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 

December Friday Club menu

Friday December 3rd
Meat and potato pie served with carrots, mushy peas, and gravy
(V) Cheese and onion pie with carrots and sweetcorn

Chocolate brownie

Friday December 10th
Chicken and Chorizo casserole served with savoury rice and garden peas
(V) Spanish style vegetables with butterbeans

Lemon drizzle cake

Friday December 17th
Pork loin in mushroom served with new potatoes and mixed vegetables
(V) stuffed mushroom with cheesy breadcrumbs

Chocolate éclair


Friday 24th December
Roast turkey dinner served with stuffing, cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, sprouts, carrots and swede finished with a helping of gravy.
(V) Festive vegetarian bake

Christmas pudding with white sauce


Friday 31st December
Beef bourguignon served with mashed potatoes, carrots and white cabbage
(V) Vegetable and lentil casserole

Eton mess

Upcoming events – A bit more back to normal

Back before the world went ‘pandemiccy’ everyone seemed to enjoy our ‘Friday Night at the Mill’ evenings . So, we’re holding a Burns Night Supper on Friday 28th January, more in the December Newsletter; St David’s Night on the 25th February; St Patricks Night on the 18th March and St Georges Night on Friday 22nd April, so that’s your winter and early spring social calendar sorted!

The nights will be the usual format, 6.30pm for 7pm; drinks on arrival food just after 7pm then some sort of riotous behaviour, singalong and the like until 9.30pm. Each evening £15 per head, £12 for Members and Friends of The Old Saw Mill.

Come and join us!