Treasurer/Finance Director

Treasurer/Finance Director:
Dewi has been a stalwart member of the Old Saw Mill board since early 2018 and has decided to hang his pencil and calculator up at the AGM. If you might be interested in this position and want to talk more about it then contact Peter Aston in the first instance. It is likely that the board will co-opt anyone interested so that they can get a feel of the position prior to election to board at the 2022 AGM. Formal finance qualifications are not necessary for this position but an interest in company finance probably is .

Old Saw Mill Members and Friends

Many of you will recall that we changed the kind of company that we are from a Community Interest Company to a Community Benefit Society to give us the structure to buy the Old Saw Mill if and when we had the wherewithal to. To that end members of the old company have been offered the opportunity to become members of the new company so they are now shareholders  of the CBS, and thank you to those of you who have become shareholder members.
Now the cafe is open again it’s obvious that several customers still want to be part of the cafe without the legalise of becoming shareholders so we are proposing to start a ‘Friends of The Old Saw Mill’ scheme at £3 per month, £30 per annum that will entitle the holder to 10% off all purchases and regular monthly offers.
Just ask Ruth if you want to join the scheme next time you’re in the cafe.

Opening up at the Old Saw Mill

The more people I talk to, the more convinced I am that the Covid pandemic has changed things probably forever. As some lockdown restrictions were lifted in April, we started thinking about how we would get ready for opening to customers on the 17th May, we felt we had to present a bright new cafe, as far as we could.
So, out with the pots of paint to refresh the cafe and a deep clean everywhere needless to say. We refurbished equipment because most of the ‘kit’ has been idle for nearly 15 months.
We have been making and delivering 70 meals a week thanks to Craig Kirk’s team, using the upstairs kitchen all through lockdown, but opening the cafe for visiting customers is quite different. We have redesigned the menu; made the garden look lovely (thanks Diana, Helen and Linda) with plants donated from Fol Hollow Nurseries (thanks Chris Dale). Scarlett Pearmain, our bear, is getting a repaint thanks to volunteer Abby. We have created a take-away menu because people have got used to staying at home. Our redecoration included taking down the lights from the ceiling (don’t worry they will go back up at Christmas), changing the ceiling teapot layout, new-to-us donated shelves have allowed new ornamentation. And we have tuned the piano!
A new staff team is led by Ruth Pointon, Charla has gone to pastures new, and some of our previous volunteers have new priorities. New volunteers have joined us for work experience; to bring us new skills and enthusiasm and to see if they fancy working with us for the longer term; they are all very welcome.
The 17th of May saw us open and so far more of you have come each week, enjoying the good weather in the garden, it is lovely to see everyone. Isn’t meeting people face to face a strange feeling? We are looking forward to being properly busy again in the coming weeks. We will plan Friday evening events again as soon as we can. Jazz and Blues should take place on August Bank Holiday weekend and we are planning to have bands on both evenings.
All in all we’re nearly all new, but hopefully you’ll agree it’s still just your favourite Aunties front room with lovely food as ever!

Big Heart Lunch Club would love more volunteers

Big Heart Lunch Club would love more volunteers

Since June 2020, the Old Saw Mill Community Café in Back River Street have been cheffing up hearty meals for Congleton Town Council to deliver to people living in Congleton who for a variety of reasons may be struggling to cook a meal for themselves.

The scheme subsidised by Congleton Town Council has seen its numbers increase due to residents self-isolating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-COVID members would normally attend the luncheon clubs operating from the United Reform Church and at St John’s Community Centre in Buglawton.

The team are seeking more volunteers to help with the growing demand for its home cooked food. Currently the council along with four volunteers deliver a main meal plus a desert to the homes of 80 local people every Friday.

Peter Aston, of the Old Saw Mill said: “We would like to expand our team of volunteers to 10 people, we have a good system in place whereby each volunteer delivers approximately 10 meals to their area each week. This way residents see the same face delivering their food and if welcomed the opportunity to spend a little time with them for a chat. It has become much more than just a delivery service. Many of our members look forward to the social interaction.”

Volunteers need to be DBS checked and capable of handling money when taking payment for meals. Full training will be given on a variety of issues. The meals need to be collected from the Old Saw Mill between 8.30am and 9.30am every Friday, insulated bags are provided for the safe storage of the meals whilst being delivered. People interested in joining this team should contact Peter Aston on 07971 805372 in the first instance.

It is not to late for Congleton residents who are eligible to register with the scheme. The meals consist of a meat or vegetarian option plus a dessert. They arrive chilled with a three day ‘shelf life’ ready to be heated up in the microwave or oven. The meals are usually offered at the subsidised cost of £4 per person. To find out more call Congleton Town Council on 01260 270350 ext. 1.

For more information please contact Jackie MacArthur at Congleton Town Council on 07535 26981

Forthcoming Friday Meals

Below is a list of the meals for the next few weeks. The food is made on a Thursday and delivered by volunteers on a Friday morning. Please contact us by the Wednesday to have a meal delivered in the same week. 

4th June
Bangers and mash with peas carrots and onion gravy
Veg bangers and same as above
Homemade Rice Pudding

11th June
Fish pie cauliflower broccoli
Quorn chicken and veg pie
Apple crumble & custard

18th June
Roast beef dinner, mash, roast, peas, carrots, stuffing & Yorkshire pud
Nut roast with the above
Chocolate tray bake and choc sauce

25th June
Meat & potato pie, mash, mushy peas & Gravy
Veg pie, mash mushy peas and veg gravy
Victoria tray bake and custard