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

In Crisis - Need to talk 


Further information about the phone line is available


COVID Vaccination Scam ALERT!

There have been reports of a new scam where a person receives a text saying they need to book a vaccination appointment and it takes them to a fake NHS form which then asks for their bank details to prove their identity. 

The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide as it will be a scam   

There is a texting scam leaflet you can download here:


The scam has been reported in the media here:

Coronavirus Support:


Chilbolton Coronavirus Support 


Coronavirus Support 


Crawley Corona Helpers

Phone:  07807 363689 or Email: 


Littleton Coronavirus Support Group



Sparsholt Community Support

Support Group




Update - Lockdown 2


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 5th March.

Resources for Children and Families

Messy Church in the Downs Benefice



Messy Lent


As we have all had to give up so much this past year (holidays, seeing friends and families, parties...), we thought it would be good to encourage families to take something up instead. 

Below is a colouring sheet of activities to do over the 40 days of Lent. Pick one as a family to do each day, and colour it in when you've completed it. We'd love you to share any photos of what you've been doing either by email or on our Facebook page

Messy Lent Calendar



Looking ahead, we plan to put together a Messy Easter bag of activities, similar to the one we offered in the autumn.
Sign up here:  Messy Easter Bag
Bags will be handed out at Sparsholt and Littleton churches between 10am and 11am on Saturday 20th March.
Messy Blessings
Carol & Carol

Sparsholt Church of England Primary School 



Christmas 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