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



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

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.


See Week_of_Walks for full details and forms


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.

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 

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for October/November edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 6th September.

 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 Sunday 21st July - The Fifth Sunday after Trinity

8am Cr Holy Communion (BCP)
10am Ch Family Communion
10am Li Morning Worship
10am Sp Matins
10am Wh Family 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

Genesis 18: 1-10a
Colossians 1: 15-28
Luke 10: 38-end
Psalm 81

Bishop’s Commission for Mission (BCM)

Taster Evening – 15th July 2019


This autumn we are offering two BCM programmes within in this area.  These are BCM Worship at All Saints, North Baddesley and a new BCM, Pioneering, which is for those with a heart to develop new forms of church outside the walls.  BCM Pioneering will be offered in Swaythling, Southampton. 

Prior to the start of these programmes we are offering a taster evening at All Saints, North Baddesley which is open to anyone who might like to find out a bit more about the BCM and how it works.  There is no obligation to go on to take a BCM if someone comes to a Taster, just an opportunity to ask questions and see what we do.

Karis Kids movie night





7.30pm, Wednesday 17th July 

at Christ Church Winchester.


The movie is a story about a young girl, Phonia, growing up in Katwe, one of the slums in Kampala.  It's based on a true story and gives an insight into what it's like to live in that part of the world. Life rapidly changes one day for Phonia when she meets Robert, a missionary who teaches children how to play chess.

It stars British-actor David Oyelowo (Selma, A United Kingdom, Spooks) and Oscar-Winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, The Jungle Book, Black Panther).


It’ll be a great evening for the whole family just before the end of term.

Tickets are free and there’s even free popcorn too!

All you have to do is register for your free tickets.