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 

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228

In Crisis - Need to talk 


Further information about the phone line is available


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:


The scam has been reported in the media here:

Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support 

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support

Support Group




Update - Lockdown 2


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line



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

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.

Services for Sunday 24th January - The Third Sunday of Epiphany

Owing to current the Coronavirus situation and restrictions, we are very sorry but we are unable to safely open the Chuches of The Downs Benefice for services until further notice.

Online Resources for live streamed Sunday and daily services

Church of England online services and prayers

Winchester Cathedral 

8.20am Morning Prayer

10am Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Evensong       

York Minster

1am and 4pm via YouTube 

Holy Trinity, Brompton 

1.30am via YouTube 

All Souls, Langham Place

9.30am; 11.30am; 

Southwark Cathedral

6pm Compline

St Giles in the Field

11am Choral Eucharist, BCP

6.30pm Choral Evensong, BCP

Benefice Morning Prayer comes into your home

                                                                       Tuesdays at 9:30am on Zoom. 

                                                                           Come and join us!

                                        If you would like to join us for this short service please call on 01962 880 845 or send an email to the

Benefice Office

We can then get in touch with you, sending you a copy of the service and the link to Zoom.

The Churches in The Downs Benefice are also open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:

Masks must be worn in Church.

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton 9am - 4pm Sundays
St Mary's, Crawley 10am - 4pm Sundays
St Catherine's, Littleton 10am - 4pm Wednesdays
St Stephen's, Sparsholt 10am - 4pm Closed until further notice
St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell 10am - 4pm Closed until further notice


Prayer for today - Thursday 21st January 

Eternal Lord,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.







Letters from Revd Jax

17th January

To see previous letters please click



Across the Downs

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

This Week's Newsletter

Last week's Newsletter

If you wish to watch any of the our previous service videos, please go to


                            Kids Corner                                 

Resources for Children and Families


    Resources for   Wellbeing


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.