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 3rd  November at  Greenfields  Mill Common , Westhall  IP19 8RQ, the home of Anita Goddard from 10am 'til 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

Craft Fair - Westhall


There will be a craft fair at Westhall Village Hall on Saturday November 3rd (10am to 1pm) . Tab les are £5 each - please call Tracey on 01502575 415 to book.

Christmas Fayre

 The Ilketshall St Andrew Christmas Fayre will be held at the Village Hall on Saturday 17th November (10am to 3pm)

Elders Quiet Day

 Our team of Elders will be gathering for a quiet day on Saturday 13th October

Harvest Supper and Quiz

 There willbe a Harvest Quiz and Supper at Wangford Community 5entre on Wednesday 10th October  in aid of St Peter's Brampton . £10 per person in teams of 4-6. Please call Tracy on 01502 575415 to book. (bring your own drink)

Weston Parish Supper

The Weston Parish Supper and Quiz will be held at Ringsfield Village Hall on Friday 9th November . Tickets at £12.50 are available from Andrew Chipperfield on 01502 713249.

Benefice Contacts