Welcome to our latest newsletter at the end of a busy week with the Coronation of King Charles III, a historic event whether you’re a lover of the Monarchy or not! The Old Saw Mill has the royal seal of approval as the King himself visited us in 2018! We have been busy at the Mill and even have a little mystery if our own! Read on!!!

Monday, 8th May was billed as the ‘big help out’, did you get out and volunteer?

As you know we run on volunteer power! Our current volunteers are doing a wonderful job all 38 of them, why not come and join them?

Secret Garden Furniture:

As the days warm up (fingers crossed!) and we look forward to people using our secret garden, we want to thank Dee for her fabulous work cleaning and painting all the furniture. She has single handedly transformed the weather ravaged furniture back to life and we’re hugely grateful – thanks Dee! 

And more about the garden:

Diana has started her great work bringing our sleepy garden back to life and we’re forever grateful for her hard work in anticipation of our involvement in this summer’s In Bloom activities.

Old Saw Mill Garden
Beautifully painted garden furniture at the Old Saw Mill

May’s events:

We’re back to normal for our monthly Classic Film Night led by John Lindley on Friday 26th May. This month’s film is 12 Angry Men – the 1957 original starring Henry Fonda. A big favourite of mine, it scores 9.0 on IMDB if you’re into such things and features in lots of people’s 100 greatest films. These nights sell out quickly so get your seats booked early, there’s only 24 places.  Doors will open at 5.30 pm. The excellent pie, peas and mashed potatoes supper is served at 6.00 pm followed by John’s introduction to the film and then the showing of the movie. Cost is £10 for non-members of the OSM and £8 for members.

Flim night
Stall in the Park

We were at the Picnic in the Park 8th May:

The Coronation is an excuse for a party, so we got a stall at the Picnic in The Park last Monday,  selling the usual OSM goodies – apple juice, jams and gingerbread. Did you brave the showers? It was still a fabulous day despite the weather! 


Markets in May:

As usual, we’ll be at Rode Hall Farmers Markets on the 3rd June, a fine opportunity to sample the OSM offerings. And on the Bank holiday Monday 29th May we’ll be part of the fun at Glebe Farm! You’re spoilt for choice as to which one to go to.

Meeting Room hire

Remember if you need a room or the whole of the Saw Mill for your use please talk to us, we’re here and happy to help. Yes, we know parking is a problem but otherwise it’s perfect!


Craft Group in Wednesdays:

There is a growing group of crafters making stuff in the peace and quiet of our upstairs main room. They meet under Helen’s watchful eye, have lots of great resources, and would welcome all of you budding creators! Contact Helen at 01260 277658


Painting our Bear:

Our bear, Scarlett Pearmain, could do with a refresh for summer! If you could lead the refurbishment please approach one of the Peter’s and we’ll get started.


And that mystery?

One of the U3A Welsh group spotted that one of fire extinguishers was discharged. Not knowing anything about such things I just assumed it had lost pressure over time. Our fire extinguisher service engineer came in yesterday and said that it had been discharged completely in other words someone had used it until it was completely empty. But who, when and how? Maybe used when the adjacent fire at Christmas 2019? No, it was serviced in Autumn 2020! So, someone has discharged it either during Covid shutdowns, or doing normal business or – we have a ghost who’s discharged it! Answers please to one of the Peters!