Craft Groups

Craft Group
Last month we mentioned meeting at the OSM to form an informal Craft Group meeting on Wednesdays between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. We are going ahead with organising the group and are meeting for the first time on Wednesday 6th July at 4pm, to discuss the kind of things we would like to do and for a general chit chat.
So, if you’re interested in popping by for a bit of crafting or even just a natter, we’d love to see you!

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!

Our Loyalty and Shareholder Schemes

Loyalty and Share Holder Schemes

Here is a reminder of how you can further support us through our loyalty and shareholder schemes…

You can join the scheme by clicking on the link below and filling in the application form below on the full post which is also available in the Old Saw Mill. For £3 per month or £35 per year you will get:

A loyalty card to prove you have signed up.
A 10% discount on all food and drinks you purchase in our café
Every month a free gift, typically a cake or biscuit and a cup of tea or coffee to wash it down.
If you eat in the café at least twice a month you will easily get your money back.

If you want more information, next time you are in why not talk to one of our loyal staff who will do their best to answer any questions you have.

Why not become a Shareholder

If you would like to get further involved and support our work in the local community why not think about becoming a shareholder of the Old Saw Mill. We are currently providing about 80 meals weekly to people in their own homes and are starting a meal voucher scheme to support people who are being badly hit by the reduction in Universal Credit as well as higher energy and food costs. 

If you buy shares, you will not only get all the benefits of the Loyalty Scheme but also you will be able to attend our Annual Meeting and elect the members of the Board of Trustees. You may even want to become a board member yourself.

An application to purchase shares can be found by clicking the link on the full post below or you can pick one up in the Old Saw Mill.

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!

Old Saw Mill Lunch Club for July

Friday 1st July
Minced beef pie with new potatoes, carrots and green beans (Gluten, mustard, celery)
Cheese and onion pie with new potatoes, carrots and green beans
Orange drizzle cake (gluten, eggs, milk)

Friday 8th July
Lasagne with salad and coleslaw (Gluten, milk, mustard)
Veg lasagne with salad and coleslaw ( gluten, milk, mustard)
Peach, almond and raspberry traybake ( gluten, eggs, almonds, milk)

Friday 15th July
Roast pork, stuffing and apple sauce ( gluten)
Nut roast (Nuts, soya,gluten)
Roast potatoes, Carrots and swede, Broccoli and gravy
Fruit trifle (Gluten, eggs,milk)

Friday 22nd July
Cheese and onion Quiche with new potatoes and salad (Gluten, milk, eggs, mustard)
Fruit pavlova (eggs, milk)

Friday 29th July
Spanish chicken traybake
Or Spanish style Vegetable and butterbean tray bake
with new potatoes, Carrots and cauliflower
Fruit cheesecake (gluten, lactose)

Volunteer Open Days

Our volunteer open day last month was successful with some lovely people enjoying cake and showing interest in volunteering with the Old Saw Mill. With some working with the team already over the past few weeks.
We will now run a regular volunteer open day every month on the second to last Saturday of the Month with this month’s taking place 2-3pm Saturday July 23rd 2022.
So, if you’re interested in finding out more about some of our volunteering opportunities here at the Old Saw Mill come down and chat with some of our happy volunteers.

Repair Cafe

The next Congleton Repair Café event will be Saturday June 25th 2022 from 10am till 2pm @ the Old Saw Mill 

Head on over to their Facebook page for more information

Old Saw Mill Lunch Club menu for June

Old saw mill Lunch club June menu

Friday 3rd June
Chicken breast in a mushroom sauce
Stuffed mushrooms (Gluten, milk)
Jersey royal potatoes
Mixed vegetables
Jubilee cupcake (eggs, gluten, milk)

Friday 10th June
Cottage pie or veggie cottage pie
Carrots,Peas and gravy (gluten, milk, mustard)
Coffee and walnut traybake (eggs, gluten, milk)

Friday 17th June
Roast chicken with stuffing (gluten)
Aubergine bake ( milk)
Roast potatoes, carrots and green beans and gravy
Fruit crumble and custard ( gluten, milk)

Friday 24th June
Beef casserole ( gluten, mustard) or vegetable and lentil casserole
Mashed potato (Milk, mustard)
Carrots and peas
Homemade shortbread biscuits (Gluten, milk)

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 –

Instagram – @jls_weddingphotography and @jls_familyphotography

Facebook – JLS Photography @JLSPhotographyuk

Cheshire Kids Clothes Swap Shop

We are being a host for a new Kids Clothes Swap Shop coming to Congleton…
Cheshire Kids Clothes Swap Shop is coming to the Old Saw Mill Saturday 18th June, 9am—12pm
Bring good quality kids clothes you no longer need and swap for the sizes you do need (Age 0-5 only)
The price is £2 for 20 swaps
Unfortunately, the event will not accept stained / holey / sleepwear clothes as part of swaps but you can donate these into their separate “take for free bucket”
Please join us and choose pre-loved clothing to help the environment (and your purse)!