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 2nd November at 29 Meadow Gardens, Beccles, the home of Peter and Glenys Westmacott, from 10am 'til noony
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 Thursday 17th October - 7.30pm at St Luke's Church Beccles
The Benefice Council - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 15th October at Ringsfield Village Hall. All Electoral Roll members are invited to this meeting to discuss the next steps for the Benefice.
The Rural Coffee Van will be at Brampton Village Hall on 15th October from 10.00am 'til noon
There will be a Charity Clay Shoot in aid of the foundation at Brick Kiln Farm Westhall on Sunday 29th September 11am to 4pm, for St Andrew's Church Westhall
Charity Quiz and Supper in aid of the food bank at Wangford Community Centre on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm. Teams of 4-6 at £10 per person.
The Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 30th November - 10am to 3pm in the Village Hall
Will be held at Ringsfield Village Hall on 9th November . Tickets, at £12.50 available from Alison Chipperfield - 01502 713249
There will be a concert with two cellos at Westhall Church on Sunday 29th September. Tickets (£15 including refreshments) available at Tony's Stores.
More information in the "Sheaf"