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

Jenna and Isaac Bunce's BAPTISM today at Sparsholt has been POSTPONED due to the weather

Lent Series 2018 come and join us

 Lent Series

Christian Aid Week 13-19 May (Littleton)

Volunteers needed - Please see our Notices  page for further information

A Spring Programme of Meditations at Wherwell Church

Please see our Notices  page for further information

Save the date - 23 April

The Lyra Singers from St Petersburg visit Littleton. 

Please see our Notices  page for further information


Confirmation will take place in Winchester Cathedral during the Easter Eve Vigil. 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Sparsholt 100 Club 

Please go to Notices for further information.

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for April/May edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 5th March

 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 this Sunday 18th March 2018 -  Fifth Sunday of Lent 


8am (Cr) Holy Communion (BCP)
10am (Ch) Holy Communion
10am (Li) Morning Worship
10am (Sp) Matins
10am (Wh) Family Service
6pm (Li) Benefice Service of Peace and Wholeness

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.




Jeremiah 31: 31-34

Hebrews 5: 5-10

John 12: 20-33

Psalm 34 

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