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

Our thoughts and prayers are with all people affected by the recent terrorist tragedies at Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge and Finsbury Park 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 the link will take you to the JustGiving page.

Manchester Arena attack

Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday, 22nd May 2017, especially those who have died, all who have lost loved ones and all who have been injured and traumatised by the atrocity.

Please go to our Manchester Arena page for information on our Book of Condolence

Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir

Sunday 9th July at St Mary-the-Less Church, Chilbolton. Start time 4.00pm

Non-ticket, no admission charge. Please go to Notices for further information


BT based scam - see Notices page.

Foundation Governor at Sparsholt School

Following the retirement of Margaret Blakemore, we wish to appoint a new Foundation Governor at the school.As well as being a committed members of the school's governing body..

Please go to Notices for further information

A Spring Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

Following the success of our Autumn meditation, we now have the last in our series of meditations on the life of Bishop J V Taylor. 

Please go to Notices for further information

The Downs Benefice Summer Walks

Monday14th - Saturday19th August

This series of walks is intended for the whole community of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell and your friends wherever they live; There will be six full length walks of circa 8 to 9 miles and also eight half-day walks of circa 4 to 5 miles.   There are ‘interesting feature(s)’ on each walk.    

See Week_of_Walks for full details.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

The Sparsholt 100 Club aims to raise funds to help keep the church open and well maintained by holding a lottery for residents local to Sparsholt. Please go to Notices for further information.

 Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Aug/Sept edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 10th July

A warm welcome to The Downs Benefice

This Downs Benefice lies to the north-west of Winchester, former Capital City of England

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.

There are five Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice...

The Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ 

The church is  a prominent building within the village of Chilbolton and is well supported by the community. The name St Mary-the-Less is somewhat of a mystery and it is not really known to which St Mary the church is dedicated. The church was built in the 12th century and extensive alterations have been made over the years. ..more


St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

          Church Lane Sparsholt Hampshire SO21 2NJ

The church, a typical Hampshire structure of flint and stone, is very prominent on raised ground in the centre of the village. Pagan inhabitants may have used the site for worship before the Saxons constructed a simple wooden building, which began the tradition of Christian worship in that place. Its dedication to St Stephen is not common in the British Isles....more

St Mary's Crawley

           Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ 


St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

               Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Standing on the site of a royal religious foundation, Wherwell church has a long history stretching back to Saxon times...more 


St Catherine's Littleton

   Main Road, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QY

It has been said that there is evidence of a church on the existing site for over a thousand years...more