Another Successful Repair Café

Another successful repair café was hosted at the Old Saw Mill on Saturday 26th February, with many broken and soon to be thrown away items fixed and back at home, rather than in a landfill among many other broken but repairable things.
We’ve all got something that we don’t want to throw away and tell ourselves well one day someone might be able to fix it, bring it down to the repair café and the volunteer repairers will try and do just that.
The next event will be Saturday March 26th.
In the mean time head on over to the Facebook page to keep in the loop with what’s going on and send over a message if you’re unsure on what you can bring to the next event.
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Proggy Mat Workshop

Some of you were slightly confused over what a proggy mat was after the last newsletter so Helen has kindly confirmed the date for her session and provided us with some information on the history of proggy mats and what the session will look like.

Would you like to have a go at an old traditional craft in a relaxing friendly


Then come to the ‘Proggy mat’ session at The Old Saw Mill

On Saturday 23rd April 2022 10am until 2pm

Cost £20

This will cover all materials and refreshments including a light lunch.

Booking in advance with Lili-ann at The Old Saw Mill


These mats have different names in different regions including proggy (North East),

tab or peg (Yorkshire), clootie basses (Scotland) and rag, proddy, dippie, peggy and

hooky in a variety of regions.

These rugs were originally from the early 20th century. They were made out of old

sacks and recycled scraps of cloth (old clothes). As part of the ‘Make do and mend’

spirit they were very much part of the community and would involve all family

members in the making of them! These rugs were an economical way of keeping feet warm before the era of fitted carpets. How nice to step out of bed onto a warm rug instead of cold lino! It was quite a tradition to have a new mat for Christmas usually a door mat.

The session – what will it involve?

You will be provided with all of the materials and tools to have a go at making a small

proggy mat. We will go through step by step how to approach it. It takes more than a

few hours to start and complete one but you will be able to take home all of the

materials to complete the project. We will be using hessian and felt material but you

can always do another one at home with an old sack and some old clothes. There will be an instruction sheet so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything. There is a suggested method in which to finish them when all the proggying is done! It is a very enjoyable and easy craft to get to grips with and once you get started you can go at your own pace.

There are a number of groups throughout the country attempting to keep this craft

alive. The craft does not have to be restricted to rugs. You can make wall hangings,

framed pictures, cushion covers, bags etc. We could have an Old Saw Mill Proggy Mat group if there was enough interest.

The maximum number of people for this session is 10 but if it proves popular there

will be another session offered at another date.

Hope to see you there! Helen

Bro’s – We have a new start date

It’s official we have a new start date for the BRO’s group…. Monday 7th March!!

The Bros group will be facilitated by Mike Henshall, mental health link worker for healthbox cic.

Mike is originally from Congleton and is passionate about helping others on their journey through mental health challenges. He has worked in various roles from factories to the forces and has been helping people to make positive changes in people’s lives for over 30 years both as a volunteer and in paid roles. 

Mike has lived experience of mental health in particular depression and Ptsd, due to many years of putting everyone else’s wellbeing before his own and his recovery was a mix of self-help through his knowledge as a trained life coach and through accepting help from professionals. Mike now puts his experience and skills to good use by helping people in crisis across Cheshire and he describes this role as “being a salesman of Hope”. 

Why not pop in to the Bros group on Mondays from 1 till 3pm to meet Mike and the other Gents at the group where you can chat about life’s challenges and maybe get some inspiration from the group to make some positive changes yourself. The group isn’t a counselling type session but is a safe place where men can talk and face life’s issues shoulder to shoulder. 

Please find attached below the link to the previous post regarding BRO’s

Meals on Wheels for March

We are still successfully delivering 80+ meals to individuals within our community through our meals on wheels scheme. If you or anyone you may know would benefit from one of our Friday Lunch deliveries, please contact us at the Old Saw Mill by:


Phone: 01260 277 658


Please find below this month’s Lunch Club menu:

Friday 4th March

Roast pork with stuffing, Roast potatoes, Carrots and swede, White cabbage and Gravy (gluten, milk)

Veggie option

Stuffed peppers (milk, gluten)

Roast potatoes, carrots and swede, cabbage.

