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April's movie night

WF April 2023

Join us on Friday 14th April for a screening of She Said. A 'bold and vital film', it dramatises the dogged work of two journalists hell bent on finally uncovering the sexual crimes of Harvey Weinstein, which the patriarchal system had kept in abeyance for decades.

“A riveting docudrama and one of the best films of 2022.”
Matt Brunson, Film Frenzy

Doors to this very special community cinema open at 7pm, the screening starts at 7.45pm. Tickets are £9 on the door, card or cash. We do have a fixed capacity so it's better to ensure you arrive sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

An evening with Brian Bilston

Brian Bilston


We're excited to be hosting an evening with the 'Banksy of poetry' and 'Twitter's unofficial Poet Laureate', Brian Bilston on

Saturday 10th June at 7.30pm

Brian's humorous verse has become beloved by his online community, and his published poetry collections and novels have been bestsellers. Diary of a Somebody (Picador) was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the McKitterick Prize.

Easter holiday art workshops

Easter art 2023

Our popular holiday art workshops with teacher & artist Hannah Ellis are back this Easter. Perfect for children aged 5-11.

Saturday 1st April 10am-12.30pm
Spring landscapes in mixed media, inspired by Jo Grundy

Wednesday 5th April 10am-12.30pm
Chicken sculptures & Easter egg bunting

Thursday 6th April 10am-12.30pm
Reduction printing & rabbit sculptures

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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