the Rector to discuss and explore the theme of the true meaning of Advent. This would be the only meeting led by the Rector. Future groups would be lay-led and held in homes around the parish. If you would like to attend  then please let the Rector know so that we have an approximate indication of numbers.


HELPER(S) REQUIRED. We really need the help of one or two people for a maximum of one to two hours per week, at any convenient time, to help with office administration. This is principally operating the church photocopier to print our weekly pew sheets and orders of service for special occasions - of which we will have a number throughout the Christmas season. This could also include setting up the files on the computer using Word and Excel. If you think you could help, please do let the Rector know and we can meet to discuss in more detail.


LAPTOP OR DESKTOP COMPUTER NEEDED. Our current parish desktop stopped working and is of such an age that it almost certainly does not justify further investment in repairs. We do not need a state of the art machine, simply a computer where we can run Microsoft Office for parish administration, particularly preparing for weddings and the weekly printing of pew sheets and orders of service. If you think you can help then please do let me know.

2017 SHOEBOX APPEAL. On Monday 6 November a large group of volunteers gathered in St Margaret’s and put together our incredible response to this year’s shoebox appeal. More boxes arrived at the Rectory, and on Friday over 40 boxes were delivered to Newick to be part of the Link to Hope 2017 delivery to a number of countries in Eastern Europe. Thank you so much to everybody who has responded, and in particular to Jill Johnstone and the members of the Monday Signs Rhymes and Chimes group who worked really hard to pack and prepare the boxes.



RECENTLY IN THE PARISH. The Friends of St Margaret’s recently organized a jazz evening in church. We were richly entertained by the Sussex Stompers and as well as having a great evening we were able to raise £1265 towards the costs of maintaining our Christian witness in the parish. Thank you to everybody who helped to organize this great evening. 

Our newly formed parish crafts group exhibited some of their work at the Hadlow Down Christmas Market. Sales of products raised almost £60 for parish funds. Well done ladies

In the last few weeks we have held two fund raising concerts in the parish. I am delighted to report that the concert at St Mary’s by the Ashdown Singers raised £171 and the one in St Margaret’s by Nicola Stock and her brother and friend raised £385. Thank you to everybody who helped to make both concerts a success.

IMPROMPTU CONCERT. Friday 14 November our very own soloist, Tina Gelnere, gave an impromptu informal recital in St Margaret’s as part of her preparations for interviews for advanced musical and vocal training and study. It was a wonderful evening and at the end almost £90 was raised for parish funds. Good luck with the interviews Tina


What a wonderful evening at the Buxted Parish Quiz. Over one hundred people there, and it seemed that everybody enjoyed themselves. Huge thanks to Dom for setting the questions and taking on the thankless task of being quizmaster. Also many thanks to the ladies who produced a superb supper and generally masterminded an excellent evening. This year's winners were the team Fair Warped - well done them, closely followed by the Surgery Starlets.

And here are three of the photos taken at the event:










The parish walking group met again at the end of November at St Mark's and 13 intrepid souls supported by 2 dogs set off for an energising and spiritually uplifting walk in the vicinity. At the end we were able to enjoy refreshments in church, another chance to appreciate the wonderful kitchen facilities that we now have at St Mark's. I am delighted to report also that a newly formed Cub Group is now meeting in church every Monday evening and the first session two days ago went really well. It is so good that our church can be available to the wider community as well as for worship.

If you would like to blow away those January blues and/or burn off some of the Christmas calories then join us for our walk on Wednesday morning 17 January. We will meet in St Mary’s car park at 10 30 and walk for about three miles before finishing off with a hot drink in the Rectory. Hope to see you there.

If you would like to take part or to get more information please email Fr John or telephone 01825 733103


CHILDREN’S CHOIR. The Children’s Choir resumed on Tuesday 12 September. We meet every Tuesday during school term times for one hour from 16.00 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)  LEGACIES POLICY. Please click to see how you can help

2) PARISH GIVING SCHEME. More than half the C of E dioceses are now in this scheme and Chichester diocese leads the field with more donors and churches active than any other diocese in the country. Our parish was one of the first to enrol, but we are always looking for more parishioners to join. 

Are you a PGS member?  Existing members wishing to change their gift, or any other details, should contact the PGS team directly and not their bank. This can easily be done by telephone to 01452 835595 or by email to  quoting your PGS reference number. For further details, contact Homer Cox on 01825 732321


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



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