- 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.
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 is retiring 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.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Anthony Arratoon, Churchwarden 01825 732464 or click to email
NEWS OF ST MARK'S: Thanks to a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roofing Fund, considerable renovation work has taken place on St. Mark’s roof.
MESSAGE FROM JOHN CHALLIS. As I am sure you know I was once the Rector of Buxted and Hadlow Down. Jenny and I would like to let our good friends know that we are moving on to St Mary's Felpham, Bognor Regis. I start this new post in mid October. We of course welcome people to visit us there should they be down in our area
NEW FEBRUARY 2016
Please click on Parish Events to view the photos of the January Art Event for pre-school children. The resulting frieze is wonderful. It can be currently seen in St Margaret's.
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.
PARISH GIVING SCHEME (“PGS”) NEWS.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Parish News and Events
UNITED SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY 28 AUGUST. As you are aware, this will be Seymour’s last service as our organist and we hope that you will all join us for this special occasion. There will be the usual refreshments after the service
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 email@example.com or tel. 01825 745489
RIDE AND STRIDE AREA ORGANISER APPEAL. The annual Ride and Stride event is held on the second Saturday in September and there are currently five Area Organiser vacancies for which volunteers are being sought. If you are interested in being an organiser for this charity-raising event please contact Graham Pound on 01243 788265 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW RECTOR. We are pleased to announce that the Reverend John Barker has been appointed Rector of the Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down.
He will take up the post in October.
He is currently priest-in-charge of the Anglican Church in Yerevan, Armenia where he is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s emissary to Armenia. He has also been working for the European Commission.
We look forward to welcoming John and his wife Ella to our parish
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
ST. MARK’S CHURCH. At St. Mark’s Church the re-roofing is almost finished and looks excellent, and we now have all the funding and permission in place to convert the vestry into an accessible lavatory and small kitchen for which we have had a vision for so long. This is thanks to a number of grants and the generosity of local donors and organisations. The builders are able to start work on 16th June, so we are hoping that will happen. This will make an enormous difference to Church members and the school who use the Church regularly. We are also hoping that the local Community will be able to start using the Church, with the new facilities
About the Parish
The Parish was created by a pastoral scheme and came into operation on
It is administered by a single PCC.
The villages of Buxted and Hadlow Down make up the ecclesiastical parish,
There are two Church of England Primary schools in the parish:
The parish maintains close links with both schools, details of which can be
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:
To become the people of Christ.