All the indications are that there will be a bumper apple crop this Autumn. If you have apple trees in your garden and end up with spare apples, please don’t let them go to waste. Bring them along to the Old Saw Mill and we will turn them into our famous apple juice and cider. All the proceeds from sales will be used to enable the OSM to remain open and continue to support our local community. Remember our dedicated team of volunteers take over 80 meals a week to people isolated in their homes. For many this is the only visit they get all week. Your apples really could make all the difference!
If you can’t get your apples to us and can bag them up, we’ll collect them or we can even pick them as well if that would help.
If you bring enough we will even give you a fresh bottle of juice to enjoy.
We usually juice the apples on a Monday and then transfer into bottles on Tuesday. There are up to 4 of us that do this, but not everyone can work every week so if anyone wants to help just call the number below or email email@example.com.
This year we are going to make an effort to collect the apples ourselves where people can’t drop them off at the café or they just have too many such as from a small orchard. This in particular would require more volunteers to help.
We expect that we will start around the third week of August and finish at the end of October
For more details, call in to see us or ring on 01260 277685.
Our postponed 60s night is happening on Friday 19th August. Get your glad rags on and come and party to the 60s groove; 6.30pm for 7pm £15 including first drink and food, members £12. Evening featuring music, quizzes, singalongs and of course 60s food and drink! Dress optional – behave you know what we mean!!
Let’s make this one to remember!
Looking for something to occupy the youngsters during the summer break?
Why not try The Old Saw Mill Family Treasure Hunt.
Solve puzzles to find and go to locations around Congleton town centre and collect the answers to enter a children’s’ prize draw.
Aimed at 6 to 12 year old’s, they will need to be accompanied by an adult (who may even be needed to help with the puzzles so don’t imagine you will be getting an easy time).
Entry is £2 per person and everyone gets a free drink plus a ticket for a raffle to win a hamper. Age 5 and Under go free, and we’re happy to provide them with a complimentary small drink.
The hunt is available from 22nd to 27th August, pick up your question sheets at The Old Saw Mill during opening times, Monday to Friday 10 until 3 and Saturday 9 until 3.
See you there!!!
August is a busy month for us here at the OSM with certain people on holiday, mentioning no names, and with us appearing at the Medieval Fair in the Park on the same day we’ve taken the monumental decision to close the café for a day.
Therefore on Saturday 13th August the café will be closed however, we’d love for you to come and find us in the park and enjoy the goings on, no bacon sandwiches though!
We’ve tried a few times to form a board games group, but this time we’re really going for it so come and join us, we’re going for Thursday afternoons from 2pm.
We’ll campaign for people to donate more board games too, but we have the most wonderful chess set already that’s begging to be played! And plenty of playing cards….
On the 29th July we had our second film night and very successful it was too- fully sold out again. John Lindley showed The Big Sleep, and everyone seemed to enjoy the lovely film and food. Great film and traditional food all for £10 that has to be great value, I mean how could you go wrong?
No film in August we are afraid but the next film is showing on the 23rd September, so watch out for further announcements. If you have a favourite film let us know.
Here’s a reminder of what groups are meeting at the Old Saw Mill regularly
Knit and Natter
An informal group of knitting and nattering that meets at the Old Saw Mill every week on Tuesday from 2-3pm. (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
A peer led men’s mental health and wellbeing group, who meet in the Old Saw Mill for a chat on Mondays 1-3pm. (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
Women’s Health and Wellbeing Support Group
This group meets bi-weekly at the Old Saw Mill on Monday’s from 1-2:30pm – with the next session running on 15th August 2022. Sessions are relaxed and filled with positivity – come and meet like-minded women to connect, listen, share and support.
To book follow this website – https://shophealthboxcic.com/products/womens-wellbeing-support-group
Cheshire East Community Yoga and Mindfulness Classes
This class is split into the two sessions running one after the other on the last Monday of each month.
With the Free Community Mindfulness & complimentary lite brunch running from 11:30 until Noon.
Then the Free Community Yoga runs from 12 Noon until 1pm.
Any enquiries and to book please contact – www.ashtangacheshire.co.uk 07412773001
Congleton’s very own repair café runs out of the Old Saw Mill – with Members of the community banding together to repair Congleton’s broken items, while sharing their knowledge with the hope of teaching the community key transferable skills to limit the amount of ‘waste’ that goes to the landfill.
This event runs on the last Saturday of every month here at the Old Saw Mill from 10am till 2pm – No need to book just turn up on the day
Ukrainian Drop In’s
Further to this we are hosting drop-in sessions to provide a safe, welcoming space for Ukrainians and their host families in town to meet chat and share. These are running every Wednesday and Saturday from 2-3pm in the Café at the Old Saw Mill. (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
Antenatal and Postnatal teach in classes – Baby Stepps
Nic and Emily of Baby Stepps! Are excited to introduce you to their Antenatal and Postnatal education classes! The groups held in The Old Saw Mill, Congleton, are relaxed, interactive and fun! Encouraging questions, laughter and friendship!
Some events are planned in August but not set in stone, so keep an eye on their Facebook page below to keep up to date with future events
The organisation MyCWA, a Cheshire based charity supporting families affected by domestic abuse, uses the Old Saw Mill for various drop-in sessions and peer support groups for individuals in Congleton and surrounding areas .
Congleton Peer Support Lounge is a monthly support session for female survivors of domestic abuse, with each week’s topic focussed around the five ways to wellbeing – connect, take notice, keep learning, be active and give.
To find out more or to book your place please call – 01270 250390
Dove Buddies, organised by the Dove Service is a friendship group for adults experiencing loss and/or isolation. Offering the chance to meet new people, with the option of purchasing some refreshments from The Old Saw Mill’s Delicious Menu.
This group will run every first Tuesday of the month from 12:30pm until 2:00pm here at the Old Saw Mill.
Any enquiries or for further information please contact 01782 683155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheshire Kids Clothes Swap Shop
We are also being host to some Cheshire Kid’s Clothes Swap Shop events upstairs here at the OSM, their aim is to recycle as many kid’s clothes as possible in Cheshire East! Amazing right… The first event was a huge success so Nicola is looking into finalising future dates for the coming year. Keep an eye on their Facebook page here for future dates.
Our Lunch Club is still going strong – here’s this months menu to tickle your taste buds.
Old Saw Mill Lunch Club – August Menu
Friday 5th August
Fish pie with mixed vegetables
Allergens- milk, fish
Vegetarian cottage pie
Chocolate tray bake
Friday 12th August
Roast turkey with stuffing
Veggie sausage casserole
Roast potatoes, Carrots and swede
Cabbage and gravy
Apple crumble and custard
Allergens- gluten, milk
Friday 19th August
Pork stroganoff with new potatoes
Mushroom stroganoff with new potatoes
Broccoli and carrots
Allergens- gluten, milk
Friday 25th August
Beef casserole with mash, (milk, mustard, celery, gluten)
Chick pea and sweet potato curry and rice( no allergens)
Carrots and peas
Allergens Eggs, gluten,milk