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

Parish Records

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:

 Email: revdjax@downsbenefice.org.uk

Mobile: 07761 055228

In Crisis - Need to talk 

Wellbeing

Further information about the phone line is available

here

COVID Vaccination Scam ALERT!

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. 

The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam   

There is a texting scam leaflet you can download here: https://cfa.nhs.uk/resources/downloads/fraud-awareness/covid-19/COVID-19_SMS_and_Text_Message_Scams.pdf

 

The scam has been reported in the media here: https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/science-technology/1378158/NHS-Covid-19-Vaccination-Vaccine-Appointment-Pfizer-BioNTech-Text-Scam-How-To-Avoid

Coronavirus Support:

 

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support 

Coronavirus Support 

 

Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: crawleycoronahelpers@gmail.com 

 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group

Update

 

Sparsholt Community Support

Support Group

 

Newsletter

 

Update - Lockdown 2

 

Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line

Helpline

 

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 office@downsbenefice.org.uk

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

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Apr/May edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th March.

Historic records transcribed from the originals

Church Baptisms Marriages Burials
St Catherine's
Littleton
 1736-1930  1839-1930  1738-1930
St Mary's
Crawley

1649-1812

1813-1930

1675-1836

1837-1930 

1675-1812

1813-1930 

St Mary the Less
Chilbilton
     
St Peter and Holy Cross
Wherwell
     
St Stephen's
Sparsholt with Lainston
 1609-1930  1630-1930  1628-1919

 

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NB the results will be rather bizarre but perhaps better than nothing!

For records after 1930 and for any other information please contact: fred@montague.me.uk