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St. Margaret's & St. Michael's Christmas events.

    Sunday 2nd December 10.00 am      Saturday 15th December 3 – 5.00 pm
      St. Nicholas – Santa Claus
     Toy Service & Christingle
     Messy Christmas for Families
                St. Margaret's Isfield                 Isfield Village Hall
  • Meet & hear about St.Nicholas
  • Look for the special penny
  • Bring toys as presents for needy children  
  • Receive your Christingles
  • Coffee
  • Mince Pies
  • Make Christmas crackers
  • Make Christmas sweets
  • Make tree decorations
  • Make presents
  • Carols and songs
  • Tea and treats
      Sunday 16th December 6.00 pm
  • A service of Carols and Readings
    for Christmas
To reserve a place call 07792 240 684
or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Christmas Services 2018

Church of the Holy Cross Uckfield  St.Michael & All Angels Little Horsted
Sunday 9th December Christmas Eve
Festival of Christmas Trees Service 4.30 pm Midnight Mass 10.00 pm
Sunday 16th December Christmas Day
Open Doors All Age Christingle Service 10.00 am Family Christmas Eucharist 10.00 am
Nine Lessons and Carols 5.30 pm  
  St.Margaret of Antioch Isfield
Christmas Eve Christmas Eve
Crib Service 4.00 pm Midnight Mass 11.30 pm
Midnight Mass 11.30 pm  
  Christmas Day
Christmas Day Family Christmas Eucharist 10.00 am
Eucharist for Christmas Day 8.00 am  
Parish Eucharist for Christmas Day 10.00 am

Festival of Christmas Trees 2018

On the evening of Thursday 6th December the Mayor of Uckfield formally launched the Festival by switching on the lights of the large Christmas Tree and exterior lighting of the Church – all created by the “Off the Wall Entertainment” production company. 

Then over the course of the Festival some five thousand six hundred people visited the Church of the Holy Cross to see the eleventh annual Festival of Christmas Trees, and it is doubtful whether anyone would disagree that this was one of the most colourful displays of Christmas tree decorating that has so far been seen in the Church. 
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The Church welcomed visitors from as far afield as the Sussex and Hampshire boundary, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, and a considerable number from across the Kent boundary.

This Festival, to a great degree, retains the traditional methods of tree decorating. 
However, the Sponsors are very much encouraged to be creative and innovative, and this year was no exception. 
One incredibly ingenious display was titled “A Woodlands Critters Christmas” which had been many months in planning and development – visit the photo gallery to see some illustrations. Another wonderfully innovative decorated tree, that caught the eye of many people, was “Alphabition Calligraphy” (by Weald Scribes).

Photographs of the Trees featured in this 
year’s Festival can be viewed in the Church’s website Photo Gallery. This can be accessed via the main Menu Bar at the top of this page, or see the link below. One hundred and two displays featured in the Festival and their sponsorship was by a complete cross section of Uckfield’s community – schools, businesses, voluntary organisations and associations, community support groups as well as individuals and families.
 Tree Festival 2018 - Click to enlarge
During Friday afternoon visitors were entertained by John Pontefract - singer and guitarist, Bernard Tagliavini – performer and singer, and Sean Martin – organist. Children could have their face painted by Pretty Fantastic Faces on both the Friday and Saturday afternoons. Saturday morning Uckfield FM undertook an Outside Broadcast within the Church and interviewed visitors and broadcast their interviews. 
 Tree Festival 2018 - Click to enlarge

During the course of day visitors were entertained by Alan Lannaghan – pianist, and in the Sanctuary the wonderful Brass Ensemble of Uckfield Concert Brass playing a selection of carols and Christmas music. Followed by organist Sean Martin playing a selection of music associated with Christmas together with organist Tim Guntrip leading a choral group singing a selection of Carols.

In the Belmont Centre Visitors were exceedingly well catered for throughout the Festival with the availability of Morning Coffee with Mince Pies, followed by Lunches, and later in the day Afternoon Teas. Plus there was the opportunity to purchase Handcraft Seasonal Gifts, Hampers, Gifts, Decorations and Homemade Preserves.

Click on this link to view photographs of the Festival.

For details of a possible 2019 Festival of Christmas Trees please visit our website later in 2019. 

Holy Cross Church Privacy Notice



(The Parochial Church Council is hereafter referred to as the PCC and Church of the Holy Cross referred to as Holy Cross)

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1. Introduction
The privacy and security of your personal information is extremely important to us. This privacy policy explains how and why we use your personal data, to make sure you stay informed and confident about giving us your information.

This Policy will be kept up to date to indicate how your personal data is used. This policy applies if you’re a supporter of Holy Cross (member, donor, volunteer, customer, employee) or use any of our services, visit our website, email, telephone or write to Holy Cross.

