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
The Benefice Welcomes the Revd Claire Kiddy
I am delighted to announce that the Revd Claire Kiddy has joined our Benefice as Associate Priest. This follows Bishop Mike's and Archdeacon Jeanette's decision to second Claire to the Hundred River and Wainford Benefice with particular responsibility for Brampton, Stoven, Redisham and Westhall on completion of her curacy with Beccles Parish. Claire was licensed as Assistant Curate to be known as Associate Priest at Westhall Church on July 5th.
We all look forward to welcoming Claire and pray for her ministry with us.
REFLECTION FOR TRINITY 9
It is three and a half weeks since I was licensed as Associate Priest in the Hundred River and Wainford Benefice. Rev Phil has invited me to give an update on how I am settling in and what my hopes and dreams are. It feels like I have been here for a very long time, I am still on the edge looking in – it takes quite a while getting to know the villages, people are scattered and live busy lives. I am keen to meet with people to find out what it is they love about their village, church, and community.
Each village is unique and I believe it is important for each to keep their own identity as well as finding a way to ‘be’ as a benefice. I wonder how God is calling us to ‘be’ as a benefice. To discern God’s activity all we do must be rooted in prayer and we must pay attention to where the Holy Spirit is leading us. Each village has its own traditions and it is good to consider how these traditions can be a missional tool for us. We must also be brave and let some things go and entrust all that is to come to God. For us to proclaim the Gospel in this generation and in this place we are required to step out in faith.
In all our relationships communication is key. First and foremost talking to God in prayer and then with one another. One of my most delightful conversations this week was with a little boy in Brampton Church who excitedly told me about the spiders he had found under the altar rail. I don’t think he was convinced that I was quite as excited about them as he was, maybe he didn’t think I believed him because he then said, ‘do you want me to show you the spiders, come and see, one of them is huge’!
Jesus invited His first disciples to ‘come and see’. This is the invitation we extend to people today, to come and see Jesus. I pray that God will equip us with all we need to make Jesus visible in our village communities and that we have the grace to accept that God has given us all we need to proclaim the Gospel. It takes a huge leap of faith to believe that, when we feel bowed down by the responsibility of our church buildings, dwindling congregations and large bills to pay but it is true.
So come and see me, talk to me, tell me about yourself, your faith, your village and help me to move from the edge to be longing. But please note, for now I have seen enough spiders!
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.
L to R Revd Canon Rich Henderson, The Ven Jeanette Gosney , Claire and Revd Philip Miller
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.