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

Final Spring Meditation at Wherwell Church

3rd June 2018 at 6pm

Please see our Notices  page for further information

The return of Cantores Episcopi - songs for a Summer Afternoon

Saturday 9th June, 3pm, St Catherine's Church Room, Littleton

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Save the dates 

9th June - 12 noon to 3pm - Wherwell Church Fete

24th June - afternoon - Wherwell Open Gardens

24th June - afternoon - Littleton Open Gardens, cream teas

30th June - 12.30-3.30pm - Chilbolton Church Fete and Village BBQ

30th June - 1.00-4.00pm - Sparsholt Village Fete

17th November - Charity Gift Fair, Crawley Village Hall. More info to follow.

Benjamin Britten


Saturday 23rd June 2018


Winchester Cathedral

In support of the Royal British Legion

Please see War_Req_Poster_rev1 for full details

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for August/September edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - 9 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 this Sunday 27th May - Trinity Sunday

10.00am (Ch) Morning Prayer
10.00am (Li) Family Communion

There are only services in the Benefice this Sunday owing to the Benefice Holiday to Rydal.


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.




Isaiah 6: 1-8

Romans 8: 12-17

John 3: 1-17

Psalm 29

Benefice Service at Northwood Park

Sunday 10th June at 11.00 am

As usual, there will be prayers held in Crawley at 9.15 am and Littleton at 10.00 am, before the walks to Northwood Park begin.  Coffee will be available from 10.30 am.

Greg and Jill Vine from MAF Uganda (Mission Aviation Fellowship) will be joining us for the outdoor service (in the barn if weather inclement), accompanied by the Benefice Music Group, along with families from our Messy Church and from Chilbolton and Wherwell.

Everyone is welcome to join in either of the walks or alternatively drive straight to Northwood Park where there is plenty of parking.

Following the service there will be a ‘Bring and Share’ picnic during which there will be time to mingle and chat with one another and also with Greg and Jill. 

There will be sign-up sheets at the back of all the churches where you can indicate what food you will be bringing to share. 

BYO drinks (water will be available)

BYO glasses, plates, cutlery and serving implements for the food you are sharing.

We look forward to seeing as many parishioners as possible and all guests are very welcome (including 'well-behaved' dogs).

Live the Mission

Newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester.