St Mary the Virgin Church

St Mary the Virgin Church is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Buckland.  Its physical presence, on the south side of the A25, complements Buckland Village Green and provides a distinctive landmark for those passing through the village.

Buckland Church on a summers day
St Mary’s Buckland 2009

Our village church is a Grade II Listed Building, believed to have been built c.1380 and is a fine example of a Victorian restoration by the noted architect Henry Woodyer.

The church sits within a well-tended churchyard, is opened every day and thereby offers a quiet sanctuary for everyone to enjoy.

We share a Rector with Betchworth, our neighbouring village. Each Parish church has its own Church Council (PCC) and two Churchwardens.

Our Rector, the Rev’d Anna Moore, was inducted and licensed by the Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, on the 10th April at St Michael’s Betchworth as Rector of the United Benefice of Betchworth and Buckland.  It was a lovely occasion with a full church including members of Anna’s family, friends from St Marks Reigate where she was the curate, many members of both congregations and local civic dignitaries including Nigel Husband (Chairman, Buckland Parish Council) who formally welcomed her. Anna and her family live in the Rectory at Betchworth.Buckland and its integration with the village.

The PCC publishes the Buckland Parish Magazine and volunteers distribute each monthly issue to those living in the village and others who have requested it.

The PCC is responsible for maintaining the fabric of the church and receives important support from the Friends of St Mary’s who raise funds to help ensure the building continues to be a community asset of which the village can be proud.

A project is currently underway to restore our church organ to full working order to ensure it remains at the heart of the church for at least another hundred years. To learn more about the project click organ project.

Services are held each Sunday and other services including baptisms, weddings, blessings and funerals are arranged by request.  Details of special church services and events can be viewed by visiting whats on at Buckland and Betchworth. Buckland Reading Room, our village hall, is leased from Buckland Estates by the PCC and managed on its behalf by the Reading Room Management Committee.

Click St Mary the Virgin Buckland to visit the church web site if you would like to read more about the history of the church, to consider ways in which you could become involved in church life or to contact the Churchwardens and Rector