September Friday meals

Friday 3rd Sept Pork stroganoff with rice and green beans. Or Mushroom stroganoff. Bakewell tart traybake Friday 10th Sept Beef lasagne, garlic bread and sweet corn. Or Vegetable lasagne. chocolate cake filled with fresh whipped cream Friday 18th Sept Roast chicken fillet with stuffing, pigs …

Congleton Climate Festival Week and Green Fayre 23rd to 30th October:

Congleton Sustainability Group and Congleton Town Council are holding a Climate Festival Week of events and Green Fayre to highlight to our community how important the COP26 negotiations are to us all and what each and everyone of us can do in our daily lives to reduce our carbon footprint. To that end we are planning to base the Festival Week around the key themes of our soon to be launched eLearning ‘Sustainable Living in Congleton’ course, namely Energy, Water, Travel, Waste and Food.

Specifically, the Saw Mill will be holding apple pressing demonstrations during the week.

The Green Fayre will be held on Saturday 30th October between 10am and 3pm with stalls and presentation space on Congleton High Street. The High Street will be closed to traffic. The monthly Makers Market will be held at the same time in the town centre, same day maximising the potential footfall, weather permitting! There will be over 30 stalls.

COP26 stands for the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties that signed up to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992. 197 nations (Parties) signed up to the UNFCCC Treaty to ‘prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system’ in 1992. The Treaty puts the onus on developed countries to lead the way. The COP is the decision-making body and meets every year (but cancelled last year).

There have been three subsequent treaties, of which The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 and the Copenhagen Accord of 2009 both failed to deliver. However the Paris Agreement of 2015 was a success with every nation pledging to constrain emissions so as to reach net zero by 2050 and the richer nations re-pledging to provide $100 billion a year to help the poorest countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.

BUT current climate pledges are not enough to meet either of the Paris goals. Current warming is +1.2°C., increasing by 0.2°C. each decade. With current policies global warming will be 2.9°C. by 2100, which spells complete disaster.

COP26 is the first COP after the deadline whereby all nations agreed to ratchet up their nationally determined contributions and communicate their long-term strategies for achieving net-zero emissions and for the $100bn a year to help poorer countries to be paid.

COP26 is therefore incredibly important for the future of the planet.


Too few of you felt confident to support Paul Adby’s show so we postponed until 1st October, so hopefully you’ll feel able to join us for Paul’s fantastic guitar skills on that Friday evening, food and drink as usual.


Future diary dates for you: the West Kingston group have been rehearsing long and hard to be ready to put on a one act play in the cafe about a woman struggling with social isolation during Covid. If that sounds a bit heavy then we’re told the play including songs and joy that reflects on the real challenges of the last 18 months. The play will be on Friday and Saturday evenings 8th and 9th of October. Food and drink will be provided 🙂
Di Cooke and her gang will be following a similar theme with a play called Covideo on November 12 and 13th, food and drink too.

Meals on Wheels

Our delivery of chilled meals to socially isolated folks around the town continues very successfully. As work for the Town Council staff has returned to normal they are no longer able to delivery the meals but a growing army of volunteers is making sure the food gets to the correct destinations with a friendly smile and a wave. Friendships are being established.
Don’t forget if you know anyone that you feel would benefit from the service just let Alsion Wright know via 01260 277658.

Opening Times

As we reported last month we’ve been really struggling with skilled staff meaning we really faced having to close on Mondays during August. In the event we only closed on one Monday and now we’re confident we can open 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday.
However, what is different is that people are not using the cafe much before 10am in the morning but they’re keener to stay beyond 3pm so from Monday 30th August we’ll open each day at 10am and close at 4pm giving you more time to enjoy tea and Ruth’s lovely cakes.