Energy Costs

We’re all thinking about energy costs…

Pre-Covid the Saw Mill was spending £370 a month on electricity. You’ll all know that there is no gas supply to the Old Saw Mill. Last month including VAT we spent £1117 on electricity – roughly £40 a day! Clearly, we need to do something clever to reduce our energy bill – all wild and wonderful ideas welcome and will be greatly appreciated.


Well, we had to cancel St Patricks Night! What’s happening goodness only knows, the café is quiet too :(.

All suggestions as to solutions will be very welcome…

Free Homemade Children’s Easter Treat at Half Term

We know that school holidays can get, well… you know the rest.

How about bringing them down to the Old Saw Mill?

Throughout half term we are offering a free homemade children’s sweet treat when you eat in the café with a child.

This offer will be valid 4th – 8th April and 11th– 18th April all you have to do is order food in the café and the little one’s sweet treat is on us.

The obligatory T’s & C’s…

We will try our best to cater for all special dietary requirements

Maximum 4 Children per Adult

Offer limited to one sweet treat per child per day

St George’s Night

Following on from our previous Friday night events we are delighted to announce that…

St George’s night will be Friday April 22nd .

The evening will follow the usual format of arriving at 6:30pm for 7pm, followed by  main and a pud and then the usual sing-alongs, quizzes and frivolities. 

Theme to be confirmed as we’re still pondering…
We want the evening to be representative of what is going on around the world not just in England, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  

Brain Gym Group

Starting Tuesday 12th April 3:30-4:30pm we are holding a ‘BRAIN GYM GROUP’. We hope to hold it on the 2nd Tuesday of each month: (10th May, 14th June, 12th July).
We’ll be setting you things to solve and share of various levels of difficulty and you can also bring your own. (Number, Shape, Words, Logic etc).
Here’s one to get you going…
If you throw one dart at a standard dart board what is the lowest score you CANNOT get?
What is the lowest score you CANNOT get with three darts all scoring?
Answers on 12th April 3:30-4:30 @ the Old Saw Mill
For further details call Peter R on 07717003847

Another Repair Café Success!

With the help of all the volunteers we’ve successfully held three amazing Repair Café events here at the Old Saw Mill.
The last event saw 25+ things fixed, including a wide variety of items from… Clothes, Lamps, Dolls Houses and Refitting Bicycle seats! It really is amazing what the volunteer repairers can do.
So, do you have something that could do with a fix? Or do you just want some advice on how best to use certain appliances? Come on down to the next repair café event…
The next event is Saturday 30th April @ the Old Saw Mill 10am-2pm
Hope to see you there – Let’s get repairing not replacing!!

April’s Meals on Wheels

This is of course our great success story. The service started during lockdown and has continued since. We’re conscious that there must be more people interested in receiving meals – all we have to do is find them. To that end, we had the opportunity to apply for a Covid Recovery grant which I’m delighted to say we were successful in receiving. It means that we can supply free meals to up to 40 people a week for the next 12 months which has to be the best news! Maybe some of the meals will go to Ukrainian families.

Below is this month’s menu for Meals on Wheels

April Lunch club menu
Friday 1st April
Pork stroganoff
Mushroom stroganoff(v)
New potatoes
mixed vegetables
Fruit crumble and custard
Friday 8th April
Minced beef and onion pie
Cheese and onion pie (v)
Mashed potatoes
Garden peas.
Carrot cake
Friday 15th April
Roast Turkey breast and lemon and thyme stuffing.
Stuffed aubergine, topped with breadcrumbs and cheese.
Roast potatoes
Carrot and swede mash
Cauliflower cheese, Gravy
Easter cupcakes
Friday 22nd April
Lasagne, garlic bread and salad
Vegetable lasagne with garlic bread and salad
Sticky toffee pudding and custard
Friday 29th April
Braised steak with onions with yorkshire pudding and gravy
Veggie sausages with onion gravy.
mashed potatoes
Carrots and white cabbage
Creamy rice pudding with homemade jam

Developing new groups…

I hope by now you’ve all heard about the peer led group ‘BRO’s’ – organised by Mike Henshall here at the Old Saw Mill. BRO’s had a very successful launch month with old friends reuniting and new friends coming together.


Mike’s colleague Collette has decided to start a similar women’s group in May, with further details to follow. This group will run on opposite Mondays to the Bro’s group. So, this means bros will run fortnightly alongside the new group, when it starts. But don’t worry, Mike already has some plans on how to spend the week away from the OSM!

We will update you with more info in the next newsletter when we know more! 

Welcoming Friends From Ukraine

There are talks likely to involve the Old Saw Mill in hosting groups of Ukrainian folk. Congleton is introducing a movement to house displaced Ukrainians.
This is very likely to happen sooner rather than later as things are moving quickly in the town, we’re not quite sure what this will mean to the Old Saw Mill. But we do know, we are offering space, food and safe company.
Our Chef Marina also has friends around town who speak Ukrainian and we aim to build communication channels through this.