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

In Emergency 

The office is open during regular working hours, however if you need to contact a minister in an emergency, please call either:

Revd Kevin Rogers: 07584 162 594


Benefice Office: 07857 512 053

Further information about the phone line is available


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.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 6th Sept.

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 names 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 Sally Wesley

c/o The Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Lane, Littleton, Winchester, SO22 6QY


Tel: 01962 880 845