Opening Times

As we reported last month we’ve been really struggling with skilled staff meaning we really faced having to close on Mondays during August. In the event we only closed on one Monday and now we’re confident we can open 6 days per week, Monday through Saturday.
However, what is different is that people are not using the cafe much before 10am in the morning but they’re keener to stay beyond 3pm so from Monday 30th August we’ll open each day at 10am and close at 4pm giving you more time to enjoy tea and Ruth’s lovely cakes.

August Friday Club menu

Lunch club – August meals

6th August

Lamb casserole with mashed potatoes white cabbage and carrots

Stuffed aubergine with mashed potatoes cabbage and carrots

Peach and raspberry tray bake and custard

13th August

Spanish chicken and chorizo stew with vegetable rice and

Sweetcorn.

Spanish style veg and chickpea stew with vegetable rice and sweetcorn

Jam and cream scone

20th August

Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding,

Roast potatoes, mashed carrots and swede, cauliflower and gravy.

Stuffed Portobello mushrooms, roast potatoes, carrots and swede and cauliflower.

Homemade trifle

27th August

chicken, ham and cider pie, new potatoes, sweetcorn and gravy.

Cheesy leek pie, new potatoes, sweetcorn and ratatouille.

Fruit pavlova

Twang Tastic

Twang Tastic
Paul Adby, of U3A and Spy Shadows fame, has built up a great following for his ‘Paul Adby – Music from the Twangtastic 50’s and 60s’ Facebook Live events. Lots of his 2,000 followers listen into his and Jeannie’s weekly sessions, usually Friday or Sunday evenings at 8pm on Facebook. 
As the cafe is slowly opening up, Paul has asked us to host his Twangtastic Show live on Friday 13th August. The plan is to open around 6.30pm and provide some food and plenty of drinks so that we’re all ready to give Paul and Jeannie’s show a cafe full of audience participation that has been so missing during Covid. 
Tickets will be an easy £5 including simple buffet food for a fascinating evening enjoying something really different that has come out of the pandemic!
First come, first served.

Cafe Opening

We’re closing the cafe on Mondays during August.

Like the rest of the hospitality industry nationally we’re really struggling for staff. You’ll recollect Charla has moved onto greater things; Marina is planning a month’s holiday early in August so we’re rather thin on the ground.
We’re using every avenue we can to find more of the right kind of staff – those capable of supervising the cafe – and as soon as we find someone we’ll reopen. Challenging times!
Of course if you know anyone that might be interested send them to us either call Ruth on 01260 277658 or email us at info@theoldsawmill.org

Churnet Radio

Churnet Radio:
We’re great friends with Churnet Radio, based in Biddulph they are the ‘Local Radio For The Staffordshire Moorlands and Cheshire Border’. They are a web based radio station, find them at churnetsound.co.uk. They have visited the Saw Mill and are planning to do a live programme from the cafe soon.

Masks and NHS App

Masks and NHS App:
Freedom day 19th July: we decided as a board to carry on as we had been: asking people to sign in, sanitise their hands, wear masks until they sit down. As ever most people are happy with that but some aren’t, which is a pity. We can’t insist of course, we’re just trying our best.

We have run out of Apple Juice!

We have run out of Apple Juice! 

Due to making less apple juice last year we have now sold our last bottle, but don’t despair from mid August we shall start again.

As many of you know our apples come from the gardens of people in Congleton and beyond and so in August if you are starting to pick apples and you have too many, please bring them to the Old Saw Mill.

Thanks

Dewi and Peter

July Friday Club menus

Lunch club menu for July 2/7/21 Lasagne with garlic bread with carrots and sweetcorn (gluten,milk) Vegetarian/ vegan option Vegetable lasagne with garlic bread and carrots and sweetcorn Chocolate brownie (gluten, egg, milk) 9/7/21 Roast chicken fillet with stuffing,pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, gravy …

Treasurer/Finance Director

Treasurer/Finance Director:
Dewi has been a stalwart member of the Old Saw Mill board since early 2018 and has decided to hang his pencil and calculator up at the AGM. If you might be interested in this position and want to talk more about it then contact Peter Aston in the first instance. It is likely that the board will co-opt anyone interested so that they can get a feel of the position prior to election to board at the 2022 AGM. Formal finance qualifications are not necessary for this position but an interest in company finance probably is .