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!
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.
August is a busy month for us here at the OSM with certain people on holiday, mentioning no names, and with us appearing at the Medieval Fair in the Park on the same day we’ve taken the monumental decision to close the café for a day.
Therefore on Saturday 13th August the café will be closed however, we’d love for you to come and find us in the park and enjoy the goings on, no bacon sandwiches though!
We’ve tried a few times to form a board games group, but this time we’re really going for it so come and join us, we’re going for Thursday afternoons from 2pm.
We’ll campaign for people to donate more board games too, but we have the most wonderful chess set already that’s begging to be played! And plenty of playing cards….
Here’s a reminder of what groups are meeting at the Old Saw Mill regularly
Knit and Natter
An informal group of knitting and nattering that meets at the Old Saw Mill every week on Tuesday from 2-3pm. (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
A peer led men’s mental health and wellbeing group, who meet in the Old Saw Mill for a chat on Mondays 1-3pm. (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
Women’s Health and Wellbeing Support Group
This group meets bi-weekly at the Old Saw Mill on Monday’s from 1-2:30pm – with the next session running on 15th August 2022. Sessions are relaxed and filled with positivity – come and meet like-minded women to connect, listen, share and support.
To book follow this website – https://shophealthboxcic.com/products/womens-wellbeing-support-group
Cheshire East Community Yoga and Mindfulness Classes
This class is split into the two sessions running one after the other on the last Monday of each month.
With the Free Community Mindfulness & complimentary lite brunch running from 11:30 until Noon.
Then the Free Community Yoga runs from 12 Noon until 1pm.
Any enquiries and to book please contact – www.ashtangacheshire.co.uk 07412773001
Congleton’s very own repair café runs out of the Old Saw Mill – with Members of the community banding together to repair Congleton’s broken items, while sharing their knowledge with the hope of teaching the community key transferable skills to limit the amount of ‘waste’ that goes to the landfill.
This event runs on the last Saturday of every month here at the Old Saw Mill from 10am till 2pm – No need to book just turn up on the day
Ukrainian Drop In’s
Further to this we are hosting drop-in sessions to provide a safe, welcoming space for Ukrainians and their host families in town to meet chat and share. These are running every Wednesday and Saturday from 2-3pm in the Café at the Old Saw Mill. (NO BOOKING REQUIRED)
Antenatal and Postnatal teach in classes – Baby Stepps
Nic and Emily of Baby Stepps! Are excited to introduce you to their Antenatal and Postnatal education classes! The groups held in The Old Saw Mill, Congleton, are relaxed, interactive and fun! Encouraging questions, laughter and friendship!
Some events are planned in August but not set in stone, so keep an eye on their Facebook page below to keep up to date with future events
The organisation MyCWA, a Cheshire based charity supporting families affected by domestic abuse, uses the Old Saw Mill for various drop-in sessions and peer support groups for individuals in Congleton and surrounding areas .
Congleton Peer Support Lounge is a monthly support session for female survivors of domestic abuse, with each week’s topic focussed around the five ways to wellbeing – connect, take notice, keep learning, be active and give.
To find out more or to book your place please call – 01270 250390
Dove Buddies, organised by the Dove Service is a friendship group for adults experiencing loss and/or isolation. Offering the chance to meet new people, with the option of purchasing some refreshments from The Old Saw Mill’s Delicious Menu.
This group will run every first Tuesday of the month from 12:30pm until 2:00pm here at the Old Saw Mill.
Any enquiries or for further information please contact 01782 683155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheshire Kids Clothes Swap Shop
We are also being host to some Cheshire Kid’s Clothes Swap Shop events upstairs here at the OSM, their aim is to recycle as many kid’s clothes as possible in Cheshire East! Amazing right… The first event was a huge success so Nicola is looking into finalising future dates for the coming year. Keep an eye on their Facebook page here for future dates.
We will be closed for the upcoming bank holidays:
Monday 2nd May – CLOSED
Thursday 2nd June – CLOSED
Friday 3rd June – CLOSED
Saturday 4th June – CLOSED
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
You know all too well that we make our own apple juice, cider and cider vinegar but something that we are trying hard to produce this year is a variety of jams and chutneys alongside this.
We currently have a mixed selection of jams, chutneys and marmalade.
Our jars are:
£2.80 for a single jar
£5 for 2
£7.50 for 3
We also have local honey on sale, which we have sourced from Mike Pearson, priced at £5.
Come in and have a look at the delicious selection of homemade produce we have to offer.
As you are probably all aware by now Christmas Lunch will come in three forms at the Saw Mill commencing December 1st.
• Christmas Lunch will be served in the Café every day from Wednesday December 1st for £12. Please book with us wherever possible.
• Our Volunteers will deliver our meals on wheels service to individuals in their homes on Christmas Eve.
• Christmas Lunch with be held here at the Saw Mill on Christmas day for friends of the Saw Mill that would rather not spend Christmas on their own.
Christmas Lunch with us, in all its forms, will be two courses consisting of a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings and a pud (Christmas Pudding). The vegetarian option available will be a festive vegetable bake.
We look forward to seeing you over the festive period!!
After serving Christmas Lunch on Christmas Day to our guests, the café will be close at Lunch time on Christmas eve until Tuesday 4th January 2022, so we can take a well-earned rest!
Despite this closing period our opening hours remain the same for the remainder of 2021: