We’re a Warm Place

Already there are people we know struggling with costs so we want to make sure our community knows the Saw Mill is a welcoming place that we’ll try to keep warm; to welcome people who just want to come and avoid their own fuel bills for a few hours.
We might shuffle you around the place to continue to serve customers, but be assured if you know of someone that needs a warm place with a cuppa or 2 then send them our way. We can cuddle together if all else fails to keep us warm!! Remember free WiFi so you can work or keep up with your favourite soap too, but bring your headphones!

Cost of Living Crisis

Pre Covid, we paid 13p per kWh for electricity here, we’ve heard that’s going to be 65.143p from 9th September. You’ll remember we’ve no gas here so it’s all electricity except oil heating upstairs.

We’re hearing mutterings from government that they’re trying to put together a scheme to lessen impact of the energy crisis on small businesses, goodness knows we really need it!

We were in the Chronicle

We’ve had several people stop to say how they appreciated the article in the Chronicle of 11th August about the Old Saw Mill. We’re working to do more articles about our unfolding challenges and our response to them, courtesy of the Chronicle. The article is available on the full post via our website although the quality isn’t great so if you fancy an easier read, we have a copy in the café available to read over tea and cake.

Have you seen our garden recently?

Our volunteers have been in full swing getting the garden ready for lots more of these sunny days! There’s been lots of planting, painting and chancing the unpredictable weather these past few weeks. We are extremely proud of the space they’ve created inside the OSM but we’d like to know what you think…
Have you visited our garden? Please give us feedback on your experience, we’d really love to know!

New Electric Cargo Bike

You’ll have seen lots of local press about an electric rickshaw bike taking people for trips. Now, the Old Saw Mill, using a Covid Recovery grant from Cheshire East has been able to acquire an electric cargo bike to add to our various sustainable travel methods we already employ to deliver the Old Saw Mill Lunch Club meals each Friday. In time it’ll acquire suitable logos to advertise its presence and we hope to be able to deliver for other businesses around the town, when we’re not delivering meals. Keep your eyes open for this great addition to our fleet!

Pictures of the Old Saw Mill

We recently had some amazing pictures taken of the outside of the Old Saw Mill, including some very interesting aerial shots of the roof and the surrounding areas on back river street. Follow the link below to see the brilliant shots.

Jenna the founder of JLS photography, a Cheshire based wedding and family photographer took the amazing shots using her fab equipment and she did an absolutely fantastic job! If you’d be interested in any of her services you can find her work or contact her via:

Email – jlsphotographyuk@gmail.com

Instagram – @jls_weddingphotography and @jls_familyphotography

Facebook – JLS Photography @JLSPhotographyuk

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
Toothpaste
Shower Gel
Nappies
Wipes
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.

So…

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.

Footfall

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…