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

EASTER

Please click Easter_Services to see our Easter services across the Benefice.

Office Closure

Please note that the Benefice Office will close for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Electoral Rolls

Just a quick reminder that it is time for the new Electoral Roll to be compiled.  Please don't forget to fill in your forms and return them to your Electoral Roll Officer or the Benefice Office.

The Downs Benefice Summer Walks

19th to 24th August 2019

 

DON’T MISS OUT!

Put these dates into your diary and join us during our week
of walks this summer.

 

It is for all of the communities of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell: all are welcome.

 

There will be six full-length walks of between 8.5 and 9.5 miles and also eight half-day walks of about 4 to 5 miles.
Two years ago, we had about 100 walkers who each walked on average 2.2 walks.

It is hoped that all five communities will support this initiative.

Benefice Baptism Team

Would you be interested in becoming part of the Baptism Team?

For more details please see  Notices

Parish Magazine Deadline

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

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

 

These records are in the form of PDFs. If you have difficulty reading them you can set Adobe Reader to read them outloud. In Adobe Reader choose View - Read out Loud - Activate Read out Loud. Then again select View - Read out Loud - then choose between Read to the end of the Document or Read this page only.

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