The Church will request the personal data that is required.

The Church will never sell your personal data, and only when necessary will your data be shared with organisations with which the Church has to work e.g. the Diocese and HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs).

Where the Church have been informed that it can claim reimbursement of income tax you have paid to the HMRC the Church is required to submit certain aspects of your personal data, namely name, address and amount against which Gift Aid is claimed. This will remain confidential between the Church and HMRC.

This Policy can be accessed on the Church website, on the Church notice board and you can request a copy from the Data Protection Lead (see section 10) or a Churchwarden.

2. Who are we?
The PCC of Holy Cross, Uckfield is the data controller. This means the PCC is responsible for how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.  The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

3. Your personal data – what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified by that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in our possession or likely to come into such possession.

Personal data is about living people and could be:

  • their name
  • address
  • medical details or banking details

Sensitive personal data is also about living people, but it includes one or more details of a data subject’s:

  • racial or ethnic origin
  • political opinions
  • religion
  • membership of a trade union
  • health
  • sex life
  • criminal activity

You provide us with some data in a variety of ways such as completing our Consent Form, seeking information through our Website and completing the Electoral Roll Form.

Examples of your personal data (any information which identifies you, or which can be identified as relating to you personally) are name, address, date of birth, telephone number, email address and banking details.

Part of your personal information may appear on notices displayed in the church or Belmont Centre, such as rosters, first aiders or how to seek help.

The Church may collect additional information about you (e.g. references, criminal records checks, details of emergency contacts, medical conditions etc.). This information will be retained for legal or contractual reasons, to protect the Church (including in the event of an insurance or legal claim) and for safeguarding purposes.

We do not hold any banking details of people who pay their stewardship by standing order as this is a private arrangement between the giver and their own bank

4. How do we process your personal data?
The PCC of Holy Cross, Uckfield complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining unnecessary amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure, and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We may use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area;
  • To administer membership records;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the Church;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services held at Holy Cross.
5. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
  • Explicit consent of the data subject (you are the data subject under GDPR) so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  • If data processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement your consent is implicit.
6. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

7. How long do we keep your personal data?
The Church will retain data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website[1].

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current (and which is renewed every six years); gift aid declarations records of other gifts and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

8. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCC of Holy Cross, Uckfield holds about you;
  • The right to request that the PCC of Holy Cross, Uckfield corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCC of Holy Cross, Uckfield to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability) e.g. when moving to another church;
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data;
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
9. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Policy, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

10. Contact details and/or Complaints
To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Data Protection Lead (Gillian Youngman Tel: 01825 760700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.


[1] Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: - https://www.churchofengland.org/more/libraries-and-archives/records-management-guides

Bishop Martin's Letter to Parishes

Bishop Martin's Letter to Parishes in the Diocese of Chichester

February 2018

There are two major Christian festivals in March.  They celebrate people whose response to God was tentative, but consistent. 

The first commemorates Joseph of Nazareth, the husband of Mary. The second festival celebrates Mary’s experience of the annunciation of the birth of Jesus.

Christians of earlier generations found benefit in presenting the story of Easter as the culmination of Christmas when Joseph and Mary were so prominent.

They did this through a cycle of mystery plays, the most famous of which are still performed in York, telling the Christian story from creation to judgement at the end of time.  These plays were a bridge between ordinary daily life and the drama of heaven come to earth in the Church’s liturgical worship. 

This year, an early Easter places Holy Week between the festivals of Joseph and of the annunciation.  It is one of those periodic occurrences when dates and timing become symbolic. 

Mary and Joseph are two ordinary people, from the same working town, who fall in love and get married.  In the middle of all that something incredible happens, that transforms their lives.  They become players in the divine drama of salvation. 

Their festivals stand on either side of Holy Week and they, as it were, invite us to connect with that drama through our experience today of God’s call and God’s power. 

In this Year of Prayer, my hope is that the drama of Holy Week will assume greater importance in your Christian life, and in your diary. 

I hope that you, like Joseph and Mary, will allow the call of God to draw you into the drama of salvation: not as a spectator, but as a player, or agent, who will attract others to its reality, as you renew your commitment to know, love, follow Jesus. 


Father Mitch

Following three years of Curacy, Holy Cross bids farewell to Fr. Mitch, and his family, as he prepares to become the Vicar to St. Richards and Incumbent of the Benefice of Heathfield.     Photos by Ron Hill.  
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Cutting the Cake. Hugh and Charlie Mitchell with Fr. Mitch, Mrs Mitchell, 
and The Rector
Gift Presentation. Parish Administrator Lynn Ireland, Mrs Mitchell,
Fr. Mitch and Church Warden Dee Johnson.