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

Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

To be a Pilgrim 

A course for the Christian  Journey. Please see our page To be a Pilgrim Course

All Souls Services

Traditionally, All Souls' Day is the time when the Church remembers those who have died and offers prayers of thanksgiving for their lives. 

Please see our  Notices  page for more information on all the Services.

Faith and the Arts III 2017 - Tickets now on Sale

Please go to Notices for further information.

An Autumn Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

Please go to Notices for further information.

Calling all choir leaders or potential choir leaders with an interest in Church music

St Catherine's Church is currently looking for a dynamic musician to lead and develop its worship. If you are interested please get in touch with the Benefice Office.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for December/January edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 6 November

 A warm welcome to the Downs Benefice, which lies to the north-west of Winchester, one time Capital City  of England.


The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For more information please click on the image of a church below.

St Mary the Less

St Mary's

St Catherine's

St Stephen's

St Peter and Holy Cross


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ

St Mary's Crawley

Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ

St Catherine's Littleton

Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6QY

St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

Church Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NJ

St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Services for this Sunday - 22nd October - The Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity 

8am (Wh) Holy Communion 
10am (Ch) Family Service
10am (Cr) 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School
10am (Li) Family Communion
10am (Sp) Family Communion
6.00pm (Wh) Autumn Meditations - St Francis of Assisi

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.



Isaiah 45. 1-7

I Thessalonians 1. 1-10

Matthew 22. 15-22

Psalm 142


Sparsholt Churchyard clean-up

The churchyard clean-up will take place (weather dependent) this coming Saturday 21st October, from 10.00 to 12.00, with a free lunch to follow.

Please do join us.

Please check with the Village Shop (776 998) if you are in any doubt about the weather.

'Hope for a Broken World'

Please join us for the Benefice 5th Sunday Family Communion at Littleton at 10am on Sunday 29th October where we will be praying for all those around the world whose lives are currently being devastated by hurricanes, floods, landslides and earthquakes.

Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.