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


Please click Easter_Services to see our Easter services across the Benefice.

Office Closure

Please note that the Benefice Office will close for Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Electoral Rolls

Just a quick reminder that it is time for the new Electoral Roll to be compiled.  Please don't forget to fill in your forms and return them to your Electoral Roll Officer or the Benefice Office.

The Downs Benefice Summer Walks

19th to 24th August 2019



Put these dates into your diary and join us during our week
of walks this summer.


It is for all of the communities of Chilbolton, Crawley, Littleton, Sparsholt and Wherwell: all are welcome.


There will be six full-length walks of between 8.5 and 9.5 miles and also eight half-day walks of about 4 to 5 miles.
Two years ago, we had about 100 walkers who each walked on average 2.2 walks.

It is hoped that all five communities will support this initiative.

Benefice Baptism Team

Would you be interested in becoming part of the Baptism Team?

For more details please see  Notices

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 10th May.

 A warm welcome to the Downs Benefice, which lies to the north-west of Winchester, one time Capital City  of England.



The Five Parish Churches in the Downs Benefice

For more information please click on the image of a church 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

Services for Easter

Tuesday 16th April 4pm (Crawley) Easter Garden
Thursday 18th April - MAUNDY THURSDAY 6.30pm (Chilbolton) Maundy Thursday Supper with Holy Communion (Please contact the Benefice Office for details of venue)
  8pm (SparsholtVigil - Holy Communion with foot washing
Friday 19th April - GOOD FRIDAY 9.30am (Chilbolton) Children's Easter Activity
  12noon (Littleton) Good Friday Meditation
  2pm (Wherwell) Good Friday Meditation (Joined by Chilbolton)
Sunday 21st April - EASTER SUNDAY 10am (Chilbolton) Easter Family Communion
  10am (Crawley) Easter Family Service
  10am  (Littleton) Easter Family Communion
  10am (Sparsholt) Easter Family Communion
  10am (Wherwell) Easter Family Communion


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.


Readings - Year C

For Easter Sunday
Isaiah 65: 17-end
Acts 10: 34-43
Luke 24: 1-12
Psalm 118: 1-2; 14-24

Saying Goodbye Service

On the 11th May at 10.30m, in Winchester Cathedral,  the Mariposa Trust is holding one of its Saying Goodbye services for people to join together and remember the children they have lost.

The trust is one of the UK’s leading charities, founded in 2012 by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. 

For further details and information about the Trust and the service, please see Notices

Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.