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

Mothering Sunday

Sunday 31st March 2019

We will be holding special Mothering Sunday services in all five churches at 10am on Sunday 31st March. 

Everyone is most welcome to attend, and please spread the word to any families you think might like to come along.  Even better, bring them with you!



'Mission and responding to God's Call'.

This year we have invited various speakers to come and talk to us about how they have responded to God's Call and how their faith directs their life and work - to vocation and to their charitable works.

For full details of the dates and time please go to our Lent page.

Spring Meditation Series 

St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell

7th April - Brother Lawrence, Carmelite lay brother and writer, 1614-1691

2nd June - St Benedict, founder of Western monasticism and Patron Saint of Europe, ca AD480-ca AD 547

Electoral Rolls

Just a quick reminder that it is time for the new Electoral Roll to be compiled.  Please don't forget to fill in your forms and return them to your Electoral Roll Officer or the Benefice Office.

The Downs Benefice Summer Walks

19th to 24th August 2019



Put these dates into your diary and join us during our week
of walks this summer.


It is for all of the communities of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell: all are welcome.


There will be six full-length walks of between 8.5 and 9.5 miles and also eight half-day walks of about 4 to 5 miles.
Two years ago, we had about 100 walkers who each walked on average 2.2 walks.

It is hoped that all five communities will support this initiative.

Benefice Baptism Team

Would you be interested in becoming part of the Baptism Team?

For more details please see  Notices

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 10th May.

 A warm welcome to the Downs Benefice, which lies to the north-west of Winchester, one time Capital City  of England.



The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For more information please click on the image of a church below.

St Mary the Less

St Mary's

St Catherine's

St Stephen's

St Peter and Holy Cross


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ

St Mary's Crawley

Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ

St Catherine's Littleton

Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6QY

St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

Church Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NJ

St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Services for this Sunday 30th March -  Mothering Sunday - The Fourth Sunday of Lent

10am (Ch) Mothering Sunday Service
10am (Cr) Mothering Sunday Service
10am (Li) Mothering Sunday Service
10am (Sp) Mothering Sunday Service
10am (Wh) Mothering Sunday Service


In this Benefice we welcome everyone to our altars during communion.

Communicant members from all denominations are most welcome and others are invited for a blessing.


Readings - Year C

Exodus 2: 1-10
Colossians 3: 12-17
John 19: 25b-27
Psalm 30

Lent Series - 2019

Friday – 29th March - 7.30pm

Littleton Church Room

Speaker: John and Poppy Spens, The Brickworks

In 2006, sensing a call from God to Africa, John and Poppy resigned from their jobs and served with CMS Ireland as short-term mission partners in a town called Yei, in South Sudan.  John had worked in social housing in Andover and Poppy was a health visitor in Winchester.  John’s role in Yei was to interim manage the Diocesan vocational training college for returning refugees and Poppy helped establish the Diocesan Martha Primary Health Care Centre.  They lived in South Sudan for five years, serving the Episcopal Church of South Sudan, and the clinic grew to include an eye clinic, children’s ward and Mobile Clinic.  Ten years’ ago, they started a charity – The Brickworks – to raise funds to train South Sudanese young people and support clinics and schools, to which St Catherine’s makes an annual contribution.  

Until 2017, John and Poppy were based in Winchester and were keen members of Littleton Croquet Club! 

Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.