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). 

Church Services - March 2020

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 7th March at 14 Field View Gardens, Beccles, NR34 9LS, the home of Janet and George Fisher


 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 

01502 714534

You may also refer to the Diocesan web link shown  below:-


Waveney and Blyth Deanery Synod​


 The next meeting will be held on  Tuesday 23rd June - 7.30pm at St Peter's Church Holton

Benefice Council



The Benefice Council  - next meeting  at Shadingfield Village Hall. 

Tuesday 21st April  2020 at 7.00pm

Future Events

Rural Coffee Caravan

 The Rural Coffee Caravan will be at Brampton   Village Hall on Tuesday 10th  March from 10.00am 'til noon, and at Shadingfield Village Hall on Friday 20th March February at the same time.

Sotterley Snowdrop Sundays

Sotterley Hall Gardens and Park will be open from 2.00pm - 5.00pm on Sunday 1st March. There will be refreshments in the Church

Grave Talk

Grave Talk - Ilketshall St Andrew Village Hall, Monday 20th April at 7.30. An opportunity to discuss the sometimes taboo subject of  death, dying and funerals in small groups, with the help of tea and cake.

Lent Lunch

There will be a combined Lent Lunch for the parishes of Ilketshall St Andrew, Redisham and Ringsfield at All Saints Church Ringsfield on Tuesday 10th March - 12 noon 'til 2pm.


The Bohemian Choir

The Bohemian Choir from Liberec in the Czech Republic will be performing at St Margaret's Sotterley at 6pm on Sunday 29th March.  No need to book, just turn up.

There will be a retiring collection.

Ringsfield Parish Supper and Quiz

Friday 6th March 7 for 7.30pm

Two Course Supper - Bring your own drinks

Tables of 6    Tickets at £12.50 pp from

Peter Westmacott on 01502 716387.

Benefice Contacts