Welcome to Hundred River & Wainford Benefice

Who Are We?

 THE HUNDRED RIVER AND WAINFORD BENEFICE is a group of nine Church of England parishes in the north Suffolk countryside, between Beccles and Halesworth. Each parish has its own church building and its own pattern of services and activities. However, we share a common identity as open, inclusive Christians offering a welcome to anyone, whatever their background, who wishes to travel with us.

The Hundred River is a real river that enters the sea near Kessingland. Divided into numerous streams, it meanders through our parishes, sometimes full and roaring, nowadays more often muddy and dried-up. Wainford is a memory of an ancient  ford, by which horse-drawn wagons ("wains") once used to cross the Hundred River.   

The nine historic parishes within our group are Weston (St Peter), which includes Ellough, Ringsfield (All Saints), Ilketshall St Andrew, Sotterley (St Margaret), which includes Willingham, Shadingfield (St John the Baptist), Redisham (St Peter), Stoven (St Margaret), Brampton (St Peter), and Westhall (St Andrew). 

Church Services

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning  will be on  Saturday  1st September at Manor House Farm Geldeston, the home of John and Ann Hastings-Payne from 10.00am until noon. 

Growing in God Roadshow


7.30pm Wednesday 10th October at St Luke's Beccles 

Waveney and Blyth Deanery Synod​

 The next meeting will be held on  Wednesday 17th October - 7.30pm at Holton St Peter Church 

Benefice Council


The Benefice Council  - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 23rd October  at Shadingfield Village Hall

Future Events

Quoits in the Simister's Garden


Saturday 11th August 2.00pm to 5.00pm at School Road Ringsfield.

Suffolk Style Quoits, Village Games and Teas. Free entry - donations invited for Ringsfield Church Fabric Fund.

Brampton Plough Day

 Sunday 2nd September from 10.00am 

Open Garden and Bulb Sale

 Gable House Redisham, 11.00am - 5.00pm on Sunday 2nd September. Refreshments available all day. 

Suffolk Historic Churches Bike Ride

 Saturday 8th September 

Geoffrey Munn from the Antiques Roadshow

 Geoffrey Munn will be speaking at Westhall Village Hall on Friday 21st September. His talk will be entitled "Faberge at the Court of King Edward VII".   More details to follow. 

Sotterley Chapel Events​​


Cream Teas and Stalls at Waterloo Road - Sunday 26th August from 2.30pm

Benefice Contacts