THE CENTRE IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The Trustees thank everyone who attended the AGM on 25th. There is now a Board of Trustees comprising of 8 highly experienced individuals. Whilst there is still a lot to do to the Centre is slowly being revitalised and the new Board is looking forward to developing their plans and returning the Centre to the hub of the town. We are pleased to say that the future looks bright for the Centre. However, in the short term the Centre still faces challenges, and the support of the community will be vital. Please look out for further updates and opportunities to get involved.
We thank all of those who have already lent a hand and supported us with donations and volunteering. If you wish to get involved further then please reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will let you know how you can help. If you can spare 5 minutes - please click the link above and send us feedback via our survey. Thank you!
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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