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 

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


Mobile: 07761 055228

Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support:

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers:

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group:



Sparsholt Community Support:

Support Group


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 Aug/Sept edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 9th Jul.

Lent Course - #LiveLent 2021, God’s Story, Our Story

Revd Jax will host a Zoom meeting on  Thursday evenings at 7.00pm, beginning 18th February.


Our series this year is based on the Church of England’s Lent course centered on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2021, Living His Story by Hannah Steele (SPCK).


Revd Jax will host a Zoom meeting on Thursday evenings at 7.00pm, beginning 18th February. Each of the seven weekly sessions offers a reflection on a given bible reading, a prayer and an action on what is described as ‘a unifying theme’ to be undertaken during the week. The course encourages all Christians to think about their calling, how to share their faith and reflect on the difference Christ makes in our lives.


To join the weekly Zoom meetings, please register your email address with the Benefice Office to receive the weekly Zoom link.


Thursday 18th February – The Greatest Story of All Time

Thursday 25th February – Catching up with God

Thursday 4th March –Jesus was in the transformation business

Thursday 11th March –Communicating like Jesus did

Thursday 18th March – Passing on the story of Jesus

Thursday 25th March – Finding echoes of the story of Jesus in our world today

Thursday - 1st April – Stories of finding Jesus


There is a course booklet (available from Church House Publishing at £1.99), which includes a short Bible passage, a reflection and a prayer for each day of Lent. The reflections are also available via the free App; emails; audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts.

Church of England Lent Resources