St Arilda’s Church sits on the hill above Oldbury village and enjoys beautiful views over the farmland to the River Severn. Its is the only Church to be dedicated to St Arilda, a local Saxon Saint.
Today Oldbury School maintains close links with St Arilda’s. Pupils regularly visit for traditional Harvest, Christmas and Easter services. School productions are also held in the Church throughout the year. The Church provides an excellent stage for performances.
As St Arilda’s falls within the parish of Thornbury pupils occasionally participate in workshops held at St Mary’s Church. These workshops focus upon a particular theme such as Easter and allow pupils to explore further the stories and traditions surrounding that event.
The Reverend Dr Jan van der Lely has now taken over the parish of Thornbury and Oldbury. She was previously an Assistant Curate in Cirencester, Gloucestershire.