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

Further information about the phone line is available


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 5th May

Revd Jax is currently recovering from a severe head injury but our services are continuing as much as possible, and are as below.


Sunday 26th March

The Fifth Sunday of Lent


8am - Holy Communion (BCP) - Wherwell

10am - Morning Worship - Littleton

10am - Morning Worship - Sparsholt

6pm - Evening Prayer for Lent - Chilbolton


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

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

Benefice Mission Partner

Our Benefice supports Karis Kids

Karis Kids is an initiative, started in 2007, which brings hope to children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda.  The Christian charity integrates these children into, and supports them with, adoptive families.  The aim is to place orphans with the families of relatives, but when this is not possible, then with other households in the local church, St Paul's, Kampala. The majority of those in the parish live in the Okuvu slum, and this is one of the poorest areas of Kampala. 


Letters from Revd Jax

Second Sunday of Advent - 4th December

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


Please visit our Wellbeing page to see request from Youth Options for help and support

Our ONLINE Services can be acessed by clicking on the video link below

click on video to open video viewer


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.