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

Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

Harvest Festival

Please go to Notices  for more information on all the Services.

To be a Pilgrim 

A course for the Christian  Journey. Please see our page To be a Pilgrim Course

Faith and the Arts III 2017 - Tickets now on Sale

Please go to Notices for further information.

Calling all choir leaders or potential choir leaders with an interest in Church music

St Catherine's Church is currently looking for a dynamic musician to lead and develop its worship. If you are interested please get in touch with the Benefice Office.


Update - Please go to Notices for further information.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for December/January edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 6 November

 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 - 24th September - The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity 

 8.00am (Wh) Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am (Ch) Harvest Festival
10.00am (Cr) Harvest Festival and Blessing of Paschal Candle Stand
10.00am (Li)

Family Communion

10.00am (Sp) Family Communion
6.00pm (Wh) Autumn Meditation

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.



Jonah 3. 10-4.end

Philippians 1. 21-end

Matthew 20. 1-16

Psalm 119. 113-136


In our thoughts

Our thoughts and prayers are with all people affected by the recent terrorist tragedies at Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge and with the people of North Kensington. The horrific fire at Grenfell Tower is an image etched on our hearts - our prayers are with all affected. In all these instances of loss and suffering we are drawn to an understanding that it is through love that we will go forward together. If you wish to make any contribution to the Evening Standard Dispossed Fund: Grenfell Tower Fire this link will take you to the JustGiving page.

Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.