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Bounce & Play
Bounce & Play is back this half term! We're offering two sessions of bouncy castle and soft play fun, one for under 7s, and one for all ages. Reserve your spaces here, and then pay on the day. Entry is £5 and includes a Fair-trade juice box. There'll be coffee, tea and cake too.
THANK YOU! As of October 2021 you have helped us raise just over £1000 this year by playing Stroud's Lucky Severn Lottery.
A weekly community lottery, tickets are just £1 each and cash prizes range from £25 all the way up to the jackpot of £25,000. Plus there are regular bonus prizes like iPads, short breaks away, and - if you're in the draw on 30th October - £1000 John Lewis vouchers! The best bit for us as we work to maintain an old and historic building is that 50p from every ticket comes straight to us as your chosen charity, and another 10p will go to other local causes.
We are currently seeking a new Centre Manager to oversee the day-to-day running of the Centre. It's a part-time role with flexible working patterns, so if you're interested please check out our Work With Us page for more information. We are also always looking to build our crew of paid casual job vacancies, from evening and weekend bar staff, to 'sticking' the skittles as we head into skittles season, to daytime hours setting out the hall and rooms for our regular bookings, so do get in touch.
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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