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Clover Stroud comes to Painswick

In conversation with Clover Stroud

The wonderful duo behind the Handmade in Painswick cafe & shop are now hosting literary events at The Painswick Centre! On 3rd November journalist & author Clover Stroud will be talking about her life and work, answering questions and signing copies of her latest book The Red of My Blood. The book recounts the visceral passage of Clover’s life in the year following her sister Nell Gifford’s death, and records how life feels when abruptly interrupted by death. It examines, with an unflinching gaze, the unbearable, uncharted terrain of grief.

One of the most haunting, gripping books I’ve read in recent memory… knife-sharp, beautiful, and profound. This is a masterful memoir.’ MADELINE MILLER, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe

‘Clover Stroud is a fearless explorer of the human heart, and a writer of incomparable grace and passion.’ ELIZABETH GILBERT

Wick-Flix presents Operation Mincemeat


On Friday 11th November Wick-Flix presents Operation Mincemeat. Join us for a warm welcome as some of Britain's finest actors tell the true story of a daring and outrageous secret service operation during World War II. Starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Penelope Wilton and Jason Isaacs.

"A ripping yarn full of intrigue and exacting detail..."
Jim Schembri, jimschembri.com

Tickets are £9 on the door, cash or card, and your first drink is included; doors open at 7pm; screening starts at 7.45pm. With an interval for drinks & ice cream, sweet & savoury snacks also available. With thanks to our Gold sponsor Murrays Estate Agents, and sponsors Woodchester Valley Wines and JW Goddard.

NEW! Half term photography classes

Half term photography workshops 2022

We're really pleased to be working with photographer Catherine Harder to offer a course of photography workshops over the October half term for young people aged 10 and up. Everything you need will be provided and Catherine's down to earth and not-too-techy teaching will get you up and running with a DSLR on day one so you can start to explore your creativity with different photography styles.

The course will be running Tues 25th - Thurs 27th October, 10am-1pm each day, and costs £99. This includes all equipment, and a set of 20 prints so you can start to build your own portfolio. Please email classes@painswickcentre.com to book.

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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