This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.


Notices in brief...

For more information, please see our Notices page


Chilbolton Auction of Promises

Friday 28th April at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

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The Reverend David Mapes

The Reverend David Mapes is leaving ministry in the Downs Benefice and will explore other ministry opportunities in the Church (Diocese). He will be leading workship in the five parishes in April and May and in other ministry settings to enable goodbyes to be said.

Sparsholt 100 Club

The first Prize Draw wil take place on Friday 5th May at The Plough Inn, 6.45pm for 7.00pm. Please come along and bring a friend with you.

Littleton Safari Supper

The popular Safari Supper, in aid of Church funds, will be held on Saturday 20th May. 

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Alauda String Quartet Concert

Saturday 27th May at 7.30pm, St Peter and Holy Corss, Wherwell.

 Please go to Notices for further information 

Quiristers of Winchester College

Concert at St Catherine's Church Littleton - Saturday 6th May 2017 at 7.00pm

This candlelit concert by the Quiristers of Winchester College (Malcolm Archer, Director, and Jamal Sutton, organ) will include church music and a lighter secular repertoire.

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 A Spring Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

Following the success of our Autumn meditation, we are now offering three further meditations on the lives of St Anselm, George Herbert and Bishop J V Taylor.

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Benefice Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - 5-14th September 2017

It has been decided not to pursue the idea of a Benefice Pilgrimage this year. However Revd Jax will still be going to Jerusalem for 4 nights during this period and has suggested that anyone who might like to join her would be most welcome. For further information please go to Notices 

St Catherine's, Littleton - car-ferry system

St Catherine's currently provide a car-ferry system to enable Sunrise residents and our regular congregation (who temporarily or permanently cannot drive) to attend Sunday Services. Please go to Notices for further information

East Africa Crisis Appeal

16 million people in East Africa are on the brink of starvation and urgently need food, water and medical treatment in South Sudan, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia following the strongest El Nino on record.

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A prayer request from Revd Jax

"Please pray for those candidates from across the Benefice who are currently in training as Lay Worship Leaders, Parish Missioners and Parish Visitors.Please go to Notices for further information

Sparsholt 100 Club 

The Sparsholt 100 Club aims to raise funds to help keep the church open and well maintained by holding a lottery for residents local to Sparsholt.

Tools for Transformation

Simple and practical ways for your church to care for God's earth.

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 Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.

The Silver Line A helpline for older people

0800 4 70 80 90.  The only national, free and confidential helpline for older people

Winchester Live at Home Scheme

The WLAHS currently supports over 300 older people in Winchester and the surrounding villages. If you would like to help contact the SLAHS office on 01962 890995/website

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 8th May

 Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

A warm welcome to The Downs Benefice

This Downs Benefice lies to the north-west of Winchester, former Capital City of England

In this Benefice we welcome everyone to our altars during communion.
Communicant members from all denominations are most welcome and others are invited for a blessing.

There are five Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice...

The Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ 

The church is  a prominent building within the village of Chilbolton and is well supported by the community. The name St Mary-the-Less is somewhat of a mystery and it is not really known to which St Mary the church is dedicated. The church was built in the 12th century and extensive alterations have been made over the years. ..more


St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

          Church Lane Sparsholt Hampshire SO21 2NJ

The church, a typical Hampshire structure of flint and stone, is very prominent on raised ground in the centre of the village. Pagan inhabitants may have used the site for worship before the Saxons constructed a simple wooden building, which began the tradition of Christian worship in that place. Its dedication to St Stephen is not common in the British Isles....more

St Mary's Crawley

           Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ 


St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

               Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Standing on the site of a royal religious foundation, Wherwell church has a long history stretching back to Saxon times...more 


St Catherine's Littleton

   Main Road, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QY

It has been said that there is evidence of a church on the existing site for over a thousand years...more