Apples: A huge thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who has donated apples to us here at the Old Saw Mill over the last 12 weeks!
With your donations we have been able make around 2700 bottles of apple juice and will have over 500 litres of cider. Hopefully all will be sold before the new season starts in September 2022.
The proceeds will continue to be used to support the good work of the Old Saw Mill and provide socially isolated individuals with meals delivered to their homes.
Regarding further donation of apples, please do not bring us anymore as we have now finished for 2021! We will start juicing again around August 2022!
Thanks again!

Apples! Apples! Apples!

Our plea for apples has been extremely successful so far and we would like to thank everyone who has participated in donating and collecting the apples.

However, our plea is not yet over, and we are still requesting any apples of your own, or from others you may know with excess apples in their gardens, and we would be very happy to come and collect these apples from you.

Still more apples required!!

We are now in the thick of apple juice production, but we are not getting enough apples this week. We would be very grateful if you have apples of your own, or know other people with excess apples in their gardens we would be very happy to come and collect these apples from you. 

Over the next two weeks we have a group of Princes Trust volunteers here with us decorating our upstairs accommodation. They are quite happy to also help us by collecting apples from gardens and so if you would like to take advantage of this please contact us through !

Don’t let your apples go to waste

Don’t let your apples go to waste

Did you know that about 70% of apples grown in this country go to waste? Mostly they are left to rot on the ground or end up as compost. This is an awful waste so why not help Congleton buck the trend and make sure your spare apples are put to good use. Volunteers at the Old Saw Mill in Back River Street can use your apples and turn them into delicious apple juice or cider.

It’s sustainable and all the money raised from sales goes to support people in the town who are socially isolated. Currently meals are taken to around 70 local residents every Friday and the money raised also goes towards providing opportunities for people to get work experience in the café.

Peter Ranson a director of the Old Saw Mill said, “We have been making apple juice and cider for nearly ten years and selling it in the town. Last year wasn’t so good due to Covid restrictions but we want to make 2021 the best year ever. Please bring your spare apples to the Old Saw Mill. If we are not open there will be crates outside where you can leave them. If you can’t bring them yourself, bag them up and let us know and we can come and collect. We might even be able to pick them ourselves, but we don’t always have the time when we are busy juicing.

Please don’t bring us rotten apples because we can’t use them.

For everyone who donates a decent load of apples we will give you a free bottle of juice.”

You can contact the Old Saw Mill on 01260 277658  or email us on

Many thanks


Apple Juicing at Green Fayre week

As you may all know we are currently busy juicing apples for juice and cider. We will continue this until at least the end of October. Therefore during the week of the Climate Festival and Green Fayre, we are inviting people to attend our juicing and bottling sessions. Please see details below.

Event location: The Old Saw Mill, Back River Street, Congleton 

Date and time of event(s):

Monday 25th October – Washing and mincing apples then juicing

Tuesday 26th October– Bottling the apple juice, pasteurising, shrink topping and labelling 

Apples are brought from gardens in and around Congleton and processed in the Old Saw Mill to make juice and cider which sold in variety of local outlets, including the Makers Market and Rode Hall Farmers Market. All proceeds contribute to meeting the aims of the Old Saw Mill. 

Maximum number of participants: 5

We have run out of Apple Juice!

We have run out of Apple Juice! 

Due to making less apple juice last year we have now sold our last bottle, but don’t despair from mid August we shall start again.

As many of you know our apples come from the gardens of people in Congleton and beyond and so in August if you are starting to pick apples and you have too many, please bring them to the Old Saw Mill.


Dewi and Peter

Old Saw Mill deliveries

Now that Cheshire East is in the High tier and it is likely that people will be inclined to stay at home more and not visit our cafe, we are planning to ramp up our home delivery service again. We are already providing meals on a Friday to people who have requested this through Congleton Town Council. There are many places available on this scheme, contact the Council for details.

We are going to re-start our cake delivery service and also do pies and apple juice/cider in bottles.

We want to gauge how much interest there will be for this service as restrictions are placed upon us regarding meeting other people in cafes.

Please contact us on to show your interest.