The North Hampshire Downs Benefice

The North Hampshire Downs Benefice (NHDB) was formed in June 2008 when 8 parishes and 12 village churches were brought together in one benefice.

Revd Simon Butler is the Rector of the Benefice.

He can be contacted on 01256 861706 or email:

There is a leadership team consisting of Clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers and an Administrator.

Administrator: Sonja – please contact:

The aim of the benefice is to ensure a vibrant and open church presence in each of our 12 villages, with a particular clergyperson responsible for each particular church or group of churches:

Herriard (St Mary)
Tunworth (All Saints)
Upton Grey (St Mary)
Weston Patrick (St Lawrence)

The Revd Simon Butler


Long Sutton (All Saints)
South Warnborough (St Andrew)



The united parish of Newnham, comprising
Greywell (St Mary)
Mapledurwell (St Mary)
Nately Scures (St Swithun)
Newnham (St Nicholas)
Up Nately (St Stephen)

The Revd Linda Scard


Odiham (All Saints)

The Licensed Lay Ministers serving within the benefice are:
Peter Moore, 01256 703085
Jill Lestrille, 01256 862131
Alan Hoar, 01256 395077


As a benefice and as part of the Church of England we believe in an open and inclusive church trying to reflect the openness and love of Jesus Christ, where everyone is welcome in any of our churches and to any of our events. This open, inclusive approach is reflected in the Baptism and Marriage policies across all our churches.

If you would like to know more, please contact one of the clergy set out above.