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


Notices in brief...

For all the notices and more information, please see our Notices page

In Emergency 

The office is open during regular working hours, however if you need to contact a minister in an emergency, please call either:

Revd Kevin Rogers: 07584 162 594


Benefice Office: 07857 512 053

Further information about the phone line is available


Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, for any concerns lying on your heart or to give thanks, please email the office on

All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Aug/Sept edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th July.

Family Friendly Worship and Activities across the Benefice

St. Catherine's, Littleton

Services: Families are welcome to all our services – we have an area at the back of the back with books and colouring sheets, as well as ‘wriggle bags’ for younger children. 

Toddler Group: Meets every Monday (term-time) 10am – 11.30am in the Church Room, Church Lane, Littleton. Open to all babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their carers. Join us for toys, crafts, snacks, Bible stories and singing for the little folk; tea, coffee and chat for the big folk! For more details contact Carol Coleman (01962 881886) or visit our Facebook page: 

St. Peter and Holy Cross, Wherwell

Wherwell village is lucky to have a Primary School within the village which takes children from the surrounding area. There is a close relationship between the school and the church with the Rector of Downs visiting on a regular basis, and we are pleased that the School often uses the church for its special occasions, such as Christingle, Remembrance, Harvest or Carol services.

Our Parish Church holds a short, Family Service on the second Sunday of each month.

St. Stephen's with Lainston, Sparsholt

Sparsholt village is home to Sparsholt Church of England Primary School which takes children from Crawley, Littleton and Sparsholt and was graded Excellent in the April 2023 SIAMS Inspection.  There is very close liaison between the School and St. Stephen’s Church where the School holds its Harvest Festival, Christingle Service, KS 1 Nativity Play, Ash Wednesday Service, and School Leavers’ Service at the end of the summer term. The School’s Worship Group holds Sunday Services during the year, where the pupils lead the worship, usually in February and April. In addition, the School Choir sings at the Mothering Sunday Service, Harvest Festival and Carol Service, all of which are very well attended with lots of families present. The Crib Service on Christmas Eve is always very popular with the younger children, as well as their Mums and Dads, and grandparents. The Foundation Governors attend school assemblies very regularly and there is a willingness to prepare Sparsholt Primary School children for Confirmation.

Children are welcome at all our Sunday Services but the Morning Worship Service at 10.00am on the fourth Sunday in every month is the most suitable for children of any age. There is a Children’s Corner in the Church with books and colouring activities available. The Benefice Trinity Service is held on a farm in Sparsholt and is followed by either a BBQ or Bring and Share lunch; children and dogs are particularly welcome at this Service. Also, a Pet Service is held on the Green in Woodman Close every September to which lots of children bring their pets, be they dogs, rabbits, hamsters and even horses.