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

In Emergency 

In an emergency, please contact the Rector, Revd Jax Machin on:


Mobile: 07761 055228

Sparsholt Primary School

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Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support:

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers:

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group:



Sparsholt Community Support:

Support Group


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.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for June/July edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 7th May.

Prayer for today - Friday 7th May

Almighty God,
who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ
have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life:
grant that, as by your grace going before us
you put into our minds good desires,
so by your continual help
we may bring them to good effect;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Services for Sunday 9th May 2021

10am - Crawley- Holy Communion

10am - Wherwell - Morning Prayer


As it is requested we continue to observe social distancing, it is necessary to book places for these services.  Please contact the Benefice Office  on 01962 880 845 to do this.

It is also still necessary for everyone in church to be wearing masks.


Please click on the Sunday Services tab (above) for details of services going forward.

Benefice Morning Prayer comes into your home

Tuesdays at 9:30am on Zoom. 

Come and join us!

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 ONLINE Services

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Previous online services can be accessed by clicking on the video link above.

Our Churches are also open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:

Masks must be worn in Church.

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton 10am - 4pm Sundays and Wednesdays
St Mary's, Crawley 10am - 4pm Sundays
St Catherine's, Littleton 10am - 4pm Wednesdays
St Stephen's, Sparsholt 10am - 4pm Sundays and Wednesdays
St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell 10am - 4pm Sundays and Wednesdays

 His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In keeping with Her Majesty’s specific instructions, we are not to open physical books of condolence for handwritten messages to be left. Instead, we have been asked to leave digital condolences at either the Church of England website or the Buckingham Palace website. Please find links below. Should you not have access to a computer or family and friends who can help you to leave such a message, please call Caroline McAulay in our Benefice office on (01962) 880845 who will post your message for you.


Buckingham Palace website:

Church of England website: Condolence Book

Online Resources for live streamed Sunday and daily services

Church of England online services and prayers

Winchester Cathedral 

8.20am Morning Prayer

10am Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Evensong       

York Minster

1am and 4pm via YouTube 

Holy Trinity, Brompton 

1.30am via YouTube 

All Souls, Langham Place

9.30am; 11.30am; 

Southwark Cathedral

6pm Compline

St Giles in the Field

11am Choral Eucharist, BCP

6.30pm Choral Evensong, BCP







Letters from Revd Jax

Sunday 2nd May

To see previous letters please click

Letters from Revd Jax


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.

This Week's Newsletter

Last week's Newsletter


Parish and Village Magazines

Sparsholt Village Newsletter

                            Kids Corner                                 

Resources for Children and Families


    Resources for   Wellbeing


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.