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

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Notices in brief...

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

September Harvest Festivals in the Downs Benefice

For full details and all our Harvest services please see Notices

Autumn Sale, Littleton - Saturday 29th September

For full details, please see Notices

Cenotaph - 1st November

Marking the Centenary of The Armistice of November 1918, the Coldstream Guards Band present the first performance of Cenotaph, a major new orchestral and choral work, composed and conducted by its Director of Music, Major Simon Haw MBE.

Admission only by complimentary ticket - For full details, please see Notices

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Friday 28th September

Come and join us for the Macmillan  Coffee Morning and help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support at either

Memorial Green, Sparsholt - 8.30am onwards, or

The Running Horse, Littleton - 9am to 12 noon, or

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton - 10.30am to 12 noon

Urgent help needed for a refugee family

For full details, please see Notices

Faith and the Arts IV


8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th October - For full details and how to buy tickets, please see Notices

Autumn Meditations at Wherwell Church 

 7 Oct, 4 Nov - For full details, please see Notices

Save the dates 

Sparsholt Harvest Supper, Saturday 13 October - tickets on sale 10 September

Autumn Sale - 29th September, Littleton -please see Notices

17th November - Charity Gift Fair, Crawley Village Hall. More info to follow.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for December/January edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 12th November

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A very warm welcome to all the services in The Downs Benefice of St. Mary the Less Chilbolton (Ch), St. Mary's Crawley (Cr), St. Catherine's Littleton (Li), St. Stephen's with Lainston Sparsholt (Sp) and St. Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell (Wh)

NB: this website is updated weekly, but please check services with the Benefice Office: Tel: +44 1962 880845


Sunday Services for October

Services for Sunday 7th October

The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

8.00am (Sp) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Ch) Family Service
10.00am (Cr) Family Communion
10.00am (Wh) Holy Communion
4.00pm (Li) Cafe Church in Church Room
6.00pm (Wh) Autumn Meditations

Services for Sunday 14th October

The Twentieth Sunday after Trinity

10.00am (Ch) Morning Prayer
10.00am (Cr) Morning Worship
10.00am (Li) Family Communion
10.00am (Sp) Harvest Festival
6.00pm (Wh) Benefice Evensong

Services for Sunday 21st October

The Twenty-First Sunday after Trinity

8.00am (Cr) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Ch) Family Communion with REME (CW)
10.00am (Li) Harvest Festival
10.00am (Sp) Matins
10.00am (Wh) Family Pet Service
6.00pm (Li) Peace & Wholeness







Services for Sunday 28th October

The Last Sunday after Trinity - BIBLE Sunday

8.00am (Wh) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Cr) 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School
10.00am (Li) Family Communion
10.00am (Sp) Family Communion
6.00pm (Ch) Benefice Evensong