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

Further information about the phone line is available


The Blessing

The LORD bless you, 

and keep you,

the LORD make his face to shine upon you

and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you

and give you peace.

  Numbers 6: 24-26

You may have seen this

beautiful video

or the children's version


Full details on our Notices page.

Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support Group



Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support


Sparsholt Community Support

Group  Newsletter 


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.


Please click below for Safeguarding Links


Citizens Advice - Winchester District

Please click below for information about Citizens Advice, Winchester District


Parish Magazine Deadline

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

The Seventh Week of Easter

Prayer for Today - Friday 29th May

O God the King of glory,
you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ
with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
we beseech you, leave us not comfortless,
but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us
and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.




Collect Prayer for Pentecost

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Ascension Day to Pentecost


11 Days to pray for more people around the world to come to know Jesus


Day 9 - 29th May


Daily Podcast: 'Celebrate' - Reflection from Tom Wright'


and the Family Prayer Adventure Podcast: 'Celebrate'




Please join us virtually for 24 hours of prayer

9am, Saturday 30th May - 9am, Sunday 31st May



Bishop David and Bishop Sally will start with an introduction between 9am and 10am on Saturday and there will be a

continuous programme of prayer over the 24 hours (Please see Thy_Kingdom_Come for the full programme).

Please join us for as much or as little as you can, dropping in and out of the THE UPPER ROOM as you wish. 


Benefice Morning Prayer comes into your home

 Tuesdays at 9:30am on Zoom. 

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.

Our Prime Minister has told everyone to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It means all churches must close with immediate effect.

Sadly, there will be no Church weddings or baptisms at this time.


Funerals at the graveside or in crematoria can still take place, in line with the Prime Minister’s Statement with only next of kin present.


For live streaming of daily prayers and services, please visit:

We can still be church beyond our buildings as we pray, love and care for the vulnerable.



Be assured of my love and prayers for you all, Revd Jax 

In Emergency – Coronavirus

In an emergency, please contact the Rector,

Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228


Please also look at these websites to find details of how to join others online for prayer, worship, study, and community life:

 Diocese of Winchester:

The Church of England:

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… and love your neighbour as yourself. There is no other Commandment greater than these.’ (Luke 10:27)


To protect the vulnerable amongst us, please do not leave your home except for essential trips!



Resources for Children and Families






To see previous letters please click





Resources for Wellbeing



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.


The Downs Benefice Parish Magazine



Chilbolton & Wherwell Magazine




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.