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

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 August/September edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 5th July.

 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 Sunday 26th May - The Sixth Sunday of Easter

8am Wh Holy Communion (BCP)
10am Cr 4th Sunday Worship with Sunday School
10am Li Family Communion, with Chris and Kesia Pain of OMF Japan
10am Sp Family Communion
6pm Ch Evensong


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

Exekiel 37: 1-14
Acts 16: 9-15
John 14: 23-29
Psalm 126

Trinity Sunday Service and 'Bring & Share' Picnic at Northwood Park - 16th June - 11am

This is our annual Benefice family-friendly Communion service followed by a 'Bring and Share' picnic - outdoors (in the barn if it's raining).

Please do come, bring tables and chairs for the picnic (if you would like - there will be straw bales for seating already there), drinks and some food to share, and join in with the whole Benefice for our get-together in this beautiful setting.

Prayers will held in St Mary’s, Crawley at 9.15am, and both St Catherine’s, Littleton and St Stephen’s, Sparsholt at 10am, before walking up to Northwood Park and everyone is welcome to join in. Alternatively, you can drive straight up to Northwood Park, where there is plenty of parking, and meet us there.  There will be signs up from the main Stockbridge to Winchester road.

Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.