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 1st June from 10am 'til noon at
Anvil, Blacksmith's Corner, Chapel Road, Ilketshall St Andrew, NR34 8HS , the home of John and Jacquie Harrison
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 Wednesday 12th June , 7.30 pm, at Reydon Church
The Benefice Council - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9th July at Shadingfield Village Hall
There will be a Concert by Auriga Capella on Sunday May 19th at All Saints Ringsfield at 7.30pm.
The Rural Coffee Van will be at Brampton Village Hall on Tuesday 14th May from 10.00am 'til noon.
There will be a service to Bless the Crops at Sotterley Chapel at 3pm on Sunday June 2nd. Refreshments will be served.
This annual event takes place at Sotterley Chapel from 2pm to 5pm on 25th/26th May
Sunday 26th May and Monday 27th May
2pm to 5pm Refeshments both days
Annual Fete on Monday.
Admission £3 under 14's free