The home of Congleton apple juice – The Old Saw Mill, based on Back River Street is a not for profit organisation and was created with the express aim of providing a unique space in the fabric of Congleton’s community…
A project driven by The Congleton Partnership and Congleton Sustainability Group, The Old Saw Mill cafe opened its doors in October 2016, at first offering tea and homemade cake then expanding its menu to include breakfast and lunch and in 2018, was a place chosen by HRH Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall to visit where the Royal couple had the opportunity to meet and learn about the great things The Old Saw Mill has to share and of course taste the apple produce made on the premises.
Two year’s on from opening its doors, The Old Saw Mill became a Connected Communities Centre where its space is given to well needed organisations across Cheshire East who support the community with counselling, well-being, and healthy living but to name a few.
It is a place where everyone is welcome and can come along for a natter, have a cup of tea and a slice of freshly baked cake, enjoy breakfast or lunch at affordable prices and where everyone can discover a new hobby, make new friends, purchase our produce, learn about sustainable living – the list is endless!
A community hub to unite everyone and alleviate social isolation.
Our Vision is to:
- provide good food and good company in our friendly and reasonably priced cafe;
- provide opportunities for volunteers and paid staff to develop their skills;
- run on sustainable volunteer power and recruit volunteers;
- enhance the lives of people who are socially isolated, lonely and in need of additional support;
- make available meeting space for local groups and community organisations;
- hold various classes so that people can come together and enjoy a hobby, meeting with those who have the same interests, which leads to friends being made and lively discussions;
- hold regular groups for people, so they can meet other people with the same challenges as themselves, and feel less isolated, whilst those coping with these illnesses can get stimulation by crafting, or singing, and simply having fun; and
- collect apples to make high quality apple juice, cider and vinegar for sale locally and invest the profits in building a community hub that will last forever and support community projects.