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


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 Dec/Jan edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 4th Nov


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 contact the Safeguarding Administrator c/o The Benefice Office

Tel: 01962 880 845 - Email: Downs Benefice Safeguarding 

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

Chilbolton - Carole Marits

Crawley - Alick Kay

Littleton - Simon Kingston

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

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