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 

Remembering Our Heroes: Community Fayre and Tea

St Mark's School - Hadlow Down

We are all invited to the annual Community Tea at St Mark’s School Hadlow Down this coming Friday 19th October from 2pm onwards to walk round the school and to share, with the children, their learning this term. Those visiting Red Admirals (Years 5/6) are invited to bring stories of their relations who lived through WW1 and to bring any photographs, letters, medals, memorabilia etc to share with the children as they are involved in our Heritage Lottery Funded project this term ‘Remembering our Heroes’. (Please remember to bring some loose change as the school is trying to raise some money for their School Fund which enables them to offer the children a few special extras.)

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.

Music for a Sunday Afternoon at St Margaret's

On Sunday 28th October at 4pm Nicola Stock along with her friends Naomi Goodall, Charlotte Munro and Julian Davis invite us to join them for an hour of music followed by tea and cake in St Margaret’s Church. All proceeds will be donated to help maintain the three churches of the Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down Parish.

Theatre Returns to St Mary’s!

Please remember to come along this Friday

After the success of last year’s extremely popular theatrical production at St Mary’s we are following up with a play called “Brilliance”, which is made especially for production in church halls. Please mark in your diaries Friday 19th October at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £6 for students and you can get them by emailing Liz Colvin or calling 07734947509 . The action will all be based in St Mary’s Church Hall and the show will start at 7.45pm. Before the show and during the interval drinks and refreshments will be available in St Mary’s Church. Please do get your tickets and come along for an entertaining evening that will help 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.

Harvest Thanksgiving Weekend in our Parish

An enormous thank you to everybody who worked so hard to make our combined Harvest and Flower Festival weekend such a success. In particular, I want to thank Jan (and by implication Homer) Cox and her huge team of helpers who set up the Flower Festival and manned it throughout the weekend. The Choral Evensong on Sunday was superb, a fitting finale to all the different activities where we thanked God for His gifts in creation. Our combined parish choir sang beautifully-many thanks to them also! All of the funds raised over the weekend are going to support our Diocese Harvest Appeal and our Parish Funds. As soon as we have approximate figures we will let you know. 

Harvest and Flower Festival Weekend: the final figures are in!

The Flower Festival raised around £2000 for parish funds and £500 for the MacMillan Nurses charity. Our various Harvest services and social activities raised around £1700; this will be shared between our Diocese Harvest Appeal and our parish funds. Well done everybody and thank you God! 

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

Dear All,

By popular request, the walking group will resume its meetings next Wednesday, 3rd October. Please meet in the St Mary’s car park at 10.30 if you wish to join us for a combination of exercise and fellowship followed by coffee. Please spread the word to anybody who you think could be interested to join us.

This year I am thinking to meet occasionally on different weekdays as I know that there is no single weekday that suits everybody who would like to join us. 

Best Wishes,  Fr John

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