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 

over the last couple of years. What a privilege

to work in this ecumenical area where 

denominations seek to bring the best of our

traditions together to build God’s Kingdom

and make disciples. I have many years of 

experience working with different 

denominations in both lay and presbyteral

ministry and am pleased that I can use that in

this context. On a personal level, I am mother 

to three boys and have 6 grandchildren; I am a 

dog lover and my companion for the last 8 years

 is a bouncy Springer/Bearded Collie cross called 

Bonnie. Living in Sussex is great with so much history 

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

I thoroughly recommend it!



© Central Sussex United Area 2009