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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.

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