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

In Emergency – Coronavirus

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228


Please also look at these websites to find details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life:

Diocese of Winchester:

The Church of England:


If you are contacted by anyone claiming to be from the NHS Track and Trace scheme and who wants to send you a testing kit and asks for your card number to pay for it - THIS IS A SCAM. The proper NHS Testing Kit is free.

For full details see Notices

Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group



Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support


Sparsholt Community Support

Group  Newsletter


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line



Hampshire Help Line

0333 370 4000.

(This number has been issued by Hants Constabulary.)

Prayer Requests

If you have any prayer requests, for any concerns lying on your heart or to give thanks, please email the office on

All prayer requests will be made anonymous before being passed on  to our Prayer Team.

Parish Magazine Deadline

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

Prayer for Today -  Thursday 9th July

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


 for Individual Private Prayer.  

 The Churches in The Downs Benefice will be open at the following times:

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton   9am-4pm - Sundays
St Mary's, Crawley   10am-4pm - Wednesdays and Sundays
St Catherine's, Littleton   10am-4pm - Daily
St Stephen's, Sparsholt   10am-4pm - Wednesdays and Sundays
St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell   TBC



Be assured of my love and prayers for you all, Revd Jax

Benefice Morning Prayer comes into your home

 Tuesdays at 9:30am on Zoom. 

If you would like to join us for this short service please call on 01962 880 845 or send an email to the

Benefice Office  

We can then get in touch with you, sending you a copy of the service and the link to Zoom.

Cafe Church - Sunday 5th July

click on video to open video viewer

The Widow's Mite


 If you wish to watch any of the our previous service videos, please go to Archived_Videos



  This week's letter from Revd Jax




To see previous letters please click


Across the Downs

If you would like to receive our weekly Benefice Newsletter, please email the office so you can be added to the distribution list.

This week's Newsletter

Last Week's Newsletter



The Downs Benefice Parish Magazine


Chilbolton & Wherwell Magazine

                            Kids Corner                                 

Resources for Children and Families


    Resources for   Wellbeing


The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For a short history and photos of each church please click on the images 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

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.