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

Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group



Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support



Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line


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.


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.


Our Prime Minister has told everyone to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It means all churches must close with immediate effect.

Sadly, there will be no Church weddings or baptisms at this time.


Funerals at the graveside or in crematoria can still take place, in line with the Prime Minister’s Statement with only next of kin present.


For live streaming of daily prayers and services, please visit:

We can still be church beyond our buildings as we pray, love and care for the vulnerable.



Be assured of my love and prayers for you all, Revd Jax 

In Emergency – Coronavirus

In an emergency, please contact the Rector,

Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228


Please also look at these websites to find details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life:

 Diocese of Winchester:

The Church of England:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… and love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other Commandment greater than these.’ (Luke 10:27)


To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips!


Resources for Children and Families




The Downs Benefice Parish Magazine



Chilbolton & Wherwell Magazine


Across the Downs

If you would like to receive our weekly Benefice Newsletter, please  email the office at so you can be added to the distribution list.





The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For a short history and photos of each church please click on the images below.

St Mary the Less


St Mary's


St Catherine's


St Stephen's


St Peter and Holy Cross


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ

St Mary's Crawley

Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ

St Catherine's Littleton

Main Road, Littleton, Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6QY

St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

Church Lane, Sparsholt, Hampshire, SO21 2NJ

St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

In this Benefice we welcome everyone to our altars during communion.

Communicant members from all denominations are most welcome and others are invited for a blessing.