Russian New Year Evening

On the evening of Friday 7th January we’re having a Russian New Year celebration at The Old Saw Mill; food, drinks and music for all.

Our resident pianist Aida is part of a band that are going to provide the entertainment for the evening. Marina, our resident Russian cook, will be providing the authentic Russian food. We’ll find some authentic Russian drink to ‘oil’ the evening so that a good time can be had by all!
Of course, all this depends on any new lockdowns but at least lets get the New Year off with a bang if we can!
All welcome, £15 per head, first drink and food included.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

To all our customers past and present, thank you for your support and encouragement since we reopened on the 17th May! As we write this newsletter we’re working hard to serve nearly 100 Christmas lunches to people in need on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Have a lovely break and we’ll be back on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

At this stage we don’t know whether there will be new restrictions but we have already taken the decision as a board to not open on Mondays during January, please note! 

2021 – What a year

Like no other! Lockdowns, jabs, shortages of stuff and people….

However, we’ve survived, we’re fitter, more capable and looking forward to the New Year.

Although 2021 brought us some of the hardest challenges some of us have ever faced, we have proven that we are resilient and more than anything that community is extremely important to every single one of us. We know here at the Saw Mill were glad to be getting back to some form of normality and want to thank all who have supported us and each other through the pandemic.

Apples: A huge thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who has donated apples to us here at the Old Saw Mill over the last 12 weeks!
With your donations we have been able make around 2700 bottles of apple juice and will have over 500 litres of cider. Hopefully all will be sold before the new season starts in September 2022.
The proceeds will continue to be used to support the good work of the Old Saw Mill and provide socially isolated individuals with meals delivered to their homes.
Regarding further donation of apples, please do not bring us anymore as we have now finished for 2021! We will start juicing again around August 2022!
Thanks again!

Christmas Lunch

As you are probably all aware by now Christmas Lunch will come in three forms at the Saw Mill commencing December 1st.
• Christmas Lunch will be served in the Café every day from Wednesday December 1st for £12. Please book with us wherever possible.
• Our Volunteers will deliver our meals on wheels service to individuals in their homes on Christmas Eve.
• Christmas Lunch with be held here at the Saw Mill on Christmas day for friends of the Saw Mill that would rather not spend Christmas on their own.
Christmas Lunch with us, in all its forms, will be two courses consisting of a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a pud (Christmas Pudding). The vegetarian option available will be a festive vegetable bake.
We look forward to seeing you over the festive period!!

When the world takes off its mask! A COVIDEO Revue

November 12th and 13th brought Congleton’s writers forum, AmDram Collective and friends together at the Old Saw Mill for a series of brilliant light-hearted sketches and poetry surrounding living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series of performances from individuals created an atmosphere of laughter yet relatability. 2020 thorough to 2021 brought us all through one of the toughest things- a global pandemic. We were isolated and this left us feeling very lonely. As we are gently starting to return to some form of normality, this was the perfect review of the experiences we all faced during the difficult time.

Laughter, singing, and dancing represented in such a way that all the frustrating things of the pandemic were seen in a different light. Thank you to all the individuals who worked hard to create such a positive outlook on such a difficult and trying time. We look forward to seeing you all at the next one.

P.s. The sweet treats and drinks from the Old Saw Mill seemed to go down a treat as well.

Coming Soon – Bro’s like brothers

BRO’s a place for men to have a conversation with other men!

Monday’s 1pm at the Old Saw Mill. A chance for MEN to talk, listen, care. 

Life’s hard enough sometimes and we all face challenges that can weigh us down. But you don’t have to do this alone, so why not come for a brew and a CHAT and share the load?

The session will not be with a therapist ,Bro’s will be a peer lead group journeying through life shoulder

We are aiming to get the group up and running in January 2022 and there will be more information to follow. 

If you or someone you may know might be interested please register your interest at the Old Saw Mill, or through email using: info@theoldsawmill.org