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 - December 2019

Benefice Notice Board

Roving Coffee Morning


The next coffee morning  will be on Saturday 7th December at the Rectory, School Road, Ringsfield from 10am 'til noon.


 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 January 2020 at 7.30pm

Future Events

Rural Coffee Caravan

 The Rural Coffee Caravan will be at Brampton   Village Hall on 10th December  from 10.00am 'til noon, and at Shadingfield Village Hall on Friday 17th January at the same times.

Sotterley Chapel Events

Winter Music - 3pm Sunday 8th December.

Carol Service - 6.30pm  18th December

Refreshments served at both events

Westhall Pantomime

Christmas Pantomime Night - Saturday 14th December at Westhall Village Hall. Tickets £10 and £5 (under 14) from Julia on 01502 575518

Ilketshall St Andrew Christmas Fayre

The Christmas Fayre is on Saturday 30th November - 10am to 3pm in the Village Hall

Election Hustings

An Election Hustings for the Waveney Constituency will be held at St Luke's Church Beccles on Monday 2nd December at 7pm.

And for the Suffolk Coastal Constituency on Sunday 1st December - 6.30pm  at  Halesworth United Reform Church.

Ringsfield "Drop In Event"

Ringsfield PCC are planning  a "drop in " event at the Village Hall on 30th November. This aims to show case all that  happens in the Church and its surroundings during the Year

Benefice Contacts