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


Notices in brief...

For more information, please see our Notices page

 All Souls Services

Traditionally, All Souls' Day is the time when the Chuch remembers those who have died and offers prayers of thanksgiving for their lives. This year, there will be four special services in the Benefice for those of us who have been bereaved, and during each service there will be the opportunity to light a candle and to have the names of loved ones remembered in prayer. Please see our Notices page for more information.

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

Following last year's successful series, St Catherine's next talk is on 31 October - Music & Faith: Canon Charles Stewart

 Remembrance Sunday

Littleton parishioners are invited to Sir John Moore Barracks, Flowerdown for the Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service, Sunday 13th November - 10.30am. If you would like to attend please add your name to the sign up sheet at the back of the church by Thursday 10th November.

 White Poppies

If anyone would like to have a white peace poppy to wear alongside their red poppy, please contact Margaret Fowkes.

 Meditations at Wherwell Church

Saturday November 19th at 6pm.

Short reflections on the lives of people can provide a useful focus for thoughts on the meaning and purpose of our daily lives..

Benefice Service - Sunday 30th October

Littleton PCC invites parishioners from across the Benefice to the 5th Sunday communion service, Littleton on Sunday 30th October at 10.00am. A guest-speaker from the Gideon society will fill the 'sermon spot".

'Remembering The Somme' from hell to eternity'

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

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.You can help by praying for the Project, becoming a volunteer and of course making a donation. Donations should be sent to the Project Treasurer, Mrs Jessica Tringham, "Nelmes", Cheriton Road, Winchester SO22 5AY. Please make cheques payable to "Winchester Churches Christmas Project". Further details from Carol Ward.

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 or visit their website

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.


The Benefice Office

We are very sad to be saying goodbye to Caz from the Benefice Office. She has been a very valuable member of the team and will be greatly missed. We wish her all the very best for her future plans.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon, Monday 7th November

Benefice Office

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