Everything that happened in 2020 leading up to Christmas pre-ordained that it would be a very different Christmas.
Previous Christmases have meant lots of friends and work groups booking Christmas Lunch in the cafe; typically around 300 hundred lunches; this year none. We serve Christmas lunch on Christmas Day to more than 40 people; this year none.
This year the Big Heart Lunch Club that met at both St John’s Community Centre and United Reform Church had to close at the start of Lockdown. Over time it became a weekly delivery of lunch to Lunch Club members which then expanded to include entirely new members socially isolated around the town. Each week we serve a chilled main meal and pud to more than 50 customers to reheat at their convenience. The Town Council supports the scheme and delivers the food. Congleton Inclosure Trust and Cheshire East Council have provided grants to support the scheme.
So, for Christmas lunch we have extra customers; we’re providing 92 full Christmas lunches for people, delivered chilled on Christmas Eve and we hope to provide a few extras for them too!
So, like much of 2020 it will be a little different!
In addition there has been a campaign called Congleton Cares providing Christmas Goodies to several hundred people around the town. The Old Saw Mill offered, in a moment of madness, to provide a trio of truffles and marzipan apples! They took 3 days to make and pack, but people seemed to love them!
Despite it all have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year, here’s to a better 2021!
For those who are interested the share application form for purchasing shares in the recently created THE OLD SAW MILL CBS LTD is below. The Old Saw Mill Share Application Form v1
Would you like lunch every Friday delivered to your door for £6? Provided by the Old Saw Mill Community Café for anyone socially isolated and living locally.
A main meal and a pudding, veggie option available, chilled and ready to microwave or oven heat at a time to suit you! Contact 01260 277658 to apply.
TOSM CBS Rules For those who have been enquiring, above is a link to the rules relating to our Benefit Society status.
Although the café will be opening again on 2nd December, we are still busy with the Big Heart Lunch Club which is delivering about 45 meals at £6 per meal every Friday to those that are isolating due to COVID or just fancy a day off from cooking. It is run in conjunction with Congleton Town Council who contribute £2 per head for those who are entitled to a discount. The remaining £4 is collected every 5 weeks making it £20.
We have the capacity to produce many more meals so please contact 01260 270350 to join in!
A main meal and a pudding, veggie option available, will be delivered to your door Friday morning chilled ready to microwave or oven heat at a time to suit you!
If you are getting fed up with working from home without a break, why not book a desk/table in our café next to a power point? From 11am to 2pm you can work at our premises for £10 and this will include a light lunch …
For those that were interested we have been delivering apple juice, cider and cider vinegar on Friday mornings ever since the first lockdown. Now that we are into our second lockdown, we would like to remind everyone of this service.
Any three bottles £8, six bottles £15, a case of twelve £25.
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As long as Government guidelines don’t change we are planning to open again when the lockdown ends on Wednesday 2nd December. We would like to make every day in December Xmas day with all the decorations and scrumptious Xmas food. We therefore plan to have …
We have now been juicing for 6 weeks and produced 400 litres of cider which is currently fermenting nicely and 1500 litres of apple juice. You can still bring your spare apples to the Old Saw Mill and empty your containers into the trays provided at …
After carefully considering the current situation the directors of the Old Saw Mill have concluded that it will be possible to safely produce delicious apple juice again this year. After a bumper harvest last year everyone is hoping for another successful year in 2020, in spite of the pandemic.
We will be receiving apples from local gardens from Tuesday 1st September. Please bring all your spare apples to the Old Saw Mill, Back River Street and leave them in the collection trays behind the cycle rail next to the front door. They can be left there whilst the café is open (9.00am – 3.00pm Mon – Friday) or at weekends.
Astbury Mere visitor centre can no longer receive apples so please don’t take them there.
Our sincere thanks in advance to everyone who supports us by donating apples. Up to 70% of apples grown in this country are left to rot in gardens so let’s buck the trend in Congleton and use them for a good cause.
Last year nearly 3000 bottles of juice and 600l of cider were produced. There are still some left so hurry up and get some before they are gone.”
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