Senior Forum Group Meeting Minutes 27.03.18

Congleton Senior Forum group meeting took place recently, read the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Dementia Steering Group Plans.


Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions.


Tgt to gain 250 Dementia Friends this year, currently at 181 with a number of sessions booked in the pipeline. Banks, Churches and Medical Centres on board, now moving onto business and schools.

Events/Activity Programme.

Good programme of events now in place with other activities being added. First Quarterly local activity leaflet printed and distributed.


Dementia Action Week (21st to 27th May)

Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions being planned every day that week.

Special activity planned for Paddling Pool area Thurs 24th May.


Alzheimer’s Society recognition.

We have now gained recognition by the Alzheimer’s Society as working towards a dementia Friendly town and can now use their logo both individually and with businesses.


Tesco Store (Barn Rd)

Wendy looking at the idea of creating a “Dementia Friends “ flower bed on the newly barked / orchard area.


Senior Forum Ideas.

Social Isolation

Sarah raised the issue of men looking to access local sports etc. They are less likely than the women to go out and meet people easily. There used to be a men’s group operating out of Trinity, Glen to check if this is still functioning.

Brenda working on developing a men’s session at The Railway Bowling Club. Funding needed Brenda to talk to Wendy re Tesco Bags of Help scheme.

Congleton Sustainability Group Meeting Minutes 26.03.18

Congleton Sustainability group meeting took place recently, read the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Dane Valley Community Energy.

Planning application in 18/0773M

Lots of questions being asked by planners that will all need addressing.

Access to the site to get equipment down to the build is currently the biggest problem.

Enhancing Congleton’s Natural Environment

DJ circulated a paper on the “River Valleys” project which has arisen form the Neighbourhood Plan policies S3 & S4.

MS circulate to the group. No map included with this document.

The project is in early stages and needs more work before taking to Congleton Town Council for their support.

DJ to research how other towns are working on the delivery of their NH action plans.


Next Meeting:-          

Mon 14th May 2018 , The Old Saw Mill ,10.00am


Youth Forum Meeting Minutes 20.03.18

The Youth Forum meeting took places recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.


Highlights include:

Body Positive – Carys Jones.

 Body Positive are a charity, commissioned by both CEBC and Cheshire West and Chester to provide sexual health, sexuality and gender diversity service to the community. Their services include Testing, Counselling, Education,  working with Social Groups, One to One and Peer Support.

The have an outreach service consisting of 3 members and work closely with Colleges and Schools.

Carys to contact both CHS and EBA with a view to delivering some support to the schools, also interested in attending the Congleton Family Fun Day. MS send her details.



Safety Central.

MS had circulated information on Safety Central. This purpose built facility at Lymm Cheshire is an interactive  life skills centre with 5differnt  zones that help young people learn to be safe in the real world.

Avoid Cyber crime

Know what dangers to look for

Get to know apps

Protect themselves from predators

Be safe in different surroundings.

This make a good trip for schools and can be tailored to the age group on the day.


Contact on


Note CHS have arranged a trip already Spring 2019, booked up for this year.


Family Fun Fest -10th April Congleton Leisure Centre.

The event offers tasters across a wide range of sports. Included in the day is a Bouncy Castle, Fire Engine, Police Car with crash sim, food stall, dance activities Teen Gym etc etc. Free to all.

MS circulate poster, CHS put on big screen in the hall.

Amie to put out on social media, Glen advertise around Bromley Farm

Amie contact Usman at Plus Dane.


CHS Shelter.

Currently the school is raising money for an outdoor shelter in the Quad area. The £20K project is designed to ease pressure at break time/ lunchtime, function as an Outdoor Classroom and some planned community activity. Building would ideally start over the summer with the facility being open for the start of the next school year.

Once built is it hoped to start a Sustainability Group with students running charity Tuesdays and uniform Recycling.


Connected Communities.

Mark advised the group of the first Connected Communities project meeting at The Old Saw Mill, Wed 28th March, 3pm. 4 Connected Community Centres are being developed in and around Congleton although some outreach activity could well be available

Projects and Finance Committee minutes 19.06.18

The Project and Finance committee meeting took place recently, read the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlighte incudes:

Project  Update.



