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. 

Christmas 2018

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Buxted and Hadlow Down Christmas Card

Giving details of services at St Margaret's, St Mary's, the Methodist Church in Buxted, and St Mark's in Hadlow Down

Some of you will already have received this card.  Please click here for a copy of the card in case you have not received the card, or have mislaid it.  

IMPORTANT: Please note the change of name AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE START TIME of the late night Christmas Eve service at St Margaret's.

Share The Magic of Music this Christmas

On Friday 21 December, from 10:30 to 11:30, St Margaret’s will host a classical concert for young children and their families with the gifted and talented harpist Fiona Hosford. Fiona will delight you and your little ones with her beautiful harp music. She will be playing some well-known pieces which your little ones may recognise and also some sublime pieces which they may not. 


Little ones are free to dance, crawl or just move around whilst you get to enjoy some musical relaxation during your busy day. There will be lots of space for little ones to roam and baby changing is available! Doors open at 10am and the concert will start at 10:30 and last about an hour.  People can now book tickets to the concert through the following link:


Tina Gelnere In Concert

A message from Tina: “On Tuesday 11th December at 7:45pm I will be hosting an evening of songs, opera arias and duets by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Rachmaninoff and others. Soprano Erin Alexander and I will be performing at St Margaret's Church in Buxted Park.  Tickets are available online, at The Buxted Inn, Gale & Woolgar and on the door. It would be wonderful if you could join us!”


Opportunity for Confirmation

There will be a Confirmation Service in the Deanery on 27th January 2019  at St Mary’s, Newick at 12:00. If anybody is interested in discussing becoming a full member of the Church of England let me know please. I would be delighted to discuss in more detail what this means.  Fr John 


London Marathon 2019

Thank you to those who have already made a pledge to sponsor me! My giving page is up and running. Here is the link:

All that I raise will be divided equally between our Parish and MacMillan Cancer Support. If you pay UK tax then please click on Gift Aid so that whatever you give will be increased by 25%. Please spread the word so that my self-inflicted pain can really make a difference to supporting those with cancer and to the life and witness of our parish.

2019 Shoebox Appeal

Thank you to everybody who responded magnificently to our appeal for support to fill shoeboxes for those in need throughout Eastern and Central Europe. Our wonderful Signs, Rhymes, and Chimes group did some great work working alongside volunteers from our three congregations to sort, fill, pack and wrap in total 53 boxes. They went straight into the back of my car and by lunchtime Ella and I had delivered them to the packing centre of Link to Hope in Worthing. We were able to see the hard work that volunteers are doing there to make sure that the mountain of shoeboxes will be delivered to places where they will be most appreciated in time for Christmas. Thank you all!

Music at St Mary’s

The New Inn Minstrels, a group of local musicians, presented a most wonderful evening of traditional English folk music last Saturday evening in St Mary’s Church. Despite the weather, we were able to fill St Mary’s. Everybody who attended was of the same mind-it was well worth braving the weather. After expenses are taken into account, we have a surplus of £220.90 that has been paid into our parish bank account. Enormous thanks go to the musicians for giving up their evening, and even more especially to Keith Revoir who organised the evening from the beginning (literally) to the end. Well done Keith! 

 Community Lunch at St Mark’s Church

This was a delightful occasion, excellent food and a very good attendance. Funds raised will be used to sustain the activities of the TN22 Club in Hadlow Down and the parish will receive also a small donation to cover church heating costs. Roll on the next community event in St Mark’s!

yr of prayer

Click here to view Year of Prayer 2018 document


parish walk

Dear All,

In November we will meet on Tuesday mornings to give those people who have regular appointments on Wednesdays an opportunity to participate. 

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  



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.

Please also visit the Parish Policies page to view our Privacy Policy



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

2) Parish Giving Scheme

This is the Church of England’s preferred scheme for giving to your parish. PGS 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. If you would like to discuss further, please do contact the Rector directly.

Alternatively to request a pack, 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 

St Mary's Walsingham Chapel. Please visit the St Mary's pages for up-to-date news on the Chapel

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