WE ARE ON THE SCROUNGE!
Do you have any of the following:-
• Tumble Dryer
• Kitchen sink with a base unit
• Afternoon tea style cups and saucers
If you have or know anyone who is getting rid of any of the above please contact any of us on the list at the bottom.
We need volunteers in our café, so if you can spare a couple of hours drop in or contact one of us below.
We’re part of Congleton Jazz and Blues this year: we’re welcoming the Salt City Jazzmen on Saturday 26th at 6pm. and Jazzworks, Congleton’s very own Big Band at 8pm on Sunday.
The Old Saw Mill is now part of the Congleton Big Heart Lunch Club so for just £5 you can enjoy a 2 course meal. Come and join Yvonne at midday every Wednesday.
The Member’s gift for August is free tea and coffee with any food ordered; plus enjoy your usual 10% member discount.
…………..and finally, we are now collecting apples which we will use to make apple juice and cider which we sell in the café. So if you have some windfalls or an excess of apples, then bring them here.
We now have several house-bound people who would love to have meals on wheels. If you could help deliver meals and socialise with them for a few minutes, please talk to Peter. This Meals on Wheels service will start w/c 4th September.
The Old Saw Mill is joining the Congleton Big Heart Lunch Club from Wednesday 19th July at midday. For just £5 you will enjoy a 2 course meal, for eligibility ask next time you’re in the café!
We are now providing a number of school students with work experience and paid holiday work. They are all doing really well, working hard and getting on together.
Like most young people they are friendly, polite and reliable.
Our thanks to Charla, Chloe, Grace, Mark, Sam and Liam.
Please say hello to them when you visit.
Wincle Brewery: if you want beer rather than cider then we have Wincle beers for you, £3 per bottle.
Our accessible toilet is now fully functioning complete with baby-changing facilities, many thanks to Norman and Trudie’s hard work and generosity.
Lots discussed at our first AGM on 29th June and we outlined our future plans for the Old Saw Mill.
Member’s gift for July is a yummy Cream Tea for £1; plus enjoy your usual 10% member discount on food purchases and room hire.
Have you joined yet? If not follow the link to download or call into The old Saw Mill for an application form.
We need washer-up volunteers, can you spare a couple of hours, pay is good company, membership and good food all free!
|Every Monday 1.15-2.15pm; 6-7pm, and 7-8pm:
Classes are up and running, you can join any anytime, more information from Alison on 07798 555458.
Every Tuesday 10 – 11am:
Every Tuesday 2pm to 4pm
Every Friday, call in anytime:
Mum’s Bumps and Babies – come for a chat, tea and cakes.
Mum’s, Toddlers and a story – if there’s enough little ones we’ll read a story and entertain them for a bit while mum’s can enjoy a snack!
Saturday 22nd July:
OLD SAW MILL
BACK RIVER STREET
“Many thanks to all those generous customers who have signed up to become members of the Old Saw Mill. We aim to make your membership a worthwhile experience, so in March in addition to 10% discount in the cafe we will be giving you a free cup of tea or coffee and a slice of one of Yvonne’s delicious sponge cakes on production of your membership card.We will be making a similar free offer in subsequent months so if you want to take advantage of this sign up without delay!
Come and celebrate International Women’s Day at the Old Saw Mill on 8th March from 10.00 – 12.00. We believe this is the first time that this has been acknowledged in this way in Congleton.
The event will also include the launch of “The Monthly Gift” which is an initiative where women can drop-in and receive free hygiene products. These items are expensive and still subject to VAT and the costs can be problematic for women on low incomes. Since 2010, infections have risen markedly because women use substitute materials which are not hygienic.
We are looking for someone with bookkeeping skills to help us to manage the day to day finances along with liaising with our accountant to prepare monthly and annual accounts. If you think you have a few hours to spare each week we would love to hear from you. Please contact Peter, Pete or Anna.
Our Xmas Lunch was so successful, we are planning to have an Easter Lunch on 16th April, so if you know of anyone who would really appreciate a hearty meal then please get in touch.
We hope this newsletter is reaching everyone but if you would like to contact us here are a few methods:-
Facebook :- The Old Saw Mill
General E-mail:- email@example.com
Direct E-mail and phone for Finance and Governance – firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct E-mail and phone for Bookings, Café, Volunteers and Marketing – email@example.com and 07738877114
Direct E-mail for Buildings, Development and Maintenance – firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter, Anna and Pete
If you have visited the Old Saw Mill you will know what a fantastic facility it is and also appreciate the benefit it can offer to our local community in Congleton. To be successful we have to rely on a team of willing volunteers and donations of materials and equipment which have all contributed to what we have achieved so far.
We want to move on to the next stage of our development by establishing an effective management structure and also involve as many people as we can in the project. We are therefore launching a membership scheme and are inviting you to become a member of Congleton Community Partnership.
For as little as £3 a month you can have a stake in the Old Saw Mill and at the same time get 10% discount in the cafe and a similar discount on some room bookings on production of your membership card.
Membership also entitles you to attend our board meetings and elect member directors to the management board at the AGM. You may even wish to stand to be a director yourself! Alternatively you may just be happy to make a small financial contribution towards the development of the Old Saw Mill project, in order to help us achieve our aims.
