This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.

Letter from Revd Jax Machin

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:

Bishop David has produced four homilies from Matthews Gospel for the final four Sundays of August which can be accessed


Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Update from the Littleton Helpers -

Please see Notices

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.

Winchester Street Pastors

As pubs and restaurants are now open again, our teams are once again out there on Friday and Saturday evenings to OFFER REASSURANCE, SAFETY AND SUPPORT, BY CARING, LISTENING AND HELPING.

If you would be interested in becoming

a Street Pastor, please  click here

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 4th September.

Dear Friends,

This week, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu have called for all Church of England churches to suspend public worship to help stem the spread of Coronavirus. Church services have therefore sadly been cancelled in our Benefice and throughout the Diocese.

This Sunday evening at 7pm, on Mothering Sunday, we have been asked to join A NATIONAL CALL TO PRAYER in our own homes. I encourage you to light a candle of Hope at 7pm and spend some time in prayer for our fragile world in this time of crisis. If you don’t have a candle, then sit by a lamp in your home.

This a time of testing and trial at every level of society for individuals, commerce, schools, supermarkets, NHS, Armed Forces and Emergency Services and their Chaplains, and our Nursing Homes. Our prayers are needed more than ever. For all our society, we have the power of our faith to pray and share the love and hope of Christ. Even in self-isolation, we can yet sit in our homes and become a powerful and focussed centre of prayer there - for our communities, our country and our world.

Our parish churches will remain open as the spiritual hub of our community so that you can use it as a focus for a walk through the village to stretch your legs and enjoy a tranquil space for meditation and prayer. There are spiritual resources available for you to read and a prayer board, should you wish us to pray for you or a loved one.

You will also find helpful links to streamed services, daily prayer patterns and other spiritual resources on The Downs Benefice website at:

Each parish is also developing community projects to support any of you who has made the decision to self-isolate, either to stay well or to recover from the virus. Please look out for a leaflet to come through your door! If you are able and willing to volunteer to help others, please do so.

We all need to look out for each other – it is a joy to think that our love of God and neighbour will be expressed in new ways, responding to the challenge of the coronavirus, and focusing on our closest and most vulnerable neighbours as we work in Jesus’ love to deepen and strengthen the bonds of friendship and outreach across our treasured community.

God willing, I am also here to serve our Benefice communities in any way I can. Be assured of my prayers for you all,


With every blessing,




Revd Jax Machin, Rector of The Downs Benefice 07761 055228


‘Be still and know that I am God’  Psalm 46: 10