Chocolate brownie  ( eggs, milk, gluten)

Friday 11th March

Sausage and Mash with carrots, peas and gravy ( gluten, milk)

Veggie option

Veggie sausages and mash with carrots, peas and gravy ( gluten, milk)

Apple crumble and custard  ( eggs, gluten, milk)

Friday 18th March

Chicken casserole with new potatoes, broccoli and carrots. ( gluten)

Veggie option

Mediterranean chickpea and vegetable stew with new potatoes, broccoli and carrots (none)

Lemon drizzle( eggs, gluten, milk)

Friday 25th March

Cottage pie with carrots and broccoli ( gluten, milk)

Veggie option

Veggie cottage pie (gluten, milk)

Berry cheesecake ( milk, gluten)

Our Homemade Produce

You know all too well that we make our own apple juice, cider and cider vinegar but something that we are trying hard to produce this year is a variety of jams and chutneys alongside this.

We currently have a mixed selection of jams, chutneys and marmalade.

Our jars are:

£2.80 for a single jar
£5 for 2
£7.50 for 3
We also have local honey on sale, which we have sourced from Mike Pearson, priced at £5.

Come in and have a look at the delicious selection of homemade produce we have to offer. 

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea’s – Sunday March 27th

We are opening on mothering Sunday for special Mother’s Day afternoon teas. Come for afternoon tea at the Old Saw Mill on Sunday 27th March only £12.50 per person.

The perfect treat this Mother’s Day will include…


Egg Mayo & Cress

Mature Cheddar & Red Onion

Old Saw Mill Ham & Tomato

Pastries & Scones

Scones Served with a Choice Of Jams & Cream

Mini Quiche or Sausage Roll


Mini Cheesecake

Chocolate Brownie

Lemon Drizzle


Tea and coffee will be included

Add a glass of prosecco £4

How can you support us?

This is a reminder of how you can support us, through various schemes we are introducing

Loyalty scheme
Don’t forget our Loyalty Scheme has been resurrected. Our new scheme is very similar. You can join the scheme by clicking on the link below and filling in the application form which is also available in the Old Saw Mill. For £3 per month or £35 per year you will get:

A loyalty card to prove you have signed up.
A 10% discount on all food and drinks you purchase in our café
Every month a free gift, typically a cake or biscuit and a cup of tea or coffee to wash it down.
Please find attached a loyalty card application form, If you want more information, next time you are in why not talk to one of our loyal staff who will do their best to answer any questions you have.

More details can be found at:

Meal voucher scheme
We have introduced meal vouchers which can be distributed to those in greatest need which entitles them to claim a meal and drink in the café or a takeaway. In order to cover the costs of this initiative, we are asking local residents, organisations and businesses to make a donation so we can cover the cost of the meals.

For example £18 would provide a meal for a family of three but we would be more than happy to receive any amount towards our costs.

If you would like to help out please bring your donation into the Old Saw Mill or make a bank transfer into our account clearly marking it Meal Scheme.

(The Old Saw Mill CBS            Sort Code: 20-82-13                Account no: 70209244)

More details can be found at:

Gift tokens
We are now offering gift vouchers for the Old Saw Mill, these can be purchased as a gift for a perhaps a special occasion like a birthday, or just a general act of kindness from one friend to another.

Gift vouchers will be available in all values, and cover the cost of all products we have available.  

For example, a perfect use for our gift vouchers is to gift an afternoon tea for two. As you probably know by now our (pre-booked) afternoon teas are available inside the café and to take out.

To enquire about our gift vouchers, get in touch via:


Phone: 01260 277 658


Friday Nights at the Mill – the successes and what’s next…

St David’s Night

What a success, this event had a slightly smaller crowd but there was no loss in atmosphere. Friday February 25th marked the night of our next, and again very successful Friday Night at the Mill. All who gathered for the night, enjoyed the evening of laughter, singing and super tasty food. Thank you to everyone who made this night like so many others… special!!


St Patrick’s Night

Our next night at the mill will fall on a Saturday rather than the usual Friday format, due to an unchangeable clash in the diary. Our sincerest apologies to those who we have confused with dates.

Given the success of St David’s night last month, this month we will be celebrating St Patrick’s night. Clear the calendar and come and join us for an Irish themed, St Patricks Night on Saturday March 19th.

The evening will follow a similar format as before a 6:30pm start for food around 7:00pm. The menu is yet to be confirmed, but will be advertised prior to the event, nevertheless we can tell you the menu will be… yes you guessed it IRISH!!

For any information or to book, please contact us through:
Phone: 01260 277 658