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

Parish Records

Notices in brief...

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

Half Night of Prayers - Friday 27th July - St Mary's, Crawley - 6.30pm until Midnight

We are hosting the next Andover Deanery Half Night of Prayers at St Mary's, Crawley on Friday 287th July.

It is an evening of Readings, Prayer and Reflection.

It starts at 6.30pm and continues until Midnight but you are most welcome to come for as little or as long as you like and it would be fantastic to see as many people as possible.

Drivers needed please!

The Care Group in Littleton is becoming short of drivers to take Lunch Club members to the Church Room by 12.15pm, on the first Friday of the month and to collect them again, about 1.45pm, and take them home. If you can help in any way, please contact Shirley Lupton - mands@lupton.plus.com

Save the dates 

1st September, from noon, Littleton & Harestock Show

2nd September - Littleton and Harestock Show Service in Marquee

8,15, 22, 29 October - Faith and the Arts IV, Littleton

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

Would you like to ring Church Bells to mark 100 years since the end of WW!?

Please see our Notices  page for further information

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for October/November edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 10th September.

Historic records transcribed from the originals

Church Baptisms Marriages Burials
St Catherine's
Littleton
 1736-1930  1839-1930  1738-1930
St Mary's
Crawley

1649-1812

1813-1930

1675-1836

1837-1930 

1675-1812

1813-1930 

St Mary the Less
Chilbilton
     
St Peter and Holy Cross
Wherwell
     
St Stephen's
Sparsholt with Lainston
 1609-1930  1630-1930  1628-1919

 

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For records after 1930 and for any other information please contact: fred@montague.me.uk