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 – 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:

Bishop David has produced four homilies from Matthews Gospel for the final four Sundays of August which can be accessed


Further information about the phone line is available


Coronavirus Support:

Update from the Littleton Helpers -

Please see Notices

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.

Winchester Street Pastors

As pubs and restaurants are now open again, our teams are once again out there on Friday and Saturday evenings to OFFER REASSURANCE, SAFETY AND SUPPORT, BY CARING, LISTENING AND HELPING.

If you would be interested in becoming

a Street Pastor, please  click here

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 4th September.

Prayer for Today -  Tuesday 11th August

Gracious Father,
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

I am delighted to announce that Sunday services will begin again in our Benefice from Sunday, 19th July,

initially one service across the Benefice each week.

16th August Chilbolton 10 am - Morning Prayer
23rd August Littleton 10 am - Holy Communion
30th August Wherwell 10am - Holy Communion



Order of Service for Morning Prayer and Holy Communion


Face coverings
The government has now determined that face covering should be worn in all places of worship in England.  If you intend to come to church please therefore wear a mask or face covering while you are in the church building. 


The Churches in The Downs Benefice are also open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton 9am-4pm Sundays
St Mary's, Crawley 10am - 4pm Wednesdays and Sundays
St Catherine's, Littleton 10am - 4pm Sat: 1st Aug; Wed: 5th Aug; Sat: 8th Aug; Wed: 12th Aug; Sat: 15th Aug; Wed: 19th Aug; Wed: 26th Aug; Sat 29th Aug.
St Stephen's, Sparsholt 10am - 4pm Wednesdays and Sundays (EXCEPT 19th July and 2nd August)

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.








  This week's letter from Revd Jax


To see previous letters please click


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



The Downs Benefice Parish Magazine


Chilbolton & Wherwell Magazine


 If you wish to watch any of the our previous service videos, please go to


                            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.