Ukrainians coming to Congleton updates: donations and joining us in knitting for Ukraine

Last month we mentioned Ukrainian’s coming to Congleton, and that the Old Saw Mill would be involved in welcoming them to the town …

Now we are asking for help with donations to help support the Ukrainian’s, as and when they come and join us in the town. Below you’ll find a list of items collection points in Congleton are desperate to collect in anticipation for their arrival.

Sanitary Products
Shower Gel
Clothes in very good condition
Only clothes for women and children are needed at this time
NEW colouring books and crayons/pencils
Nail polish for children
Makeup for children
School uniform for any school – (IN ANTICIPATION THAT IT MAY BE NEEDED)
Our Knit and Natter group are about to begin knitting items of clothing to donate and sell in aid of helping and welcoming Ukrainians in the town. We have been donated lots of wool here at the OSM so we are trying to put it to good use.


If you’re a knitter and want to either…

Join the group knitting for Ukraine in the café 2-3pm Tuesday’s
Collect some wool and knit some items to bring back and donate or sell
Collection of the Wool can be done Tuesday 3rd May 2-3pm
If you have any other queries, please pop down to the Old Saw Mill 2-3 to chat to the knit and natter group.

Energy Costs

We’re all thinking about energy costs…

Pre-Covid the Saw Mill was spending £370 a month on electricity. You’ll all know that there is no gas supply to the Old Saw Mill. Last month including VAT we spent £1117 on electricity – roughly £40 a day! Clearly, we need to do something clever to reduce our energy bill – all wild and wonderful ideas welcome and will be greatly appreciated.


Well, we had to cancel St Patricks Night! What’s happening goodness only knows, the café is quiet too :(.

All suggestions as to solutions will be very welcome…

Free Homemade Children’s Easter Treat at Half Term

We know that school holidays can get, well… you know the rest.

How about bringing them down to the Old Saw Mill?

Throughout half term we are offering a free homemade children’s sweet treat when you eat in the café with a child.

This offer will be valid 4th – 8th April and 11th– 18th April all you have to do is order food in the café and the little one’s sweet treat is on us.

The obligatory T’s & C’s…

We will try our best to cater for all special dietary requirements

Maximum 4 Children per Adult

Offer limited to one sweet treat per child per day

St George’s Night

Following on from our previous Friday night events we are delighted to announce that…

St George’s night will be Friday April 22nd .

The evening will follow the usual format of arriving at 6:30pm for 7pm, followed by  main and a pud and then the usual sing-alongs, quizzes and frivolities. 

Theme to be confirmed as we’re still pondering…
We want the evening to be representative of what is going on around the world not just in England, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  

April’s Meals on Wheels

This is of course our great success story. The service started during lockdown and has continued since. We’re conscious that there must be more people interested in receiving meals – all we have to do is find them. To that end, we had the opportunity to apply for a Covid Recovery grant which I’m delighted to say we were successful in receiving. It means that we can supply free meals to up to 40 people a week for the next 12 months which has to be the best news! Maybe some of the meals will go to Ukrainian families.

Below is this month’s menu for Meals on Wheels

April Lunch club menu
Friday 1st April
Pork stroganoff
Mushroom stroganoff(v)
New potatoes
mixed vegetables
Fruit crumble and custard
Friday 8th April
Minced beef and onion pie
Cheese and onion pie (v)
Mashed potatoes
Garden peas.
Carrot cake
Friday 15th April
Roast Turkey breast and lemon and thyme stuffing.
Stuffed aubergine, topped with breadcrumbs and cheese.
Roast potatoes
Carrot and swede mash
Cauliflower cheese, Gravy
Easter cupcakes
Friday 22nd April
Lasagne, garlic bread and salad
Vegetable lasagne with garlic bread and salad
Sticky toffee pudding and custard
Friday 29th April
Braised steak with onions with yorkshire pudding and gravy
Veggie sausages with onion gravy.
mashed potatoes
Carrots and white cabbage
Creamy rice pudding with homemade jam

Welcoming Friends From Ukraine

There are talks likely to involve the Old Saw Mill in hosting groups of Ukrainian folk. Congleton is introducing a movement to house displaced Ukrainians.
This is very likely to happen sooner rather than later as things are moving quickly in the town, we’re not quite sure what this will mean to the Old Saw Mill. But we do know, we are offering space, food and safe company.
Our Chef Marina also has friends around town who speak Ukrainian and we aim to build communication channels through this.

Another Successful Repair Café

Another successful repair café was hosted at the Old Saw Mill on Saturday 26th February, with many broken and soon to be thrown away items fixed and back at home, rather than in a landfill among many other broken but repairable things.
We’ve all got something that we don’t want to throw away and tell ourselves well one day someone might be able to fix it, bring it down to the repair café and the volunteer repairers will try and do just that.
The next event will be Saturday March 26th.
In the mean time head on over to the Facebook page to keep in the loop with what’s going on and send over a message if you’re unsure on what you can bring to the next event.
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