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Pies made from puppies and bears thrown from a church

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Ancient tradition was upheld when the community came together throw teddy bears off a church tower, make a pie out of puppy dogs, press apples, meet the Bishop of Gloucester and make merriment.

Painswick Feast and Clypping drew a large crowd to the village known as The Queen of the Cotswolds near Stroud on Sunday – but no teddy bears nor puppies were harmed during the event.

The clypping, an old English word which means embracing, saw Painswickians form a circle round the church and ‘clyppe’ or embrace the church for the annual service held on the third Sunday in September.

Villagers also enjoyed a Painswick Feast together; a meal served in the churchyard with a menu of local produce created by and included the village’s legendary Puppy Dog pie – a meat and vegetable pie.

The origins of Puppy Dog pie are uncertain, but one legend is that two Painswick sisters served their boyfriend puppy dog pie, after discovering that they also had girlfriends in Stroud or that when an Innkeeper ran out of food he served up his own dog.

Matt Black, St Michaels Bistro proprietor, cooked up the famous pie: “We have had real fun recreating our ‘Puppy dog pie’,” he said. “As a dog friendly restaurant, we have assured our customers, that unlike the original pie in the 19th century, our secret ingredients are prunes soaked in a Tregothnan tea, spices and Armagnac, which perfectly complement the slow braised shin of locally reared beef.”

Teddy Bears are parachuted from the tower of St Mary’s Church as part of the festivities too.

Iris McCormick of the village’s orchard group which runs the event with the church, and parish council said the day went very well.

“It was just a fabulous day,” she said. “There was a lot on for families and lots of people said how much they enjoyed it – we wanted it to be accessible for all and free, and it was very successful.”


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