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


Resources for Children and Families


Wild Worship Guide


Messy Church


Sparsholt Church of England Primary School - Rainbows of Hope Challenge

Support the children in this challenge.

Full details: Sparsholt_Church_of_England_Primary_School_-_Rainbows_of_Hope_Challenge

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.

COVID-19 Support

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group

Chilbolton Parish Council, with the Church and Chilbolton Stores have formed 'The Chilbolton CoronaVirus Support Group' to help vulnerable people in our village community with both practical support and to help alleviate anxieties over self-isolation. Please click the link below if you would like help or are able to offer help.


Crawley Corona Helpers

Please contact the Helpers on 07807 363689 or Email: 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group

Please click the link below if you would like help or are able to offer help.


Sparsholt Community Support

Information about the Sparsholt Community Support Group can be found here:  Support_Group

Wherwell Community Support

Coronavirus – Wherwell Help Line

Wherwell Parish Council has arranged a help line for Wherwell residents. Please click on the link below for full details.



Please click on the link below for the online version of the Parish Magazine.


Chilbolton & Wherwell Magazine

Please click on the lnk below for the online version of the Village Magazine.


Weekly Benefice Newsletter - We intend to continue producing our weekly newsletter while services are suspended and will distribute it electronically on Fridays.  If you would like to receive a copy of Across The Downs, please could you email the office at 

so you can be added to the distribution list.


Please click below for Safeguarding Links


Citizens Advice - Winchester District

Please click below for information about Citizens Advice, Winchester District


Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 8th May.

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