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North West in Bloom awards

We are thrilled to announce that The Old Saw mill has been awarded ‘Level 5 Outstanding’ in the It’s Your Neighbourhood category of RHS North West in Bloom. This is the highest award achievable.

Many happy hours were spent by our volunteer gardeners, Diana and Helen, to bring the garden back into order following Lockdown and to prepare it for Judging day. Many other volunteers gave their time when called on for specific jobs, plants were donated and extra watering duties were taken on to keep it all alive during the heatwave.

The judging also took into consideration all other aspects of the Saw Mill community, its people and its projects Thank you to all who contribute to this special place and helped us to achieve such a high standard.

The garden is a very peaceful space. Thank you for all the beautiful words written in our Garden Comments book from appreciative customers, volunteers and staff.

If you haven’t stepped into this space recently, please make sure to take a peek on your next visit. Once the warm weather returns in the Spring it will be open for customers to sit and relax and enjoy our secret corner of nature.

As the title of the category says It’s YOUR neighbourhood, we look forward to sharing it with you.

Upcoming events

Classic Movie Night’s at the Mill – Kind Hearts and Coronets 25th November

Regarded as one of Ealing Studio’s finest movies, released in 1949, Kind Hearts and Coronets will be November’s film of choice for John’s Classic Movie Night at the Mill. The first British film to be shown in this series of movies @ the mill.  Find a brief outline of the film below.

 The next classic movie night at the Mill will take place on Friday 25th November and booking is essential! Please ring the Old Saw Mill on 01260 277658 if you’d like to come. Doors will open at 5.30 pm. The excellent pie supper (veggie option available) – now with mashed potatoes! – is served at 6.00 pm followed by my 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.

Kind Hearts and Coronets is chiefly remembered for Alec Guinness’ playing of all 8 members of the D’Ascoyne family, including Lady Agatha! It’s a superlative series of character portrayals, for sure, but equally outstanding is Dennis Price as the embittered and smoothly calculating Louis Mazzini. Were that not enough, we have Valerie Hobson as the imperious, virtuous (but ultimately rather dull) Edith, and Joan Greenwood as the coquettish Sibella, delivering her lines in a honeyed purr that you feel could be spread on warm toast and eaten with your fingers!

Seen it before? So what? There’s no limit to the number of times that this film can be seen and savoured. And has a serial murderer’s story ever been so sympathetically told? An example of Black Comedy at its best, certainly, but Kind Hearts and Coronets doesn’t need defining by genre. It’s simply one of the finest British films ever made.

Sourdough Christmas Decorations Workshop

On Wednesday 23rd November 2022 The Old Saw Mill will be hosting a yuletide workshop led by craft demonstrator Joanne Chesterton. Have fun moulding and painting your own festive decorations out of sourdough.

 Enjoy a delicious Old Saw Mill buffet lunch included in the price.  All you need to bring is a mixing bowl, a flat baking tray and your imagination. All other materials will be provided. The workshop runs from 11.00 am until 4 pm and costs £15 per person (£12 loyalty card holders) 

Book early as spaces are limited. Suitable for ages 12 to 100. 

Watch this space for a what’s on in November and December guide because there are lots of things in the works…

Santa’s coming to the Saw Mill

We will be turning part of the Old Saw Mill café into Santa’s grotto on December 23rd from 2pm-5pm. We hope to create the magic of Christmas, with the help of Congleton Lions, by bringing Santa to the Saw Mill.
We are offering a simple sit down, take a selfie with Santa, have a warm drink under the twinkling fairy lights with a sweet treat and take home a present from Santa.
Entrance will cost £5 per child** this will include a drink of choice with a sweet treat, a photo with Santa and a small gift to take home. A drink for the adults accompanying will be free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
*For families and groups that include more than 2 children, the price will be reduced to £3 per child after paying the full £5 for two children.
*There will also be an option to just sit and take a photograph with Santa for which we will only ask for donations, if you want to come but are worried about money during the Christmas period, please please contact us and we will see what we can do!
Christmas should be for everyone 😊

Christmas Lunch at the Old Saw Mill

We will be doing Christmas Lunch in three forms again this year at the Old Saw Mill.

Number 1 – Christmas Lunch in the café throughout December.

We will have Christmas Lunch available to book in the café from November 28th until December 23rd.

This will be in the café between our normal opening times.

