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 

Thank you, Anthony! 

Anthony Arratoon has completed seven years of sterling service to God and this parish and has now retired as Church Warden. We were able to say thank you to Anthony (and to Katharine) following the Patronal Festival in St Margaret’s earlier this month. Anthony and Katharine received two fruit trees and a rose bush for their garden and additional donations will be transformed into gift tokens so that they can buy something(s) of their choice as a token of our appreciation.

We welcome back Paul Dillon-Robinson as Church Warden alongside Duncan Irvine.

Beating the Bounds

On Saturday 23 June we walked the bounds of the former Buxted parish. We were blessed with beautiful weather and good walking conditions. A goodly number of people joined us as we maintained the ancient tradition and many other people worked hard; ensuring transport to and from the various staging points as well as providing refreshments in St Margaret’s throughout the day. Well done and thank you to all those who took part!

Tea in the Garden

On Sunday 14th July from 3pm to 6pm the Myers family invite you their home, 11 Forest Park Maresfield TN22 2NA for tea, coffee, and cakes in their wonderful garden. There is no set charge, but all donations will be most gratefully received for Parish Funds.



Please click here to read a document produced by the PCC to demonstrate how the parish is complying with the GDPR, which came into force on May 25 2018.  This document details how the parish deals with your personal data 

Plans for the Future Following the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

We  discussed revising and hopefully streamlining the ways in which we organise and manage our parish affairs. These changes were approved and so we now start the process of setting up different teams and finding individuals to take responsibility for different tasks. Our aim is that we will have more people involved so that each job carries less responsibility and hopefully the time commitment will be manageable in all cases. Paul Dillon-Robinson is working hard now to prepare a list of roles and a description of what each post will entail. This will circulated as soon as it is ready. In the meantime please start to think about what you may be able to do. This is our parish, and if we all work together then the parish will flourish and grow

Or will it? I have received comments that the planned changes may result in the same people doing more jobs. In reality, how it ends up depends on us all. I have been enormously encouraged in the days following the annual meeting; receiving enquiries from a number of people who until now have not been involved in our church activities in a formal way. To turn our plans into reality we need many more people to do the same. Do you value the three churches in the parish? Do you want them to be there for yourselves and your families when you next plan a baptism, wedding or other event? Do you want to have a full time Rector active around the parish? If you do, then over to you. What can you do to help our parish run even more effectively? What can your friends do also if they think the same as you?

I will close by paraphrasing the immortal words of John F Kennedy at his inauguration: “ask not what your church can do for you, ask what you can do for your church”. Whatever it is, I assure you that it will be pleasing to God. If you would like to discuss this further please let me know.

Thy Kingdom Come 

On Monday 14 May at St Mark’s Bishop Richard gave us a very brief introduction to Thy Kingdom Come. This is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. It started in 2016 as an initiative of the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York to the Church of England. In two years it has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The objectives are that:

·people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;

·churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of   the world;

·people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

In our Diocese, Bishop Richard Jackson is leading our response to the Archbishops’ call in 2018. Our visit yesterday evening was part of his five-day pilgrimage across the Diocese during which he will lead worship in 50 churches. For the first three days he is travelling using his motor bike and on Thursday and Friday he will walking the final stages, reaching Chichester Cathedral for a final service of prayers and thanksgiving on Friday evening. From tomorrow there will be a specially set aside prayer space in the Cathedral for five days. In the evening of Pentecost Sunday, 20 May, Bishop Richard will lead worship at the Cathedral again, with music, worship, prayers and sharing of experiences of God’s work in parishes across the Diocese.

As part of the Diocesan Year of Prayer 2018 there will be Pilgrimages to Chichester Cathedral from each of the four Archdeaconries. The Hastings Archdeaconry Pilgrimage will be on Saturday 15 September. We are invited to meet up at Hunston at 13.30 and walk to the Cathedral along the canal path with brief prayer stations at various points. The pilgrimage will begin with prayers at the start of the canal walk at Hunston. If you are unable to walk that far you can meet up later with the walkers in the Bishops Gardens at the Cathedral. At 15.00 there will be a Eucharist in the Cathedral, led by Bishop Richard. The Eucharist will be ‘stational’ with the nave cleared of chairs except for a few places for the infirm to sit in key areas of the Cathedral. There will be activities for children during the Eucharist. Refreshments: after the service there will be a “bring and share tea” either in Paradise or on the south west lawn. If wet we could use the cloisters. Drinks will be provided

yr of prayer

Click here to view Year of Prayer 2018 document


parish walk

.Beating the Bounds  On Saturday 23 June we walked the bounds of the former Buxted parish. We were blessed with beautiful weather and good walking conditions. A goodly number of people joined us as we maintained the ancient tradition and many other people worked hard; ensuring transport to and from the various staging points as well as providing refreshments in St Margaret’s throughout the day. Well done and thank you to all those who took part!

A Serious Walker in Our Midst Rob Thorpe has just completed his latest Coast to Coast Walk (around 200 miles of walking literally up hill and down dale!). Well done Rob! Some members of the congregation have sponsored him already in his efforts to raise money for Dementia UK. If you would like to sponsor him also it is still not too late. Let me know if you need more details or else contact Fiona or Rob directly.

If you would like to take part on one of our regular walks or to get more information please email Fr John or telephone 01825 733103  



1)  LEGACIES POLICY. Please click to see how you can help


This is the Church of England’s preferred scheme for giving to your parish in the 21st Century. It already operates in 22 dioceses nationally, with over 26,000 donors in some 1,500 parishes. Our parish joined PGS in 2012 and currently has 62 members, but we are seeking for more parishioners to join the scheme, to confirm their commitment to the parish.

We have recently updated our PGS information pack, which contains full details of this excellent scheme. To request one, please ask any church officer, who will arrange for one to be sent to you.

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 2018 The 2017 (for 2018) Annual Report and Financial Statements can be viewed by clicking here