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Anything But Board is landing this February
Handmade In - Painswick cafe & shop now open
The Painswick Centre is proud to be the home of the Handmade In - Painswick arts cafe. Opened in late 2021 by two local artists and entrepreneurs, as well as serving hot drinks and delicious locally made cakes, Handmade in Painswick stocks beautifully made items from local artists and makers. From paintings and prints to candles and honey, from cards and ceramics to jewellery and gin, it's the perfect place to browse and see all the creativity that is nestled in these valleys.
Friday 4th February
What is The Painswick Centre?
The building now known as The Painswick Centre was given to the town well over 100 years ago thanks to the generosity of the wealthy Frances Sarah Williams. Originally called The Painswick Institute & Working Men’s Club (or The 'Stute as it was affectionately known for many decades), it was opened to great fanfare in September 1907, and provided somewhere the local community could mix together in large numbers, regardless of class or religion. The Institute was founded as a charity to be managed by Trustees, which is how it is still run today.
According to the original Deed of Trust, the
building was "for the general benefit, improvement, education, & advantage of the inhabitants"
of Painswick and the surrounding villages, and
"the Trustees shall not pay any regard to race,
religion, sect or creed."
Over the years the Institute was an extremely well used centre for many clubs, groups and community celebrations. After the acrimonious closure of the Working Men's Club in the late 1990s, the Institute was renamed as The Painswick Centre, and it has continued to strive to provide a wide range of recreational, educational and social opportunities for the community to enjoy, true to the original wishes of our founder Frances Sarah Williams.
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