Planning permission granted with conditions.

D.McGifford / M.Smith to follow up some funding ideas.

J.Carter / M.Pickford to work om Tendering Paper

MS contact various groups for support of the project.

£20,600 already pledged, CTC to discuss in business plan meeting. Once we have a firm agreement from CTC, we will have confidence to take forward with other funders/groups etc.

Article in Spring Bear Necessities.


Public Realm Strategy.

Weekly bulletins regularly sent out. CTC members met with Highways 15.3.18, action list being drawn up. Should all be completed by Easter.


Leisure Centre.

Quotes are all in and a developer agreed. New pool and refurbish dry side. Press release out to public, no plans submitted as yet.


Link Road.

95% Land agreements obtained, could break ground late 2018, or Jan 2019.


The Mills.

Nothing new from Scarborough although there is belief that things are progressing. J.Mac has contacted CEBC re Princess St Car Park and the future of the Electric Charging Points.

No contact for us with Scarborough.


Date and Time of the next meeting.

Monday 21st May  2018 The Spencer Suite , 9.30am

Congleton Partnership Executive Meeting Minutes

Congleton Partnership Executive Meeting Minutes met recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Cheshire Connect – Cherie Semper.
Cheshire Connect is a registered charity that matches skills and expertise of local businesses and professional, offered free of charge, with the needs of the community and voluntary sector.
Cherie is the new business connector for Congleton and Sandbach.
She is currently getting to know the organisations/businesses locally and has already helped various organisations with some of their business/ forward planning.
J.Money commented on how grateful she was with Cherie’s support on helping her to put a business plan together, D.Murphy also commented on CAB’s dealings with Cheshire Connect.
If you know of any charities, organisations and voluntary groups that need some support please let Cherie know. info@cheshireconnect.og or ring 01244688436


Senior Forum – S Akers Smith
Dementia Steering Group (Dementia Friendly Congleton) is going from strength to strength. We are half way to our Dementia Friends Target for 2018. (TGT 250, achieved 134) with a widening range of Businesses, Organisations and Health Services coming on board. Activity programme for Congleton showing activity across 6 days per week, JMac putting together a more professional leaflet. We now have a regular column in The Chronicle.
Health and Wellbeing Fayre. This is planned for Tuesday 2nd October and will be a joint project with Mid Cheshire Health Trust. Subgroup meeting planned for 27th March, more details at the June meeting.
Projects and Finance.
Town Centre Destination maps. Still to be sited at the Bus Station, Railway Station and in the Town Centre.
Heritage Trail – waiting for development form TMC. We are no loger a developer of the scheme, but a potential customer.
Mountbatten Way – 7 more large planters and tubs being sites which will give us 19 trees in total plus the 5 pear trees in Back St carpark in our drive to “green” Mountbatten Way.
Play Area activity – national play day is 1st August, J.Money to work with Mark Gleave on some play area activity on the day.


The Royal Visit.
John Beardmore wished to record his thanks and congratulations to all involved in the organisation of the Royal Visit. A great occasion that left a good feeling across Congleton. BE commented on the choice of Congleton because of its strong voluntary sector and the close working across the whole of the town.


The meeting ended at 7.08pm
Next Meeting is:- Tuesday 5th June 2018 , Bridestones Suite , 5.30pm.

Dementia Friendly Congleton Group

Dementia Friendly Congleton Group meeting took place recently, download full meeting minutes HERE.

Dementia Friends Awareness Sessions.
DF Target for 2018 is (250)
MS to issue a log recording numbers and businesses / organisations involved.
Sessions currently planned :-

Wed 7th March – Meadowside Medical Centre (DR)
Tues 20 Mar – New Life Church (WI) inc Twiddle Muff knitting. (Sarah.J).
Mon 26th Feb – Mossley (TBC)

If you know of anyone interested in attending these please contact the champions running the sessions as indicated.
MS send out updated registration sheet inc agreement for Photo/Publicity.

