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). 

Contact Us

Church Services

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning

The next coffee morning  will be  in February, details to follow.

Growing in God


Please refer to  www.cofesuffolk.org  for details of the "Growing in God" programme.

Waveney and Blyth Deanery Synod​

 The next meeting will be held on  Tuesday 26th February- 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bungay

Benefice Council


The Benefice Council  - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 15th January  at Shadingfield Village Hall

Future Events

The Rural Coffee Caravan


The Rural Coffee Caravan will be at Brampton Village Hall on Tuesday 11th December from 10.00am 'til noon.

Winter Music

There will be a Winter Music event at Sotterley Chapel on Sunday 16th December at 3.00pm.

Redisham Carol Service

The Redisham Carol Service, Village Party and Grand Christmas Draw will take place at 3.00pm  on Sunday 16th December

Christmas Supper and Quiz

 There willbe a Harvest Quiz and Supper at Wangford Community Centre on Wednesday 12th December  in aid of St Peter's Brampton . £12.50 per person in teams of 4-6. Please call Tracy on 01502 575415 to book. (bring your own drink)

Carols at the Fox

The Benefice Choir will be leading carols at Shadingfield Fox on Thursday 20th December from 7.00pm.

Benefice Contacts