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

Celebration of Recovery

Winchester Cathedral – Saturday, 25th August 25 - 10am–4pm

There will be a ‘Celebration of Recovery’ at Winchester Cathedral in the Outer Close. Visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy activities as part of an event to raise awareness of services such as AA, Al-Anon, the Night Shelter and Samaritans, helping those who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and those who are  struggling with mental illness.

This year  – the centenary of end of the Great War – is also the centenary of the formation of the RAF, as well as the visit by a soldier to Winchester Cathedral which inspired the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous. This will definitely be a celebration event, it is well worth a visit and I hope you can recommend it to your congregation.

For full details, please see Notices

Faith and the Arts IV

8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th October - For full details and how to buy tickets, please see Notices

Autumn Meditations at Wherwell Church 

2 Sept, 7 Oct, 4 Nov - For full details, please see Notices

Brightly coloured wood, fabric scraps and string needed!

For full details, please see Notices

Littleton and Harestock Show, Messy Church Stand - helpers needed

For full details, please see Notices

Ride & Stride 2018, 8 September

Hampshire & The Islands Historic Churches Trust.

For full details, please see Notices

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. If you can help please contact Shirley Lupton -

Save the dates 

1st September, from noon, Littleton & Harestock Show

2nd September - Littleton and Harestock Show Service in Marquee

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

Parish Magazine Deadline

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

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A very warm welcome to all the services in The Downs Benefice of St. Mary the Less Chilbolton (Ch), St. Mary's Crawley (Cr), St. Catherine's Littleton (Li), St. Stephen's with Lainston Sparsholt (Sp) and St. Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell (Wh)

NB: this website is updated weekly, but please check services with the Benefice Office: Tel: +44 1962 880845


Sunday Services for September

Services for Sunday 2nd September

The Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

8.00am (Sp) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Ch) Family Service
10.00am (Cr) Family Communion
10.00am (Li) Show Service in the Marquee at Littleton Show ground
10.00am (Wh) Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm (Wh) Autumn Meditations

Services for Sunday 9th September

The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

10.00am (Ch) Morning Prayer
10.00am (Cr) Morning Worship
10.00am (Li) Family Communion
10.00am (Sp) Pet Service
6.00pm (Wh) Benefice Evensong

Services for Sunday 16th September

The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

8.00am (Cr) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Li) Morning Worship 
10.00am (Sp) Matins
11.00am (Wh) Harvest Festival/Holy Cross Day 
12 noon (Ch) Airborne Forces Remembrance Service at Church
6.00pm (Li) Peace & Wholeness



Services for Sunday 30th September

The Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

10.00am (Cr) 5th Sunday Benefice Family Communion at Crawley




Services for Sunday 23rd September

The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity 

8.00am (Wh) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Ch) Harvest Festival 
10.00am (Cr) Harvest Festival
10.00am (Li) Family Communion
10.00am (Sp) Family Communion