We’ve Started Juicing!!

We’ve already been receiving plenty of apple donations from our wonderful community – keeping us extra busy. We’ve now started juicing and produced just over 400 bottles of apple juice so far, so if you’re stocks are running low come and get some!! But it doesn’t stop here so…
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, cider and cider vinegar. 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! Plus, if you bring enough, we will even give you a fresh bottle of juice to enjoy.
If you can’t get your apples to us but can bag them up, we’ll collect them or we can even pick them as well if that would help. There is also a drop off point for apples to be deposited at Astbury Mere, this is located between the visitor centre and the café marked with a ‘apples here please’ sign.
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 info@theoldsawmill.org.
This year we are making an extra 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.
For more details, call in to see us or ring on 07368614156.

The Next Film Night – Born Yesterday

So, our next film night is already upon us – yes, it’s September already!
Our next Classic Movie Night at the Old Saw Mill will be on Friday 23rd September- showing the fabulous 1950’s romantic comedy Born Yesterday (see below).

Please book early if you’d like to come. All 3 of these evenings to date have been sell-outs and there were a few of you who missed out last time. Please ring the Old Saw Mill on 01260 277658 if you’d like to come. Doors will open at 5.30 pm. The food is served at 6.00 pm followed by a brief introduction to the film and then the showing of the movie. Cost is £10 for non-members of the OSM and £8 for members.

Below find a brief description of the film.

Born Yesterday (1950)
Whether we’re talking Easter Parade, My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman or others, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion theme has been interpreted many times but never so brilliantly as in this dynamite romantic comedy. Starring ‘Golden Boy’, William Holden and the dazzling Judy Holliday, this movie of double-dealing, chicanery and shady political machinations is as searingly relevant today as it was then. First released on 25th December 1950, Born Yesterday proved to be the best Christmas present any lover of great movies could wish for. A comedic tour-de-force by Judy Holliday (who was to tragically die from cancer just 2 weeks short of her 44th birthday) landed her the best actress Oscar.


We’re a Warm Place

Already there are people we know struggling with costs so we want to make sure our community knows the Saw Mill is a welcoming place that we’ll try to keep warm; to welcome people who just want to come and avoid their own fuel bills for a few hours.
We might shuffle you around the place to continue to serve customers, but be assured if you know of someone that needs a warm place with a cuppa or 2 then send them our way. We can cuddle together if all else fails to keep us warm!! Remember free WiFi so you can work or keep up with your favourite soap too, but bring your headphones!

Let’s Talk About Climate Change

As you all probably know by now Congleton Climate Festival & Green Fayre is happening this month and there’s plenty of events lined up!
We’re trying to get as involved as possible like everyone in town and this means we’re the venue for some events and we’d love to see you. Below are four talks from Mark Thompson that will take place here at the Old Saw Mill between September 21st and 22nd where he will share his extensive knowledge around decarbonisation, Heating your home, Electric vehicles and misinformation on climate change.

21st September at the Old Saw Mill in Congleton
Decarbonisation – How the UK is REALLY doing!
Join Mark from 6 pm – 7 pm for a fascinating insight! Understand the true scale of the problem, the progress being made and how to stay positive despite the enormity of the challenge ahead!
Misinformation on Climate Change
Join Mark from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm for a discussion on misinformation where it comes from (not necessarily always what you might expect as the sources), how to spot it, and easy things anyone can do to reduce its impact. Mark researched this really thoroughly in the last 6 months – it’s chilling what is actually going on!

22nd September at the Old Saw Mill in Congleton

Heating your home – How to reduce costs
Join Mark from 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm for a discussion on how to improve thermal comfort while also reducing cost and carbon. We will also take a look into the future of heat pumps. This is far more than just being a dull talk about insulation, as it includes lots of less well-known insights and tricks. Hugely useful given energy cost hikes again in the autumn. Includes a Q&A.

Electric Vehicles – Facts, Myths & Real-World Experiences
Join Mark from 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm for a discussion on the move to electric vehicles, it’s happening. We will get under the skin of the perceived issues and impacts of the move to electric vehicles. Includes environmental impact, power grid capacity and EV charging infrastructure.

Further details are available at the link below, just scroll down the page to find what you need.

Some of the events need booking, the links aren’t on the website yet but you will be able to book using the link above closer to the time but if you’d like to register your interest in the meantime, please Email Cathy on cathy.dean@congleton-tc.gov.uk

Cost of Living Crisis

Pre Covid, we paid 13p per kWh for electricity here, we’ve heard that’s going to be 65.143p from 9th September. You’ll remember we’ve no gas here so it’s all electricity except oil heating upstairs.

We’re hearing mutterings from government that they’re trying to put together a scheme to lessen impact of the energy crisis on small businesses, goodness knows we really need it!

Fire’s in Congleton – A Walk

Nowhere escapes the ravages of fire, Congleton is no different. It’s impossible to tell the story of The Old Saw Mill without talking about fires that have influenced its evolution: the first in 1984, then 1998 and finally in 2019. Peter will relate the story against the background of other fires that have had a dramatic effect on the town. These will take place on two dates Thursday 15th and 22nd of September. Starting at 2pm outside the TIC and finishing around 4pm with tea, coffee and cakes at The Old Saw Mill, price £5.

We were in the Chronicle

We’ve had several people stop to say how they appreciated the article in the Chronicle of 11th August about the Old Saw Mill. We’re working to do more articles about our unfolding challenges and our response to them, courtesy of the Chronicle. The article is available on the full post via our website although the quality isn’t great so if you fancy an easier read, we have a copy in the café available to read over tea and cake.

September Lunch Club Menu

September Lunch Club Menu


Friday 2nd September

Minced beef and onion pie

New potatoes, Carrots and swede

(Gluten, egg,milk)

Cheese and onion pie (v) with New potatoes, Carrots and swede

(Gluten, milk, egg)

Coffee and walnut traybake (gluten, eggs, nuts)

Friday 9th September

Lasagne with garlic bread and salad

Pasta bolognaise (Dairy free)

Pasta free lasagne made with courgettes

peach , raspberry and almond cake

( eggs,nuts, gluten)

Friday 16th September

Roast chicken with stuffing(gluten)

New potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli and gravy

Vegan sausages with onion gravy

New potatoes and Carrots,

(soya, gluten)

Fruit salad (no allergens)

Friday 23rd September

Beef bourguignon (sulphites) with Mashed potato

Carrots and green beans

Mushroom bourguignon

Gingerbread and custard

( gluten, eggs, milk)

Friday 30th September

Mediterranean chicken with New potatoes, Carrots and cabbage

 (no allergens)

Vegetable tagine with New potatoes, Carrots and cabbage

(no allergens)

Fruit Cheesecake (milk, gluten)

Fruit salad (no allergens)

p.s view this post on our website for an easier read 🙂