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

Sparsholt Mission Links

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 June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th May

  Winchester Churches Nightshelter     This independent local charity helps homeless people by providing a safe, warm environment together with a meal, advice and vital assistance to prepare for independent living. Sparsholt community, including the school, also support this charity by donating Harvest Festival goods and several villagers cook hot meals for the Nightshelter. See Benefice page for further details.                                                                 
  Karis Kids This Winchester charity supports children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda by helping local families to care for them and enabling the children to go to school. Sparsholt School have also taken this charity under their wing and has donated a considerable amount in 2019 to Karis Kids. See Benefice page for further details.
  Winchester Street Pastors This charity offers reassurance, safety and support to all people working in or enjoying our city’s night time economy through caring, listening and helping. Although it is an independent charity, the Street Pastors work closely with the local Police, Winchester BID and Winchester City Council to help make our city safer at night. Street Pastors are trained volunteers from fifteen local churches who care about the community in Winchester; our own Churchwarden, Alastair Barron, is one of the Street Pastors.
  Winchester Hospice The Hospice will be there to provide patients at the end of their lives with the dignity, respect, care and compassion they deserve – delivering care on site in Winchester (Burrell House by the hospital) and in the community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They still need more funds to be able to open this year; visit their website for information on ways you can help them reach their target.



Sparsholt Church has also made donations to the following during 2019:


Fete donations         

The PCC, on behalf of the Fete Committee, donated to each of the following local organisations: Sparsholt Primary School, Sparsholt Village Playground Association, Sparsholt Memorial Hall, Sparsholt Village Shop and Ham Green Conservation Volunteers. Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make the 2019 fete such a huge success.


Sparsholt School      

The pupils’ donations and School Christingle collection (£290) was processed and paid to The  Children’s Society by the PCC.


The Remembrance Service collection in November was paid to the Royal British Legion – Poppy Fund.