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

Final Spring Meditation at Wherwell Church

3rd June 2018 at 6pm

Please see our Notices  page for further information

The return of Cantores Episcopi - songs for a Summer Afternoon

Saturday 9th June, 3pm, St Catherine's Church Room, Littleton

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Save the dates 

9th June - 12 noon to 3pm - Wherwell Church Fete

24th June - afternoon - Wherwell Open Gardens

24th June - afternoon - Littleton Open Gardens, cream teas

30th June - 12.30-3.30pm - Chilbolton Church Fete and Village BBQ

30th June - 1.00-4.00pm - Sparsholt Village Fete

17th November - Charity Gift Fair, Crawley Village Hall. More info to follow.

Benjamin Britten


Saturday 23rd June 2018


Winchester Cathedral

In support of the Royal British Legion

Please see War_Req_Poster_rev1 for full details

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for August/September edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 9 July.

Sparsholt Book of Remembrance


We are fortunate to have a beautiful "Book of Remembrance" for St. Stephen's Church, Sparsholt, given in memory of James Hancock by the Hancock family. It is housed in an oak case with glass lid and is open to show the current week so that names entered will always be on view for their 'year's mind'.

Anyone who has lived in this village is eligible for entry in the book, as are family members of residents. A person does not need to have been Church of England, or to have had a funeral service conducted by us, in order for their name to be entered in the book.

A professional calligrapher will enter the names, so it is necessary to make a charge of £25.

If you would like one of more namees to be entered, would you please supply the following details:

  • Name to be commemorated:
  • Date(s) of death
  • Age of deceased if under 25
  • Your name:
  • Your address:

Please make cheques (for £25) payable to Sparsholt PCC and give details and money to:

Mrs Jenny Andrews
2 Church Farm Cottages
SO21 2NP

Tel: 01962 776703