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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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

Friday Nights at the Mill – the successes and what’s next…

St David’s Night

What a success, this event had a slightly smaller crowd but there was no loss in atmosphere. Friday February 25th marked the night of our next, and again very successful Friday Night at the Mill. All who gathered for the night, enjoyed the evening of laughter, singing and super tasty food. Thank you to everyone who made this night like so many others… special!!


St Patrick’s Night

Our next night at the mill will fall on a Saturday rather than the usual Friday format, due to an unchangeable clash in the diary. Our sincerest apologies to those who we have confused with dates.

Given the success of St David’s night last month, this month we will be celebrating St Patrick’s night. Clear the calendar and come and join us for an Irish themed, St Patricks Night on Saturday March 19th.

The evening will follow a similar format as before a 6:30pm start for food around 7:00pm. The menu is yet to be confirmed, but will be advertised prior to the event, nevertheless we can tell you the menu will be… yes you guessed it IRISH!!

For any information or to book, please contact us through:
Phone: 01260 277 658

Friday Nights at the Mill – What’s next…

We held two great ‘Friday Nights at the Mill’ events here over January:

A Russian Night and Burns night supper, both which sold out in advance and a great night was had by all. We plan on making these a regular occurrence over 2022, with a few already in the calendar.

The next Friday Night at the Mill will be St David’s Night – Friday 25th February 2022. The evening will follow the usual format arriving at 6:30pm for food just after 7pm.

More information will be shared through our Facebook page closer to the time, but you can book now by:

Call us on – 01260 277658

Message us on Facebook – The Old Saw Mill

Email us on –

A very successful Repair Café

We held the first Repair Café event at the café on Saturday 29th January 10am to 2pm, it was an enormous success, lots of people bought lots of stuff to repair, a great time was had by all, follow Facebook to be part of the next Repair Café on 26th February. 

This is also their website – Congleton Repair Café | Repaircafe

Mothers Day Tea’s

And to something we’ve not done before, Ruth is gaining an enthusiastic following for her afternoon teas either in the cafe or as takeaways. So, would you like afternoon tea for your Mother’s Day party; treat Mum to something rather special and all homemade; well other than the Prosecco! Just £12 per person.

Contact us for more details and to book, either via Facebook on ring 01260 277658.

Car Chats and Proggy mats

Cars chat

As a ‘car man’ I find myself having conversations with people about my time in motor sport or at Rolls-Royce and Bentley Cars and wondered whether folks out there would like me to start a Cars Chat Group? If so, tell someone at the cafe and we’ll make 2pm on Thursday cartime. – Peter Aston

Proggy Mat Workshop:

Helen, one of our volunteers, has recently moved to Congleton and is very keen to duplicate a workshop she attended at the Beamish Open Air Museum, she has the resources and materials so that participants would learn how to make a small mat. We are planning the workshop on Saturdays 10am to 2pm starting 2nd April priced £20 including lunch!

Get Togethers

There’s nothing better than a get together with like-minded people, our Knit and Nattergroup proves that! People have asked if we could get a Book Group started and there’s plenty of tools and materials to get an Arts and Crafts Group going, they both just need one or two people to get each group started. Could you help do that? If so, talk to us at the cafe and we’ll get started.