Upcoming Services and Events
We feel very blessed to worship at St Oswald’s and all are made welcome here. The church building stands on the outskirts of the grounds of Hauxwell Hall and is approached through an imposing set of estate gates. The only sounds heard are the songs of birds and the trickling of the beck; this is a tranquil and peaceful setting where one can truly feel closer to God. The church building is never locked and is often visited by those wishing for spiritual rest and restorative calm. Our burial ground is not reserved for those worshipping at St Oswald’s: we have people of other Christian denominations buried here and all are welcome to share our well-kept and idyllic setting.
Our Church Building and Local Community
St Oswald’s church is an ancient Grade 1 listed building with parts dating back to the 11th century; there is even a 9th century Anglo-Danish cross-shaft being used as a lintel in one blocked doorway. We celebrate our heritage both ancient and more modern. Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison, ‘Sister Dora’, was born in Hauxwell where her father was the Rector in the mid-19th Century. She was a much-loved pioneer in the first civilian nursing service and practised in Walsall, where a hospice bears her name. We have had many visitors from Walsall coming to visit the Pattison graves which lie within the older section of the churchyard. The Millennium was celebrated by the ladies of the community producing ‘The Millennium Wall Hanging’ proudly displayed on the south wall of the nave. The fine and beautifully intricate embroidery of the wall hanging illustrates many aspects of our church’s history.