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 - August 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 3rd August from 10am 'til noon at Park Farm, Mill Lane, Shadingfield the home of John and Gloria Kidner. (1st left after the water tower)


 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 willl be at Brampton Village Hall on 13th August from 10.00am 'til noon.

Suffolk Historic Churches Trust

The Church Cycle ride will take place on Saturday 14th September. See the "Sheaf" for more details on how you can support the Trust and your parish church.

Open Garden - Gable House Redisham.

Open Garden and Bulb sale at Gable House on Sunday 1st September. Admission free and refreshments on sale.

Brampton Plough Day

The Brampton Plough Day returns for the 29th year on Sunday 1st September from 10am. Admission £5 for adults, children under 15 free.

Sotterley Chapel - Cream Teas

Garden party with music and cream teas at 1, Waterloo Road, Sotterley on Sunday 25th August from 2.30pm

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