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. 


Taken from our Rector's regular weekly newsletter:


As we approach the centenary of the official end of the First World War, it is fitting to remember that too many of those who gave their lives in that war have no known resting places where grieving relatives can go to mourn and reflect. In our parish, we have memorials for many but not all of the servicemen who died in the First World War. However, we are doing our best, as part of the currently running grant project in Hadlow Down, to put that right.


We will be holding a number of memorial services in the parish in the period around 11th November. Here is a list, hopefully I will not miss any out. They are all open for anybody and everybody to attend:


Wednesday 7th November, starting at 14.30 in St Margaret’s Church. The children of Buxted School held a short service in St Margaret’s before visiting all of the Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard to place memorial poppies, provided by our local British Legion Branch, at each grave. We then moved to St Mary’s Churchyard to have a short act of worship in church and then placed a memorial at the Commonwealth War Grave there.


Friday 9th November at 09.15 we held a special Friends and Family Assembly in St Mark’s. We followed a similar pattern as at St Margaret’s, with worship and reflection in church and then some of the children placed memorial poppies at each of the graves as well as in the commemoration garden for those who do not have an individual grave.


Sunday 11th November

10.00 Service of Remembrance with representatives of the British Legion and local organisations at 

St Margaret’s

11.00 Service of Remembrance at St Mary’s

12.25 Prayers of commendation and silence in St Margaret’s before our bells join those of churches around the United Kingdom at 12.30 to ring out the centenary of the peace

           15.00 Service of Remembrance at St Mark’s 

Music at St Mary’s

The New Inn Minstrels, a group of local musicians, will present an evening of traditional English folk music with some instrumental surprises on Saturday 10th November at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church. Tickets are £10 and can be ordered from Keith Revoir (01825 732867). The ticket price includes a free glass of wine on entry and during the interval it will be possible to buy drinks and snacks from the bar. If you were at the opening of the Community Garden in May you will remember I am sure the beautiful music in the churchyard. This was the Minstrels (who then called themselves Fairwarp Convention). We are delighted that they have agreed to give a concert to raise funds for the Parish, and I am sure it will be an excellent evening.

 Community Lunch at St Mark’s Church

This will take place on Sunday 18th November, meeting from 12.30 for lunch at 1pm. A three course luncheon will be served for the magnificent price of £15 per person. The menu will include a chicken casserole with starter and pudding to be confirmed. Bring your own drinks. Proceeds will be donated to the TN22 Clubs. Further information by emailing Roberta Smyth or telephone 01825 830009, or if no reply email Rachel Lewis or tel 01825 830494.

Theatre Returns to St Mary’s!

What a great evening last Friday!

“Brilliance”, a play made especially for production in church halls was truly brilliant. Thank you to everybody who contributed to making the evening such a spectacular success-by attending, preparing food, providing drinks, setting up and clearing away etc. Especial thanks to Liz Colvin and Keith Revoir. As well as being a great evening, we have been able to raise funds for our work and witness in the parish.

Parish Animal Thanksgiving Service 

We held a very enjoyable and informal thanksgiving service for animals last Sunday in St Margaret’s. The animals were all extremely well behaved, as were their human friends! Because of the uncertain weather we resorted to plan B and met inside church. All went well, with good numbers attending and a good opportunity for relaxed fellowship after the service.

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. The next walk will be on Tuesday 6 November, meeting in St Margaret’s car parking area at 10.30. 

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 

Tea in the Garden - Saturday 1 September in the Rectory Garden.  This was a great success, please visit Parish Events to see some photos taken by Ella.

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