SF/MG to contact The Tennis Club.
D.McGifford (outside of the meeting) to contact N.Moorhouse (Dane Mill Business Ctr / Congleton Town Football Club)
Care Homes – wait until after the budget meeting at Cheshire East. Care Homes can approach The Alzheimer’s Soc for professional guidance.
Add to The Youth Forum agenda, Diane happy to come along and set the scene for 10minutes.
Kathy Slater was going to contact Team Parish?

Drop In Sessions / Activity Programme.
An updated programme issued prior to the meeting. We are only capturing a small amount of what is happening in and around Congleton.
MS write out for more information about activities being offered to all of the community centres, look at the possibility of a monthly or bi-monthly leaflet being produced. J.Mac to look at this
Broaden activity away from Dementia although brand subtlety when required.
PA to log what is going on at the OSM afternoon tea events and let MS have the figures.
Ideas for activities:- Big Card Bingo, Memory Photos ( museum could lend us a pack), Blowing Big Bubbles, Music and Sing a long Songs (Jess will send PA some examples)
Jess to contact Rev Murray George re the new service being set up at United Reform Church from March.
Sarah Jacklin to contact Julie Hagan (East Cheshire Hospice) re a wellbeing course for carers and patients. Possible invite Julie to the March DFC Meeting.
Talking Newspaper. Contact Lynn 01270 760104
Choral Soc/ Can’t Sind Choir – M.Butcher may know a contact?
Inclusive Swim Sessions. First one disappointing turnout, however the staff were great. Need to get the message out about these sessions, next 3 are Sat 17th Feb, 3rd March and 21st April. Please display posters and talk to as many people as possible about this opportunity.
JMac to look at leaflet idea.
Jess send Peter some sing a long examples.
Jess contact Rev Murray George.
Sarah to contact Julie Hagan.
M.Butcher, can’t sing choir contact?
Mountview / Respite Care.
Clare was approach by The Chronicle for comments around the possible closure of Mountview, this was duly printed and has resulted in quite a lot of feedback and cries for help.


Next Meeting:- Tuesday 13th March
Future Meeting Monthly until end of March then look to move to 2 monthly.
2.00pm, Old Saw Mill.






Please accept our apologies for the late delivery of this month’s E-Mill Newsletter, we have had a very busy and exciting Royal January!!


Thank you Thank you Thank you to all the staff, volunteers, members and local community for helping The Old Saw Mill with preparations for the Royal visit on Wednesday 24th January 2018.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall received a welcome fit for a future king when they visited. On arrival, Prince Charles was given a glass of The Old Saw Mill’s apple juice, which he described as “very nice”.

During their visit, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall met the staff, volunteers, the people who donated goods and services to build the community cafe, some of the craft and arts groups, which regularly use The Old Saw Mill, the team who make the apple juice, the Christmas dinner team and the Meals on Wheels organisers.

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall received a parting gift of a hamper of hand-made goodies.

Here are some of the pictures taken from this memorable day…
royal visit


Thank you to Linsey Perry, Head of Creative, Flowcrete Group Ltd for taking the pictures.


To view more pictures of this special day, come down to The Old Saw Mill and take a look at our slide show in the cafe.


As advertised in last month’s E-Mill Newsletter, we had a job opportunity for an Administrative and Communications Coordinator to join The Old Saw Mill family. We are pleased to announce that we have found a successful candidate who has accepted the job!
Michelle Stevens


Michelle has joined the team to look after The Old Saw Mill’s marketing and day to day communications including our E-Mill Newsletter, Facebook page and Website (when created!).

Has a wonderful partner called Paul!
Has two daughters, Izzy age 10 and Tilly age 5!
Lives in Congleton!
Loves running!
Is a member and regularly competes for local running club, Congleton Harriers!

Should you wish to contact Michelle about any aspects to the day to day running of The Old Saw Mill, please call her on 01260 277658 or


We are currently looking for a confident, reliable part time assistant cook who has a passion for being in the kitchen, to join Alex and her team.

This position may suit someone who wants to work occasional hours or someone wants further hours working in the day to day café operation.

The hours available are 9am till 3pm, up to 3 days a week.

