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 - October 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 2nd November at 29 Meadow Gardens, Beccles, the home of Peter and Glenys Westmacott, from 10am 'til noony


 The Parishes within the Benefice have adopted the House of Bishops' "Promoting a Safer Church" document, and have signed onto a Safeguarding  Policy Statement.

Should you have any concerns  regarding Safeguarding issues, please refer to:-

The  Reverend  Philip Miller on 01502  714786, or either of the Safeguarding Trainers:- 

Mrs  Ann  Hastings-Payne on 01502 711621 or Mr George Fisher on 

01502 714534

You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown  below:-


Waveney and Blyth Deanery Synod​


 The next meeting will be held on  Thursday 17th October - 7.30pm at St Luke's Church Beccles

Benefice Council



The Benefice Council  - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday  15th October at Ringsfield Village Hall. All Electoral Roll members are invited to this meeting to discuss the next steps for the Benefice.

Future Events

Rural Coffee Van

 The Rural Coffee Van will be at Brampton   Village Hall on 15th October from 10.00am 'til noon

The Glenis Miller Foundation

There will be a Charity Clay Shoot in aid of the foundation at Brick Kiln Farm Westhall on Sunday 29th September 11am to 4pm, for St Andrew's Church Westhall

Waveney Food Bank

Charity Quiz and Supper in aid of the food bank  at Wangford Community Centre on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm. Teams of 4-6 at £10 per person.

Ilketshall St Andrew Christmas Fayre

The Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 30th November - 10am to 3pm in the Village Hall

Weston Parish Supper & Quiz

Will be held at Ringsfield Village Hall on 9th November . Tickets, at £12.50 available from Alison Chipperfield - 01502 713249

Westhall Concert

There will be a concert with two cellos at Westhall Church on Sunday 29th September. Tickets (£15 including refreshments) available at Tony's Stores.

More information in the "Sheaf"

Benefice Contacts