South Downs

Welcome to the CSUA website! Changes are on the way as our new administrators Carole and Jenny get to work on it. There is so much already here, but more is coming to inspire and inform!


24 churches in villages and towns by the sea, in and around the Ashdown Forest and South Downs, the Central Sussex United Area is bounded by the towns of Haywards Heath (NW), Crowborough (NE), Newhaven (SW) and Eastbourne (SE), and symbolises the unity between denominations as we seek together to share God’s love through our mission and ministry in a variety of communities.


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  The Central Sussex United Area of 

The Methodist Church and The United Reformed Church

Rev Irena Byron                                         John Lane

Methodist Co-Leader, Rev Irena Byron                              URC Co-Leader, Mr John Lane

It has been quite a challenge working in CSUA                   I became the URC (lay) Co-Leader of

over the last couple of years. What a privilege                   the CSUA in 2018 having previously

to work in this ecumenical area where                                  been a Lloyd's Broker and Financial

denominations seek to bring the best of our                      Adviser before retiring in 2017.

traditions together to build God’s Kingdom                        Married for 48 years, my wife and I have

and make disciples. I have many years of                              4 sons and 7 grandchildren who keep us

experience working with different                                         busy.  We live in Broad Oak near

denominations in both lay and presbyteral                          Heathfield and enjoy the surrounding

ministry and am pleased that I can use that in                    beautiful countryside and views.  I am

this context. On a personal level, I am mother                   an Elder of 2 URCs and am now also a

to three boys and have 6 grandchildren; I am a                  Trustee of Cornerstone a vibrant SCLEP

dog lover and my companion for the last 8 years              in Uckfield as well as Chair of Trustees

 is a bouncy Springer/Bearded Collie cross called              at Brighthelm, Brighton.  In my spare

Bonnie. Living in Sussex is great with so much history     time I am a local organiser for 

(my favourite subject) and plenty of places to walk.         Christian Aid.

I thoroughly recommend it!



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