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Notices in brief...

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St Catherine's Church Welcomes you to Littleton and Harestock Show Service

Sunday 4th September 2016, 10.00 am, main marquee. Followed by coffee

Pet Service - St Stephen's with Lainston, Sparsholt

Sunday 11 September 2016

10.00am, the Green, Woodman Close, Sparsholt.      Cuddly toys are also welcome..

Come and join in the fun!

Harvest Festival and Hog Roast - St Mary's Crawley

Sunday 25th September 2016


10.00 am - Harvest Festival service with Sunday School (Gifts will be donated to the Nightshelter)

12.30 pm - Drinks, family games at the Village Hall

1.00 pm - HOG ROAST

  more ...

Pet Service - St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell

Sunday 16 October 2016

10.00am, outside the church. Cuddly toys are also welcome ....

Faith and the Arts II 2016 - Tickets are now on sale

Following last year's successful series, St Catherine's is planning a new "Faith and the Arts" series this autumn. .....

Winchester Live at Home Scheme

The WLAHS currently supports over 300 older people in Winchester and the surrounding villages and is expanding further into Alresford, Kings Somborne and Stockbridge. They reply heavily on local volunteers to help older people live more independently....

The Silver Line

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

'Remembering The Somme' from hell to eternity'

Winchester Cathedral Tours 2016: 2pm on 26th August; 30th September; 28th October; 11th November ...

Grandparents Festival, Portsmouth Cathedral

17th September, 1.45-4.30pm. The afternoon is for grandparents (or any older person with any younger person they know well - no need to be related) to come with their grandchildren to enjoy fun across the generations..

Live the Mission

is the newsletter from the Diocese of Winchester. Each issue contains news and features ....

Benefice Office

open daily 9am-5pm 

Tel: 01962 880845

Parish Magazine Deadline

Copy for Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon, Monday 12th September












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