Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

  • Buxted
  • East Sussex

St Margaret the Queen, Buxted


St. Margarets Church

A very warm welcome to the pages for our 13th century church of St Margaret the Queen, situated in the beautiful 312 acres of Buxted Park

St Mary’s Patronal Festival 

We will celebrate this on Sunday, 12th August, with a United Parish Mass at 11.00 at St Mary’s. We will welcome as visiting preacher Canon John Twisleton. Immediately following the service there will be a bring-and-share lunch in St Mary’s Hall. Please do make every effort to be there on Sunday, all gifts of food will be most welcome also.

Diocese of Chichester, Uckfield Deanery, Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

 ORGANIST and CHOIR LEADER for St. Margaret the Queen Church, Buxted Park

We are looking for an enthusiastic organist and choir leader to maintain and enhance the musical life of our beautiful 13th century church.

There is one choir-led service each Sunday: Mattins, Parish Eucharist or Evensong.  A small music group usually accompanies the monthly All Age Service.  Choir practice is currently on Friday evenings. In addition there are special services on Good Friday and at Christmas.  Salary will follow RSCM guidelines and may be enhanced by an average of 12-15 weddings a year, as well as funerals. 

The organ is a 2 manual and pedal 1909 Bevington tracker action organ, enlarged in 1970 to 11 speaking stops.

To find out more about our friendly church community, please read these pages or look at our Parish of Buxted & Hadlow Down Facebook page Small Facebook link

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Anthony Arratoon, Churchwarden   01825 732464  or click to  email 

Our style of worship is best described as middle-of-the-road Anglican.  The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is used for 8:00 am and weekday communions, mattins and evensong.  Common Worship (CW) is used for Parish Eucharist.  St Margaret's also has informal All-age services.

For a baptism, marriage or funeral at St. Margaret's, please link to baptism  or to marriage or to funeral.


St Margaret's Sunday Club:   

The Sunday Club at St. Margaret’s meets on the first Sunday of most months during the Parish Eucharist. Children will spend part of the service with their parent or carer in church and part of the service in the belfry taking part in a variety of activities, learning more about the teachings of Jesus. Children of all ages are welcome.

It is hoped to involve a team of people in running the new Club, not just volunteers to run activities on the Sundays, but also people who would like to help by preparing teaching resources. If you have time, for example, to cut out shapes from card, to type instructions or help in any other practical way, please contact Katharine Arratoon.

Signs Rhymes and Chimes

This term-time-only group is for babies and toddlers, and their parents or carers, and is held on Monday mornings from 10-11 am in St Margaret's Church.  You can consult the Google calendar at the top of this page, or the Sunday Pew Sheet.  If you would like to come and bring your baby/toddler to join in an hour of singing, story-telling, and baby-signing, then contact Lindsay George for more details. Suggested voluntary contribution: £2 per session per family.

The pattern of services at St Margaret's

  8.00 am


  Holy Communion  BCP


 A quiet, reflective service celebrating the Lord's Supper.
 There is no 8.00 am service on 4th Sunday

 10.00 am


  Parish Eucharist  CW 

 Celebration of the Lord's Supper with sermon and hymns. The children's Sunday Club will usually happen during this service.



  Mattins  BCP

 Sung Morning Prayer with sermon 



 All-age Service

 An informal service with participation of our younger members and the Music group.  May include Holy Communion.



 Parish Eucharist CW

 Celebration of the Lord's Supper with sermon and hymns. No children's Sunday Club at this service.



 United Parish Eucharist

 Please consult the calendar for each church, or the Buxted Messenger.

  6.00 pm


 Evensong  BCP

 Sung Evening Prayer with sermon


NB:  When one of the churches celebrates its Patronal Festival then there is just one Sung Eucharist at 11:00 for the whole parish in the relevant church.  Details on these services will be found, at the appropriate time, on the calendar seen on the main page of each church.

Visitors of all ages are welcome at our services.  Please see the note above about help preparing resources for St Margaret's Sunday Club. We have an area set aside at the back of the church where children may colour themed pictures, or read etc. Children may also be encouraged to participate in both the Parish Eucharists and the United Parish Eucharist.

All members of the congregation are warmly welcome to share in coffee etc and fellowship after the 10.00 am Sunday services.


10.00 am 


 Holy Communion

 Followed by fellowship


From time to time there will be special services and joint celebrations with the other two churches in the parish.  Please go to the Occasional Services page to see brief details of these special services.  They will all be visible in the respective church calendars

Buxted Church of England Primary School has direct links with St Margaret's Church.  One of the aims of the school is to encourage the development of a Christian ethos and values.  Collective worship is carried out daily.  The Rector attends the weekly assemblies.

The school uses the church at Easter, harvest, and for end-of-summer leavers' services. At Christmas it is used for carol services and nativity plays.  All of these services are always well attended by parents and visitors.