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 

Harvest Thanksgiving Weekend in our Parish

This weekend will be very busy in the parish as we combine our annual services of harvest thanksgiving with a very significant harvest themed Flower Festival at St Margaret’s. All details are presented below. 


As we approach this weekend it is pertinent to reflect for a moment on the history of such thanksgiving. Historically in England, the initial Harvest Festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the Harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning 'loaf Mass'. Farmers made loaves of bread from the new wheat crop and gave them to their local church. They were then used as the Communion bread during a special mass thanking God for the harvest. This is the basis of our tradition of having a bread based sheaf at the altar for our harvest services. Interestingly, in Armenia grape farmers even up to today cannot begin their harvest until the priest has visited the vines and conducted a similar service of blessing and thanksgiving.


The end of the harvest season was celebrated with a big meal called a Harvest Supper, traditionally eaten on Michaelmas Day. A goose stuffed with apples was eaten along with a variety of vegetables. Goose Fairs were and still are held in English towns at this time of year. Nottingham has a huge Fair whose origins date back to trading geese to be eaten at the end of Harvest Supper.


The tradition of celebrating the end of harvest with a service of thanksgiving in churches as we know it today began in 1843, when the Reverend Robert Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service for the harvest at his church at Morwenstow in Cornwall. Victorian hymns such as "We plough the fields and scatter", "Come ye thankful people, come" and "All things bright and beautiful" have helped to popularise his idea of harvest festival and spread the annual custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the Harvest Festival service.


This weekend as we make our Harvest Thanksgivings throughout the parish we have the added extra of the Flower Festival in St Margaret’s running for all three days. The theme of the Flower Festival is “For the Beauty of the Earth”. This is a wonderful hymn; its words remind us of the most precious gifts that God gives us: nature, love, family, friends, and our church. It is therefore a perfect focus for our harvest weekend.


Services and activities in the parish:

FRIDAY 21 September

Flower Festival all day in St Margaret’s. Refreshments available throughout the day.

9:15am Friends and Family Harvest Assembly at St Mark’s

10:30am Parish Craft Club meets at St Mark’s

11:00am Stepping Stones Pre-School Group Harvest Thanksgiving at St Mary’s

7:30pm Harvest Supper in Buxted Cricket Pavillion

SATURDAY 22 September:

Flower Festival all day in St Margaret’s. Refreshments available throughout the day.

SUNDAY 23 September:

Flower Festival all day in St Margaret’s. Refreshments available throughout the day.

8:00am BCP Communion at St Margaret’s

9:00am Harvest Festival at St Mark’s

10:00am Harvest Festival at St Margaret’s

11:15am Harvest Festival at St Mary’s

12:30pm Harvest Lunch at St Mark’s School

6:00pm Choral Evensong with Songs of Praise at St Margaret’s



 Tea in the Garden - Saturday 1 September in the Rectory Garden.  

This was a great success and raised £900 for parish funds. please visit Parish Events to see some photos taken by Ella.

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  



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