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).
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
You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown below:-
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 17th October - 7.30pm at St Luke's Church Beccles
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.
The Garden Party will again be held at Church Cottages, the home of Shirley Colls. Please put Sunday 28th July at 2pm in your diary.
The Rural Coffee Van will be visiting Brampton Village Hall on Tuesday 16th July from 10am to noon.
The Coffee Morning will be held at All Saints Church on Saturday 27th July from 10am 'til noon. Church Records and Village scrap books will be on display.
The Church Fete is being held at the Old Vicarage on Saturday July 6th from 2.30 pm.
Saturday and Sunday July 6th and 7th, 1pm to 4pm at Sotterley Chapel