Welcome to the 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 - February 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 2nd March from 10am 'til noon at 14 Field View Gardens, Beccles, NR34 9LS, the home of Janet and George Fisher. 

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 9th April at Shadingfield Village Hall

Future Events

The Rural Coffee Caravan


The Rural Coffee Caravan will be at Brampton Village Hall on Tuesday 12th February, and then on Tuesday 12th March, from 10.00am 'til noon

Snowdrop Day at Gable House

Gable House, Redisham, will be open for the Annual Snowdrop day on Sunday 17th February - 11.00am to 4.30pm. Admission £4.50 in aid of National Gardens Scheme.

Westhall Village Quiz

The Westhall Village Quiz will take place at the Village Hall on Saturday 16th February. More details to follow.

Ringsfield Supper and Quiz

 The Parish Supper and Quiz will take place at the Village Hall on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. Tickets at £10 available from Peter Westmacott  Tel. 01502 716387

Candlemass Celebration

There will be a candle lit service to celebrate Candlemass at 6.30pm on Saturday 2nd February at St John the Baptist, Shadingfield. Refreshments will follow the service.

Benefice Contacts