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Our latest news

New! Photography workshops for kids

Photography Feb 23

We're delighted to be working once more with talented photographer Catherine Harder on a series of photography workshops for children aged 10+. This February we have two Saturday workshops, and a more in depth 3-day course over half term, where young people can take the step up from taking photos on their phones to start to learn a real skill and develop a passion.

In conversation with author Angela Findlay

Angela Findlay

The team behind the Handmade in Painswick cafe & shop kick off their 'First Thursday' series of literature events for 2023 (on the first Thursday of every month) with a reading and interview with author Angela Findlay on Thursday 2nd February at 7pm.

Angela's fascinating book 'In My Grandfather's Shadow' explores her personal family history of a grandfather who was a decorated Nazi General, the lesser-known history of war's losers, a post-war culture of apology and atonement, and the lingering legacy of shame.

After-school art classes this February & March

Children's Art Class Spring 2023

Our very popular after-school art classes with teacher & artist Hannah Ellis are back! Starting in February on Wednesdays, children aged 7-11 can get stuck in to discovering new techniques and media, being inspired by different artists and artworks, and exploring their creativity to make their own unique artwork each week.

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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