This is the official website of The Downs Benefice Winchester, Hampshire.


Notices in brief...

For more information, please see our Notices page

Wherwell Singers' Christmas Concert

Saturday 10th December at 7.30pm. Please go to Notices for more information

Chilbolton Church Tea@3, Christmas Tree Special

Sunday 11th December 3-5pm. Fun for all the family. Please go to Notices for more information

Flowers for the Carol Service and over the Christmas period at St Stephen's Church

The Christmas Season starts early in Sparsholt....Please go to Notices for more information 

St Catherine's Christmas Flowers

Saturday 17th December from 9.30am....   Please go to Notices for more information 


Please do join us for one (or more) of our Advent Services or Activities. For full details, please go to Advent


We have a large variety to suit all of Christmas Services across the Churches of the Benefice. Please do come along. For full details, please go to our Christmas_Services ...

Christmas Presents for the Night Shelter

Throughout Advent St Catherine's church will again be collecting presents ready to be handed out on Christmas Day at the Night Shelter. Please go to Notices

Winchester Churches' Night Shelter Christmas Volunteers

Christmas and New Year's Day both fall on a Sunday this year. For the first time we want to try and keep the Nightshelter open on both of those days and the subsequent bank holidays. ....Please go to Notices

Winchester Churches Christmas Project 2016

We are invited to join this initiative supporting individuals and families in Winchester who have had a particularly difficult year. Please go to Notices for further information

Resources for Advent

The Ministry Team recommend the following two books as reflective Advent reading material. Please go to Notices for further information

Benefice Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - 5-14th September 2017

The draft itinerary covers: Jerusalem, Mount of Olives..

Please go to Notices for further information

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - 18-26th January 2017

To celebrate the week of Prayer for Christian Unity there will be a Unity Service which will take place in Winchester Cathedral at 6.30pm on Sunday 22nd January. Please go to Notices for further information

Sparsholt 100 Club

The Sparsholt 100 Club aims to raise funds to help keep the church open and well maintained by holding a lottery for residents local to Sparsholt.  

For full details please go to Sparsholt_100_Club page ...

Winchester Live at Home Scheme

The WLAHS currently supports over 300 older people in Winchester and the surrounding villages. If you would like to help contact the SLAHS office on 01962 890995/website

The Silver Line A helpline for older people

0800 4 70 80 90.  The only national, free and confidential helpline for older people

 Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Feb/Mar edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon, Monday 11th January 2017

 Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

A warm welcome to The Downs Benefice

This Downs Benefice lies to the north-west of Winchester, former Capital City of England

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.

There are five Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice...

The Parish Churches in The Downs Benefice


St Mary the Less Chilbolton

Village Street, Chilbolton, Hampshire, SO20 6BQ 

The church is  a prominent building within the village of Chilbolton and is well supported by the community. The name St Mary-the-Less is somewhat of a mystery and it is not really known to which St Mary the church is dedicated. The church was built in the 12th century and extensive alterations have been made over the years. ..more


St Stephen's Sparsholt with Lainston

          Church Lane Sparsholt Hampshire SO21 2NJ

The church, a typical Hampshire structure of flint and stone, is very prominent on raised ground in the centre of the village. Pagan inhabitants may have used the site for worship before the Saxons constructed a simple wooden building, which began the tradition of Christian worship in that place. Its dedication to St Stephen is not common in the British Isles....more

St Mary's Crawley

           Main Road, Crawley, Hampshire, SO21 2PZ 


St Peter and Holy Cross Wherwell

               Church Street, Wherwell, Hampshire, SP11 7JJ

Standing on the site of a royal religious foundation, Wherwell church has a long history stretching back to Saxon times...more 


St Catherine's Littleton

   Main Road, Littleton, Winchester SO22 6QY

It has been said that there is evidence of a church on the existing site for over a thousand years...more