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

Kids Corner

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 Feb/Mar edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 7th Jan.

Resources for Children and Families

The Children of Sparsholt Primary School have created some wonderful Easter Gardens.

Do take a look via the link below

Easter Gardens

Messy Church in the Downs Benefice

Sparsholt Church of England Primary School 



Easter Edition 


These activities come from the Education Department for the Dioceses of Winchester and Portsmouth.  There are a lot of fun ideas, challenges and activities here - do please give some of them a go.   

                                                                                         Who was St Valentine?


Candle Moments                                                   Is our World working?                                                      Mirror Moments


Our beautiful World                                                  You've got a friend                                      How do we look at things?


For more, please click the link  Diocesan Education Department - Resources



Our Planet 

This amazing series of programmes about the natural world is now available to view for free. Netflix have now released all eight episodes on their YouTube channel, as well as a selection of other educational content for teachers, parents and kids.

More details HERE

If you are worried or upset and need help for yourself or a friend, click on the link for a poster with some top tips and contact numbers.

Supporting Children During Lockdown


or visit our Wellbeingpage


The CofE is also launching #FaithAtHome on today (Thursday 30th April). This will be available to many children and young people through our partnership to provide collective worship with Oak Academy, and through church and school networks. It will offer people of all ages and faith backgrounds a chance to pause, think and reflect, and to rebuild lost habits of prayer and faithful reflection in the home.

These weekly 10-12 minute packages of video content will be available from 7th May.  

The first can be accessed at Faith at Home


Daily videos for teenagers using challenges from sport and culture to help explore the Bible and how it might be relevant today.

Created for teenagers with no experience of church, as well as those who’ve been there all their lives:

Scripture Union - Inspire