Notices in brief...
For more information, please see our Notices page
Wherwell Singers' Christmas Concert
Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm. Please go to Notices for more information
Chilbolton Church Tea@3, Christmas Tree Special
Sunday 11th December 3-5pm. Fun for all the family. Please go to Notices for more information
Flowers for the Carol Service and over the Christmas period at St Stephen's Church
The Christmas Season starts early in Sparsholt....Please go to Notices for more information
St Catherine's Christmas Flowers
Saturday 17th December from 9.30am.... Please go to Notices for more information
Please do join us for one (or more) of our Advent Services or Activities. For full details, please go to Advent
We have a large variety to suit all of Christmas Services across the Churches of the Benefice. Please do come along. For full details, please go to our Christmas_Services ...
Christmas Presents for the Night Shelter
Throughout Advent St Catherine's church will again be collecting presents ready to be handed out on Christmas Day at the Night Shelter. Please go to Notices
Winchester Churches' Night Shelter Christmas Volunteers
Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on a Sunday this year. For the first time we want to try and keep the Nightshelter open on both of those days and the subsequent bank holidays. ....Please go to Notices
Winchester Churches Christmas Project 2016
We are invited to join this initiative supporting individuals and families in Winchester who have had a particularly difficult year. Please go to Notices for further information
Resources for Advent
The Ministry Team recommend the following two books as reflective Advent reading material. Please go to Notices for further information
Benefice Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - 5-14th September 2017
The draft itinerary covers: Jerusalem, Mount of Olives..
Please go to Notices for further information
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 18-26th January 2017
To celebrate the week of Prayer for Christian Unity there will be a Unity Service which will take place in Winchester Cathedral at 6.30pm on Sunday 22nd January. Please go to Notices for further information
Sparsholt 100 Club
The Sparsholt 100 Club aims to raise funds to help keep the church open and well maintained by holding a lottery for residents local to Sparsholt.
For full details please go to Sparsholt_100_Club page ...
Winchester Live at Home Scheme
The WLAHS currently supports over 300 older people in Winchester and the surrounding villages. If you would like to help contact the SLAHS office on 01962 890995/website www.wlahs.org.
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
Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester. http://www.winchester.anglican.org/resources/communications-resources/bulletins/
Parish Magazine Deadline
Copy for Feb/Mar edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon, Monday 11th January 2017
open daily 9am-5pm
Tel: 01962 880845
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