Holy Week Services – 2021

Parish of Buxted and Hadlow Down

28th March – Palm Sunday

  8:00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s
  9:00 am Holy Communion – St. Mark’s
10.00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s
11:15 am Holy Communion – St. Mary’s

31st March – Wednesday of Holy Week

11:00 am Stations of the Cross – St. Mary’s

1st April – Thursday of Holy Week

  7:00 pm Holy Communion & Stripping of the Altar – St. Mark’s

2nd April – Good Friday 

  3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion – St. Mary’s
  6:00 pm  Good Friday Service of Words and Music – St. Margaret’s

3rd April – Holy Saturday

  7:30pm Easter Vigil – St. Mary’s

4th April – Easter Sunday

  8:00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s
  9:00 am Holy Communion – St. Mark’s
10:00 am Holy Communion – St. Margaret’s

S. Mary’s Open Day and Craft Fair 2021

This new village event dates from May 2018, when our Community Garden at the rear of the church was opened by the Archdeacon of Hastings.  We resolved at that time to stage an Open Day and Craft Fair each year during the second week of May.

The 2020 event was all ‘good to go’, with some new local sponsors and a wide range of craft stalls and exhibitors all booked.  We were of course not able to go ahead due to the lockdown restrictions.

So what are the plans for this year?  We have set a provisional date for Saturday 14th May.

I have recently contacted all concerned, and explained that soon after Easter we will review the situation as regards government guidance, and also conduct our own risk assessment.  As the event largely takes place out of doors, the prospects are perhaps more encouraging.  Everyone seems to understand that we have to ‘wait and see’, but also that a large scale event like ours needs a fair amount of forward planning by all concerned.

If we are able to go ahead, we will have a working forge, a potter’s wheel, and craft stalls in the church hall and garden.  Wally the Steam engine will be coming down from Tinker’s Park, along with the miniature railway and fairground organ.  The popular Harvey’s Beer Tent will again be in business up in the Top Field.  The church will be looking its best, and there will be an hour’s organ recital at some point during the afternoon.

We welcome two new local business sponsors this year – Crusader Vehicles and Weald Packaging.

So at this stage it’s ‘fingers crossed’, with more updates to follow.

Keith Revoir.

A tribute to Norman Longley

The following is my tribute to Norman Longley who died in December.

Norman Charles Longley

23rd November 1933 – 12th December 2020

Norman was a very private man and little is known of his early life.  He and his wife Joan spent most of their married life in Carshalton, where they raised their daughters Caroline and Sarah.  Norman’s career was in banking and it wasn’t until he retired that the family moved to Ridgewood.  Having been loyal members of their local church in Carshalton, Joan and Norman were keen to find a spiritual home in East Sussex and were thrilled when they discovered S. Mary’s.  They quickly immersed themselves into parish life, becoming active members of the PCC and the Walsingham Cell.  Norman used his banking skills as Parish Treasurer and took his duties as Deputy Churchwarden very seriously.

I first met Norman when I moved to the parish in 2009, and my feet weren’t allowed to touch the ground!  He got me involved with all aspects of life at

S. Mary’s, and I eventually joined him as a fellow Deputy Churchwarden.  I have him to thank for assisting me in the process of reintroducing pilgrimages to

S. Mary’s.      

Joan and Norman had been almost inseparable, yet when Joan died in 2015 Norman seemed to cope remarkably well.  Despite his own failing health, he was always positive and cheerful, never more so when talking about his grandchildren.  Norman believed that life is meant to be shared with others, and that life is at its brightest and best when lived in the service of others.  Service is love made visible.  Norman encapsulated that service and faithfulness, even enquiring after the health of others during the first ‘lockdown’, when his own life was drawing to a close.

Sadly, we were unable to fulfil Norman’s wishes for a Funeral Mass in church.  A Requiem Mass will be held at S. Mary’s as soon as restrictions are lifted.

May he rest in peace.

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