You may have seen in the Chronicle an article about our plans to provide a “meals on wheels” visiting service for elderly people who live alone, rarely go out and may not have many visitors. Your contribution will help us to establish this valuable service.
If you would like to join us please complete the attached application form and give us back page 3 with your contact details on and retain the rest which includes details how you can make your membership payment.
We are really looking forward to hearing from you. If you have any further queries please contact us on:
Click here to obtain the application form
or just call in for a chat and a cup of tea and one of Yvonne’s fantastic scones!
Peter, Anna and Pete
A very big thank you to Peter Jackson, Retrograde, for getting everyone, or almost everyone, up to dance after their Christmas Lunch, with his songs’ extravaganza set from the 50/60/70/80s. A huge welcome and thank you too, to his brother, Alan, for his magical tricks, banter and bonhomie. What a team! We had a grand time.
Of course, none of this could have happened without the vibrant spirit of our volunteers.
So many people from our town gave up precious hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to help make this happen, so, in no particular order, our thanks go to, Kirsty and Tel; Dee and Chris; Mandy, Seb and Mark; Angie and Carol; Ethel and Anna R; Linda; Anna K; Audrey and Gordon; Sara, Brenda and Diane.
Thank you so much!
We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of sponsors for this event, some of whom have asked that should sponsorship money be left over from the Christmas lunch that we put it towards our next community dinner. There is, and yes, we shall, and since we have already been asked by a number of guests and volunteers about the next one: how about Easter?
The team at Old Saw Mill are busy planning for four, or maybe five Community Get- Together dinners and events for 2017, so please come on board with your ideas.
In the meantime: we think the picture
says it all…
Keep healthy and happy by signing up for your favourite
Classes and Events for January, 2017
New! Life drawing Saturday 7th and 14th 12.30-2.30pm; Thursday 19th 2-4pm
Contact Anna: 07738877114
Discover Pilates every Monday 1.15-2.15pm; and 7-8pm
Contact Alison: 07775938532
Tai Chi every Tuesday 10-11am
Contact Jennifer: 07972287757
Maddison’s Yoga every Tuesday 12-1pm
Contact Maddy: 07476053453
New! Children’s Yoga every Tuesday 1.30-2.15pm
Contact Karen: 07540388751
Zoe’s Zumba every Wednesday 7-8pm
Contact Zoe: 07983505647
OSM Art Exhibition
“Get Together”, open evening: 4.30-7pm 20th Jan
Open Invitation to our new exhibition work by local artists and designers
There is still time to submit your work: contact Anna 07738877114 or email for an application form: email@example.com
“Meditate for Peace”
Saturday 21st January, 10-2.30pm
With Dhyan Prasada
Join Dhyan’s meditation workshop and her guest speakers for, “Meditate for Peace”
Sessions include, “Sound Healing”, facilitated by Sas Bullock
and “Kirtan/Sanskrit Mantro, facilitated by John Crosbie
to book a place or to find out more please contact Dhan on 07807044908
Book now to take advantage of the advanced ticket price of £15 per place, when you book before the 11th of January. After that tickets are £20 or £25 on the day.
We have been busy building the Old Saw Mill team since Stewart left and we are very pleased to announce that Peter Ranson has joined us as a Director. Pete, as he prefers to be called, has a wealth of experience at hand and has ear-marked the installation of the commercial kitchen as one of his priorities. We are all keen to see this up and running and Pete will be overseeing this aspect of Old Saw Mill’s development straightaway. So, watch this space!
We are so pleased to announce that Yvonne Phillips, chef extraordinaire, has joined us and plans are already afoot to develop our cafe area. You will see such a difference when you next visit as Yvonne’s new ideas for the menu are on show now. Yvonne has planned sumptuous lunches and tasty treats, including flat breads, cakes and biscuits available fresh from the oven. See Yvonne’s feature boards when you next visit for lunch or a cuppa.
Patti Pinto, our secret gardener, has set up our new face book page. It’s up and running so please visit us on face book: The Old Saw Mill
Last but by no means least – as you would not be reading this without him! Dewi Jones has taken on board the new set-up and running of our new E-Mill newsletter. Please contact Dewi if you would like to add a friend or have enquiries at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The last of the apples have been juiced, vatted and stored in the press room where they will stay for the next 6 – 12 months. Again, thank you to all of you who have contributed with fruit. A very big thank you to you, Charla, our Congleton High School work-place student, who has the weighty, wet and apple-whiffy process down to a fine art. Well Done, Charla!
Thank you to all for giving your time.
Having said all of that, here is our new contact list – January 2017
Peter Ashton: 07971805372 email: email@example.com
Anna Morrison: 07738877114 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Ranson: 07717003847 email: email@example.com
For E-Mill enquiries: please contact Dewi: firstname.lastname@example.org
Old Saw Mill happens because of people of Congleton give time and donations. Please get in touch with us as we are always looking to expand our team. In the next few weeks you will hear from us about more of our new projects.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Our very best wishes from the team at OSM,
Anna, Peter, Pete, Yvonne, Patti and Dewi,
Old Saw Mill, Back River Street, River Street, Congleton, CW12 1HJ
Bringing people together: at the heart of the Community