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 

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228

Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support:

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers:

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group:



Sparsholt Community Support:

Support Group


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line:



Hampshire Help Line:

0333 370 4000

(This number has been issued by Hants Constabulary.)

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 1st July.


The Downs Benefice Safeguarding Information and Contacts

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from a Safeguarding Advisor or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.

If you have any concerns please contac the Safeguarding Administrator c/o The Benefice Office

Tel: 01962 880 845 - Email:

who will be able to put you in touch with the local Parish Safeguarding Officer:

Chilbolton - Charlotte Nash

Crawley - Alick Kay

Littleton - Helen Retter

Sparsholt - Alastair Barron

Wherwell - Pam Prince


Diocesan Safeguarding Officer: Jackie Rowlands

Tel: 01962 737 317 - Email:


Local Authority Social Services : Hampshire County Council



The Downs Benefice Parish Safeguarding Policies


St Mary the Less, Chilbolton Safeguarding Policy - Safeguarding_Policy_-_Chilbolton


St Mary's, Crawley Safeguarding Policy - Safeguarding_Policy_-_Crawley


St Catherine's, Littleton Safeguarding Policy - Safeguarding_Policy_-_Littleton 


St Stephen's, Sparsholt - Safeguarding_Policy_-_Sparsholt


St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell Safeguarding Policy - Safeguarding_Policy_-_Wherwell

Supporting Families During Lockdown

We hear of the sad increased incidence of domestic abuse during the Lockdown period, as well as innovative ways that pharmacies, shops and others have responded to support those at risk of, or who are being abused. Teachers and support staff have often been at the front line of spotting the signs and signals of abuse of children and young people. While the majority of children and young people have been away from those who genuinely care for the child’s whole health and wellbeing, sadly we know that some abuse will have increased; and in these very challenging times, some forms of abuse will have begun in families where previously there was no apparent or obvious indicator. 

Please look at and share the attached leaflets so that  we might all work to support and care for children at risk of abuse.





Other Useful Safeguarding contacts:


NSPCC - For adults concerned about a child: 0808 800 5000

ChildLine - For children and young people on: 0800 1111

Action on Elder Abuse helpline: 0808 808 8141

24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

NAPAC – Offer support and advice to adult survivors of childhood abuse: 0808 801 0331

Stop It Now – preventing child sexual abuse: 0808 1000 900

Cruse – bereavement helpline: 0808 808 1677

Citizens Advice - Winchester District

has now officially opened its doors at their new location on Colebrook Street in Winchester, next to Winchester City Council offices. 

If you need advice you can visit the office during the following times:

Monday: 10:00-16:00

Tuesday 10:00-13:00

Wednesday 10:00-16:00

Thursday 10:00-16:00

Friday 10:00-13:00

Or alternatively call the Adviceline on: 03444 111 306

or visit