A FOUR-LEGGED FEAST
Painswick Feast brings together the tradition of Clypping, apple day and the legendary Puppy Dog Pie – St Mary’s is one of only four churches in England that continue to celebrate the Feast day of their local church with the Clypping (embracing) ceremony. Bells ring out, children wear garlands of flowers in their hair and receive a specially baked bun and pocket money. Villagers gather in a circle around the church holding hands and singing the traditional Clypping hymn to signify the coming together of the community.
People bring their apples to be pressed, teddy bears are parachuted from the church tower, live music is played, visitors browse stalls, and of course the famous Puppy Dog Pie is served! This is a free event for everyone in the community to enjoy!
Each year a speaker is chosen to speak at the Feast, and this year it is Bishop Rachel, The Bishop of Gloucester.