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 - June 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 6th July from 10am 'til noon at 

Greenfields, Mill Common, Westhall (next to Tony's Stores), the home of Anita Goddard.


 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 June , 7.30 pm, at Reydon Church

Benefice Council



The Benefice Council  - next meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 9th July at Shadingfield Village Hall


Future Events

Music for a Summer Evening

 A  Concert featuring  the friends and students of Marie  Young - St John the Baptist  Church, Shadingfield.  Saturday June 29th at 7.30pm.

Adults £6 Children £3 - please call Pauline on 01502 575357 for tickets. 


Rogation Service

There will be a service to Bless the Crops at Sotterley Chapel at 3pm on Sunday June 2nd. Refreshments will be served.

Redisham Church Fete

The Church Fete is being held at the Old Vicarage on Saturday July 6th  from 2.30 pm.

Sotterley History Exhibition

Saturday and Sunday July 6th and 7th, 1pm to 4pm at Sotterley Chapel

Benefice Contacts