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 

The office is open during regular working hours, however if you need to contact a minister in an emergency, please call either:

Revd Kevin Rogers: 07584 162 594


Benefice Office: 07857 512 053

Further information about the phone line is available


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 Oct/Nov edition of the Benefice Parish Magazine should be submitted by 12.00 noon - Friday 6th Sept.

Sunday 28th July

Ninth Sunday after Trinity 


8am - Holy Communion (BCP) - Wherwell

10am - Morning Worship - Littleton

10am - Morning Worship - Sparsholt


Please click on the Sunday Services tab (above) for details of services going forward.

Our Churches are open for Individual Private Prayer at these times:

St Mary the Less, Chilbolton All day  Every day
St Mary's, Crawley All day Every day
St Catherine's, Littleton All day Every day
St Stephen's, Sparsholt 10am - 4pm Every day
St Peter & Holy Cross, Wherwell 10am - 4pm Every day


Benefice Mission Partner


Our Benefice supports Karis Kids

Karis Kids



Karis Kids is an initiative, started in 2007, which brings hope to children orphaned by AIDS in Uganda.  The Christian charity integrates these children into, and supports them with, adoptive families.  The aim is to place orphans with the families of relatives, but when this is not possible, then with other households in the local church, St Paul's, Kampala. The majority of those in the parish live in the Okuvu slum, and this is one of the poorest areas of Kampala. 


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

Chilbolton and Wherwell Village Magazine

  Resources for Children and Families


    Resources for   Wellbeing


Please visit our Wellbeing page to see request from Youth Options for help and support


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.