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

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.

Links to various organisations who may be able to offer support:

Samaritans: 116 123

Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774

CALM: 0800 58 58 58

PAPYRUS: 0800 068 4141

YoungMinds: 0808 802 5544

Crisis text line (Text 'Shout to 85258)

Crisis line for Young People


Mental Health - A brand new collection of resources helping 5-18 year olds understand, express and improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, with a biblical perspective on anxiety, self-worth and more.

Endorsed by the Mental Health Foundation:


Mind and Soul Foundation (Christian resources and reflection around mental health):

MIND - the mental health charity:

The Mix - mental health support for under 25yrs:

The Mental Health Foundation:

Alzheimer's Society:

NHS talking therapies (North East Hampshire):

(Central Hampshire):   (you can self refer)

Directory of NHS and charity helplines:




Carer Support and Dementia Advice Service for Hampshire


Providing advice, information and support to carers and people with dementia and memory problems.

Phone: 01264 332297 (option 3) / Email: