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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.
[Please be advised that as work is currently ongoing to refurbish the church organ, the building is only open for Sunday services – to learn more about the ongoing refurbishment click organ project. ]

We share a Rector with Betchworth, our neighbouring village. Each Parish church has its own Church Council (PCC) and two Churchwardens. Following the departure of Revd Anna Moore on 23 October 2022, we are in the Interregnum awaiting the appointment of a new Rector.

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 ordinarily held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month with services on the first and third Sunday held at Betchworth. Please check the latest parish magazine for details of services being held over the next month. Other services including baptisms, weddings, blessings and funerals are arranged by request. 

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