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 - January 2020

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 1st February (10 am 'til noon) at 4 Grove Cottages, Brampton, the home of Nick and Tracey Burrows.


 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  Wednesday 12th February - 7.30pm at Ringsfield Village Hall

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 11th February  from 10.00am 'til noon, and at Shadingfield Village Hall on Friday 21st February at the same time.

Sotterley Snowdrop Sundays

Sotterley Hall Gardens and Park will be open from 2.00pm - 5.00pm on Sundays 23rd February and 1st March. There will be refreshments in the Church

Westhall Burns Night

Burns Night Supper at the Village Hall on Friday 24th January at 7pm.

Tickets at £15 available from  Julia on 01502 575518 and Ann on 575163. More details in the "Sheaf".

Snowdrop Day at Gable House Redisham

John and Brenda Foster's Garden will  be open for the National Gardens Scheme on Sunday 17th February (11am - 4pm)

Admission £4.50

Farewell to Revd John Loftus

John's last rota'ed  service in the Benefice will be on Sunday February 2nd - Candlemas.

John will lead a candlelit  service at St John the Baptist, Shadingfield at 6.30pm on this day. 

The service will be followed by refreshments

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