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!
The purpose of the Old Saw Mill is to work for the benefit of the community of Congleton as a volunteer led organisation which challenges social isolation, supports and enhances community cohesion and works to create a better, fairer and environmentally sustainable town.
Our Vision and Core Purpose is to:
- provide good food and good company in our friendly and reasonably priced cafe;
- provide reasonably priced meals for people who are isolated in their own homes;
- provide opportunities for volunteers and paid staff to develop their skills;
- acknowledge, include and involve all who want to contribute or participate;
- run on sustainable volunteer power, including those who have disabilities or learning difficulties;
- enhance the lives of people who are socially isolated, lonely and in need of additional support both within the OSM and through outreach work;
- make available meeting space for local groups and community organisations;
- hold various classes so that people can come together and enjoy a hobby and meet with those who have similar interests, which leads to friends being made and lively discussions;
- hold regular groups for people ( eg with Dementia/Alzheimer’s) and their carers, 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;
- collect apples to make high quality apple juice, cider and vinegar for sale locally and invest the profits in community development; and
- have sustainability and respect for the environment at the heart of everything we do.
Our OBJECTIVE is to achieve our VISION and CORE PURPOSE by:
- consulting with local people and organisations on their needs, aspirations and expectations;
- encouraging, welcoming and considering all suggestions and initiatives that are brought to us;
- prioritising provision with careful planning and deployment of resources:
- working in partnership with local businesses, statutory and voluntary organisations;
- efficient financial management;
- being accountable to the local community through the issue of shares;
- ensuring the building, within its limitations, is accessible and suitable for use by everyone; and
- being fully inclusive and not discriminating against any person or group who supports our vision and core purpose.