This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.


Notices in brief...

For more information please see our Notices page

St Catherine's Harvest Festival Flowers

 Advance warning! Time to sharpen the secateurs and plan the decorating of the church! ..

St Stephen's Harvest Festival Flowers

With Harvest Festival on the 9th October in the Church, the Flower Ladies ...

 Deanery Half-Night of Prayer, with an Ignation theme - "Finding God in All Things"

St Thomas' Church, Charlton - Friday 30th September from 6pm-11.30pm. ...

 Karis Kids' Prayer Breakfast

Saturday 8th October at 9.00-10.30am...

 St Stephen's Harvest Supper

St Stephen's Havest Supper will be on Friday 7th October ...

 St Catherine's Harvest Supper

St Catherine's Harvest Supper will be on Friday 14th October... 

Pet Service - St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell

Sunday 16 October 2016

10.00am, outside the church. Cuddly toys are also welcome ....

Benefice Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

5-14th Setember 2017. The draft itinerary covers: Jerusalem ....

Faith and the Arts II 2016 - Tickets are now on sale

Following last year's successful series, St Catherine's is planning a new "Faith and the Arts" series this autumn. .....


'Remembering The Somme' from hell to eternity'

Winchester Cathedral Tours 2016: 2pm on 30th September; 28th October; 11th November ...

Winchester Churches Christmas Project 2016

We are invited to join this ecumenical initiative which supports individuals and families in Winchester who have had a particularly difficult year. .....

Winchester Live at Home Scheme

The WLAHS currently supports over 300 older people in Winchester and the surrounding villages and is expanding further into ....

Caring for Creation in a Lower Carbon World

Winchester Cathedral and the Diocese of Winchester's Environment Group have pleasre in presenting a series of three events ........

The Silver Line

A helpline for older people - 0800 4 70 80 90.  The only national, free and confidential helpline for older people...

 Live the Mission

is the newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester. Each issue contains news and features ....


Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon, Monday 12th September





A warm welcome to The Downs Benefice

This Downs Benefice lies to the north-west of Winchester, former Capital City of England

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.

There are five Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice...

The Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ 

The church is  a prominent building within the village of Chilbolton and is well supported by the community. The name St Mary-the-Less is somewhat of a mystery and it is not really known to which St Mary the church is dedicated. The church was built in the 12th century and extensive alterations have been made over the years. ..more



St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

          Church Lane Sparsholt Hampshire SO21 2NJ

The church, a typical Hampshire structure of flint and stone, is very prominent on raised ground in the centre of the village. Pagan inhabitants may have used the site for worship before the Saxons constructed a simple wooden building, which began the tradition of Christian worship in that place. Its dedication to St Stephen is not common in the British Isles....more

St Mary's Crawley

           Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ 


St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

               Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Standing on the site of a royal religious foundation, Wherwell church has a long history stretching back to Saxon times...more



St Catherine's Littleton

   Main Road, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QY

It has been said that there is evidence of a church on the existing site for over a thousand years...more