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.  

Brain Gym Group

Starting Tuesday 12th April 3:30-4:30pm we are holding a ‘BRAIN GYM GROUP’. We hope to hold it on the 2nd Tuesday of each month: (10th May, 14th June, 12th July).
We’ll be setting you things to solve and share of various levels of difficulty and you can also bring your own. (Number, Shape, Words, Logic etc).
Here’s one to get you going…
If you throw one dart at a standard dart board what is the lowest score you CANNOT get?
What is the lowest score you CANNOT get with three darts all scoring?
Answers on 12th April 3:30-4:30 @ the Old Saw Mill
For further details call Peter R on 07717003847

Another Repair Café Success!

With the help of all the volunteers we’ve successfully held three amazing Repair Café events here at the Old Saw Mill.
The last event saw 25+ things fixed, including a wide variety of items from… Clothes, Lamps, Dolls Houses and Refitting Bicycle seats! It really is amazing what the volunteer repairers can do.
So, do you have something that could do with a fix? Or do you just want some advice on how best to use certain appliances? Come on down to the next repair café event…
The next event is Saturday 30th April @ the Old Saw Mill 10am-2pm
Hope to see you there – Let’s get repairing not replacing!!

Developing new groups…

I hope by now you’ve all heard about the peer led group ‘BRO’s’ – organised by Mike Henshall here at the Old Saw Mill. BRO’s had a very successful launch month with old friends reuniting and new friends coming together.


Mike’s colleague Collette has decided to start a similar women’s group in May, with further details to follow. This group will run on opposite Mondays to the Bro’s group. So, this means bros will run fortnightly alongside the new group, when it starts. But don’t worry, Mike already has some plans on how to spend the week away from the OSM!

We will update you with more info in the next newsletter when we know more! 

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.
Congleton Repair Café | Facebook

Proggy Mat Workshop

Some of you were slightly confused over what a proggy mat was after the last newsletter so Helen has kindly confirmed the date for her session and provided us with some information on the history of proggy mats and what the session will look like.

Would you like to have a go at an old traditional craft in a relaxing friendly


Then come to the ‘Proggy mat’ session at The Old Saw Mill

On Saturday 23rd April 2022 10am until 2pm

Cost £20

This will cover all materials and refreshments including a light lunch.

Booking in advance with Lili-ann at The Old Saw Mill


These mats have different names in different regions including proggy (North East),

tab or peg (Yorkshire), clootie basses (Scotland) and rag, proddy, dippie, peggy and

hooky in a variety of regions.

These rugs were originally from the early 20th century. They were made out of old

sacks and recycled scraps of cloth (old clothes). As part of the ‘Make do and mend’

spirit they were very much part of the community and would involve all family

members in the making of them! These rugs were an economical way of keeping feet warm before the era of fitted carpets. How nice to step out of bed onto a warm rug instead of cold lino! It was quite a tradition to have a new mat for Christmas usually a door mat.

The session – what will it involve?

You will be provided with all of the materials and tools to have a go at making a small

proggy mat. We will go through step by step how to approach it. It takes more than a

few hours to start and complete one but you will be able to take home all of the

materials to complete the project. We will be using hessian and felt material but you

can always do another one at home with an old sack and some old clothes. There will be an instruction sheet so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything. There is a suggested method in which to finish them when all the proggying is done! It is a very enjoyable and easy craft to get to grips with and once you get started you can go at your own pace.

There are a number of groups throughout the country attempting to keep this craft

alive. The craft does not have to be restricted to rugs. You can make wall hangings,

framed pictures, cushion covers, bags etc. We could have an Old Saw Mill Proggy Mat group if there was enough interest.

The maximum number of people for this session is 10 but if it proves popular there

will be another session offered at another date.

Hope to see you there! Helen

Bro’s – We have a new start date

It’s official we have a new start date for the BRO’s group…. Monday 7th March!!

The Bros group will be facilitated by Mike Henshall, mental health link worker for healthbox cic.

Mike is originally from Congleton and is passionate about helping others on their journey through mental health challenges. He has worked in various roles from factories to the forces and has been helping people to make positive changes in people’s lives for over 30 years both as a volunteer and in paid roles. 

Mike has lived experience of mental health in particular depression and Ptsd, due to many years of putting everyone else’s wellbeing before his own and his recovery was a mix of self-help through his knowledge as a trained life coach and through accepting help from professionals. Mike now puts his experience and skills to good use by helping people in crisis across Cheshire and he describes this role as “being a salesman of Hope”. 

Why not pop in to the Bros group on Mondays from 1 till 3pm to meet Mike and the other Gents at the group where you can chat about life’s challenges and maybe get some inspiration from the group to make some positive changes yourself. The group isn’t a counselling type session but is a safe place where men can talk and face life’s issues shoulder to shoulder. 

Please find attached below the link to the previous post regarding BRO’s

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea’s – Sunday March 27th

We are opening on mothering Sunday for special Mother’s Day afternoon teas. Come for afternoon tea at the Old Saw Mill on Sunday 27th March only £12.50 per person.

The perfect treat this Mother’s Day will include…


Egg Mayo & Cress

Mature Cheddar & Red Onion

Old Saw Mill Ham & Tomato

Pastries & Scones

Scones Served with a Choice Of Jams & Cream

Mini Quiche or Sausage Roll


Mini Cheesecake

Chocolate Brownie

Lemon Drizzle


Tea and coffee will be included

Add a glass of prosecco £4