Number 2 – Old Saw Mill Lunch club deliveries

Our usual Friday lunch delivery volunteers will be delivering Christmas Lunch to our regular Old Saw Mill lunch club customers, who receive our weekly meal deliveries, on Friday 23rd December. We already have over 90 meals which will be going out into the community, but if you or anyone you know could benefit from a meal delivery this Christmas please get in touch, using the details above, we’d love to help!!

Christmas Lunch with us, in the café, will consist of…

Full Turkey Lunch with all the trimmings
Christmas pudding
A glass of fizz, wine or apple juice
Complimentary Xmas cracker
The price will be £15 per person for bookings in the café during the month of December, we expect to receive some sponsorship for the lunch on Christmas day, which should reduce the price (on Christmas day only).

Number 3 – Old Saw Mill Christmas Lunch on Christmas day

The Old Saw Mill will be open for Christmas Lunch on Christmas day for friends of the Old Saw Mill who’d rather not spend Christmas on their own. We know that Christmas day can be a miserable one to be on your own so if you or anyone you know could use some company and a warm plate of food on Christmas day then please get in touch we have plenty of spaces available.

We are asking all parties and individuals to pre book with us via any of the following platforms: telephone – 01260 277658 | email – info@theoldsawmill.org | Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OldSawMill/ .

Just to make sure we have enough turkey to feed you all and enough volunteers to make your meal that extra bit more special.

Christmas and New Year Closures 2022-23

As a side note, we will close at 2pm from Friday 23rd December to Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (inclusive), for a very well deserved break. Of course, we will be open for Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day!

Cargo Bike

The Old Saw Mill cargo bike is now an established part of the Friday meal delivery service, and has also been used to collect and deliver apples during this autumn. Currently David keeps the bike at home, looks after it, charges the twin batteries and carries out all the deliveries. However, there are occasions when David is not available to do the runs, so we are looking for a second cyclist who can step in and use the bike when David isn’t around. Full tuition will be provided, but anyone who is confident on a normal bicycle can handle it. So, if you are interested, or know someone else who might be, please get in touch.

Blankets Please

As it gets colder, we’ll try very hard to keep our heating at a reasonable temperature but we are thinking of introducing blanket pegs in the café at the OSM. So, we are asking for donations of any spare blankets you have suitable for people to use as they sit in the cafe.

This would be very useful and help us keep the Old Saw Mill a warm place over the ever-growing cold days.

All of our thanks in advance,
The Old Saw Mill

Congleton Needs a New Recycling Centre

We all know that Congleton needs a new household waste recycling centre, Cllr Robert Douglas is leading a much-needed campaign to get Congleton a new site, with Congleton Climate action proud to support this campaign.

If you’d like to support the campaign, please follow the link below. We also have a QR code available to scan at the Old Saw Mill and would be happy to support anyone who wants to sign but is struggling to access the site.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/congleton-needs-a-new-household-waste-recycling-centre?source=direct_link&

Drop in’s happening at the Old Saw Mill

Healthwatch across Cheshire

Cheshire East Council is offering free walk-in wellbeing checks without an appointment at many locations across Cheshire East and the Old Saw Mill is one of them.

The Health & Wellbeing bus will be visiting the Old Saw Mill on Monday 28th November 2022 between 1 and 3pm to give free health checks, advice and information.

This health and wellbeing service is in addition to the NHS Health Check, which is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40 to 74. Designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type two diabetes or dementia.

To find out more or to look at other locations please follow the link below…

https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/health-matters/health-and-wellbeing-service/health-and-wellbeing-service.aspx

Credit Union Drop in sessions

Congleton Community Credit Union are now running weekly drop in sessions at the Old Saw Mill, completely free and we’d love to see you pop by 

The sessions are running every Friday 10-11am

Old Saw Mill Lunch Club – November Menu

Old Saw Mill Lunch Club – November Menu

Friday 4th November
Chicken Chasseur and new potatoes with mixed veg
Vegetable and Bean Casserole (v) (Celery, Lactose)
Apple Cake (Gluten, Lactose, Eggs)

Friday 11th November
Roast loin of Pork with stuffing and apple sauce with roast potatoes,
Cauliflower, carrots and gravy. (Gluten, Lactose)

Vegetable enchiladas (Gluten, Lactose)
Ginger Sponge and custard (Gluten, Lactose)

Friday 18th November
Cheese and Onion Pie with ratatouille (Gluten, Lactose, Mustard)
Flapjack (None)

Friday 25th November
Chicken Tagine and Rice with mixed vegetables
Vegetable and Chickpea tagine with rice and mixed vegetables (v)
Mandarin orange cheesecake (Gluten, Lactose)