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).
Our Rector, Revd Philip Miller and our Associate Priest, Revd Claire Kiddy, welcome you to our Benefice Website
Claire has specific responsibility for the parishes of Brampton, Stoven, Westhall and Redisham.
Do please contact Phil (Tel: 01502 714786) or
Claire (Mob:07469 718695) if you have any pastoral needs.
You will find details of the August services for our Benefice in the downloads section below.
Following the easing of lockdown restrictions our approach to worship has become more relaxed - you will find details in the "Welcome" document in the Downloads Section below.
Some churches will be open for private prayer only on the days shown below:-
Sotterley - daily during daylight hours
Weston - daily from 9.00am until dusk
Ilketshall St Andrew - Wednesdays (10.00am - Noon)
Shadingfield - daily during daylight hours.
Redisham - daily from 9.00am until dusk
Ringsfield - daily from 9.00am until dusk
Westhall - daily from 9.30am - 5.00pm
The Benefice YouTube Channel continues and you will find worship, songs and readings there together with other items of general interest. Please go to:-
Please see links to Facebook pages run by Phil and Claire below.
Hundred River & Wainford Benefice
Brampton St Peter's & Stoven St Margaret's
Westhall St Andrew's
Redisham St Peter's
The weekly Pew Sheet is available for download below
REFLECTION FOR TRINITY 20
We have a video of our Grandson having had a visit from the Dummy Fairy.
Apparently, when a child is old enough to not need their dummies anymore, they can leave their dummies out for the Dummy Fairy. The Dummy Fairy visits, collecting the dummies to share with other children who want/need a dummy, and leaving a gift in return.
In the video, our Grandson is very excited to find that the Dummy Fairy has visited and left him a present. As he rips off the wrapping paper, he starts to explain what the Dummy Fairy has done. As with any 3 ½ year old this starts to get long and full of questions. In exasperation we hear his Dad say, ‘Enough of the explanations, let’s play with the toy!’
There are times when God calls us to do something and we spend a lot of time teasing out all the meaning from what He has said. We’ll hold a prayer meeting and form a working group or sub-committee. But I’m sure that if we listen carefully, often we’ll hear an exasperated God saying to us, ‘Just get on with it!’.
I was reminded of this during the week, when reading Luke 10:1-12, in which Jesus is sending out His disciples.
He told them,
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.”
Luke 10:2-3 (ANIV)
Jesus tells His disciples to pray for workers but before they have a chance to even hold a prayer meeting or form the sub-committee He tells them to ‘Go!’.
In fact, most of the times that Jesus tells His disciples to do something, He is very short on details or procedures or method statements. He simply says ‘Go!’
So, when we are clear that God is calling us to do something, let’s get on with it – enough of the explanations, let’s play with the toy!
Our Diocese has recently released a video describing some of the community work being carried out throughout Suffolk. Please follow the link below to view.
The Coffee Caravan will be visiting Sotterley Chapel on Thursday 7th October between 10am and noon (weather permitting).
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 one of the following:-
Reverend Philip Miller on 01502 714786
Reverend Claire Kiddy on 07469 718695
Mrs Ann Hastings - Payne on 07884 584106
You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown below:-
The next Deanery Synod will be held at St Luke's Church Beccles on Tuesday 16thNovember 2021 at 7.30pm.
Date of next meeting - Thursday 11th November 2021 7.30pm at Shadingfield Village Hall
Harvest Prize Bingo - Westhall Village Hall
Monday 18th October at 6.30pm
The Annual Christmas Fayre is planned for Saturday 27th November.
10am to 3pm at the Village Hall