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


Coronavirus Support:

Chilbolton Coronavirus Support:

Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers:

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 

Littleton Coronavirus Support Group:



Sparsholt Community Support:

Support Group


Wherwell Coronavirus Help Line:



Hampshire Help Line:

0333 370 4000

(This number has been issued by Hants Constabulary.)

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 Apr/May edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 4th March.

Prayer for today - Friday 28th January

Almighty God,
whose Son revealed in signs and miracles
the wonder of your saving presence:
renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Services for

Sunday 30th January, 2022

10am - Benefice Holy Communion - Crawley


As it is requested we continue to observe social distancing, it is necessary to book places for these services.  Please contact the Benefice Office  on 01962 880 845 to do this.

It is also still necessary for everyone in church to be wearing masks.


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:

Masks must be worn in Church.

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

Our ONLINE Services



with the theme 'The Book of Psalms'

click on video to open video viewer


Previous online services can be accessed by clicking on the video link above.








Letters from Revd Jax

Sunday 30th January

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

Online Resources for live streamed Sunday and daily services

Church of England online services and prayers

Winchester Cathedral 

8.20am Morning Prayer

10am Sung Eucharist

3.30pm Evensong       

York Minster

1am and 4pm via YouTube 

Holy Trinity, Brompton 

1.30am via YouTube 

All Souls, Langham Place

9.30am; 11.30am; 

Southwark Cathedral

6pm Compline

St Giles in the Field

11am Choral Eucharist, BCP

6.30pm Choral Evensong, BCP


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.