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 - April 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 4th May from 10am 'til noon at 

1 Waterloo Road, Sotterley, NR34 7UA, the home of Graham and Doreen Fisher 

Growing in God



Please refer to  www.cofesuffolk.org  for details of the "Growing in God" programme.

Waveney and Blyth Deanery Synod​


 The next meeting will be held on  Wednesday 12th June , 7.30 pm, at Reydon Church

Benefice Council



The Benefice Council  - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9th July at Shadingfield Village Hall

Future Events

Ringsfield Concert


There will be a Concert by Auriga Capella on Sunday May 19th at All Saints Ringsfield at 7.30pm.

Shadingfield Church Flower Festival

The Shadingfield Flower Festival returns this year on Easter Sunday and  Monday 21st and 22nd April from 10.00am

Rogation Service

There will be a service to Bless the Crops at Sotterley Chapel at 3pm on Sunday June 2nd. Refreshments will be served.

Wildlife and Country Teas Weekend

This annual event takes place at Sotterley Chapel from 2pm to 5pm on 25th/26th May

Sotterley Open Gardens

Sunday  26th May and Monday 27th May

2pm to 5pm  Refeshments both days

Annual  Fete  on Monday. 

Admission £3  under 14's free

Benefice Contacts