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 - March 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 6thApril from 10am 'til noon at Manor House Farm,Dunburgh Road,Geldeston NR34 0LL  the home of Ann and John Hastings - Payne.

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 April at Shadingfield Village Hall

Future Events

The Rural Coffee Caravan


The Rural Coffee Caravan will be at Brampton Village Hall on Tuesday 12th March, from 10.00am 'til noon

Shadingfield Church Flower Festival

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

Lent Lunches

Redisham and Ilketshall St Andrew's are combining this year to serve lent lunches on Saturday 30th March at St Andrew's Village Hall.

Ringsfield will be providing Lent Lunches at All Saints Church on Tuesday 12th March. Both events timed from 12.00pm to 2.00pm.

Ringsfield Supper and Quiz

 The Parish Supper and Quiz will take place at the Village Hall on Friday 1st March at 7.30pm. Tickets at £10 available from Peter Westmacott  Tel. 01502 716387

Book Launch

"Ringsfield - A Suffolk Village" is an updated book by Verity Montague on Ringsfield and its history . It will be launched at Ringsfield Village Hall on Saturday 6th April from 11am 'til 1pm. Refreshments available.

Benefice Contacts