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 13
One programme that I like to watch on TV is ‘Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish’. As part of his routine Dave delves into the dark world of the comments made about news articles on the internet, and creates a ‘Found Poem’ out of them.
Today everybody has an opinion about everything and are quite happy to voice it through the comment section on news items, Facebook, Instagram etc. Sadly, these opinions are often a knee-jerk reaction and are founded on strange, unsubstantiated theories that float around the internet and social media.
So we had the fact that COVID-19 was a hoax, a cover-up for the roll out of the 5G network; that the vaccinations were an attempt by Bill Gates to introduce nanobots into our bloodstreams; that climate change isn’t real.
The Bible calls on us to seek wisdom.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise
And in order to do that we need to be listeners, listening to all the arguments, weighing up the validity of their sources. We read in James’ letter:
‘… take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.’
It is often pointed out that we have two ears and one mouth, so we should do twice as much listening as talking. The writer of Proverbs says: A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Proverbs 17:27 (ANIV) Our ultimate source of wisdom and knowledge is the one who created us and knows us better than we know ourselves. The Bible says that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge’. Believing in and knowing and understanding God, who loves us because He loves us because He loves us because He is love is where we will find wisdom and faith.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,
and all these things shall be added unto you,
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 Rural Coffee Van will be at Sotterley Chapel from 10.30am on Thursday 5th August
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
Mrs Ann Hastings - Payne on 07884 584106
You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown below:-
The next Deanery Synod will be on Thursday 15th July 2021 at 7.30pm.
The meeting will be facilitated by Zoom
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for joining details
Date of next meeting - To be advised
An exhibition - "Reflections on Brampton's Recent Past" is currently installed in St Peter's. Please see a poster in the Downloads Section.