If this is for you and you would like to be part of a worthwhile organisation supporting the community, then please contact Alex, Cafe Manager between the hours of 9am and 11am on 01260 277658.



Cafe Manager, Alex and the team have been busy with regular volunteers John and Martin in installing the new Artisan shop this week. The shelves are stocked up with a variety of home-made jams, marmalades and chutney, freshly bottled apple juice and cider, cakes and scones, all produced at The Old Saw Mill and locally sourced brewed bottled beers.

We also have hand-made cards by our talented Head Baker, Yvonne. Hand-made bag charms and hand-knitted lap blankets by multi skilled Cafe Manager, Alex. Hand-made enamel Apple key rings by Vanessa and Lynda. Hand-knitted Twiddle Muff’s donated by Phyllis, which are ideal for people living with Dementia. Stunning mounted photographs of breathtaking views and wildlife by local photographer, Jules Hill.


If you have an Artisan skill and make something practical and would like to donate your hand-made items to The Old Saw Mill, please pop in and have a chat with Alex, Cafe Manager. We welcome all talents. All proceeds made are reinvested back into The Old Saw Mill so that we can continue providing clubs and events for the local community.

We need more volunteers to help in our cafe so if you have some free time and want to be part of something worthwhile and can spare a couple of hours, one day a week to do some washing up or waiting on, we’d be very grateful for your help.

Did you know we have a piano in our Cafe?

We are looking for pianists to volunteer their time to come and play a few tunes for our staff, volunteers and customers to enjoy!


For further details on volunteering opportunities in the Cafe, please pop in and see Alex, Cafe Manager.
You would love to volunteer but you can’t because you work…
Check with your employer, some companies offer a volunteering day for its employees!
In return for volunteering, you will receive free membership which entitles you to 10% discount on meals in the cafe and room hire, excellent company, and a delicious FREE meal on the day you volunteer! It’s hard to say no really!

Our Meals on Wheels service is progressing nicely! Peter Aston and Jo West are busy delivering excellent food to our local community. We are looking for additional volunteers to deliver our food between 12pm and 2pm to local people at their homes who may be unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. Please contact Peter Aston on 07971805372 for further details.

Do you remember Ted Pointon’s Timber Yard?
We would love to talk to people who have personal knowledge, pictures and/or experiences of this time.
Please contact Peter Aston on 07971805372.



Members offer for the month of February is……..



As well as the usual 10% member discount on meals in the cafe and room hire

Have you joined yet?

You can join by popping into The Old Saw Mill for an application form or click on the link below
complete and send to





Fancy strengthening your inner core and improving your posture, muscle elasticity and joint mobility?
Every Monday
The Lord Derby Room!

5pm till 9pm
For more details contact
Alison Farrall on 07775 938 532


Come and join the group and enjoy a good knit whilst you natter!
Every Tuesday on the sofas in the Cafe!
2pm till 4pm

Do you have any spare balls of wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks for our knit and natter group to use?
Please bring your spares to The Old Saw Mill and Alex, Cafe Manager will gladly take them off your hands!


Professional and amateur artists welcome
Male and female models available
Saturday 10th and 24th February
11am till 1pm
The Lord Derby Room!
£8 per person, per session

For further information contact Angie on 07789687428

Meet to socialise, discuss issues affecting women locally, nationally and internationally and identify ways to meet the needs of local women
Children welcome
Every Wednesday in the Cafe
10am till 12pm

For further information contact Sue Munro on 07534 510841


Come and gather together in Truth, Laughter, Meditation and Love for a beautiful gentle gathering and a sublime way to spend your morning
Saturday 17th February
10.30am till 12pm
The Lord Derby Room!

For further information contact Dhyan on 07807044908


A place to meet your friends and/or an opportunity to meet new friends and share your prenatal, antenatal and parenting experiences whilst enjoying Tea and Cakes
Every Friday from 1.30pm in the Cafe!


Do you love crafting and also getting together with friends and meeting new people?
Why not combine the activities and join us!
Every Thursday
The Lord Derby Room!
7pm till 9pm
£2 per person


Rekindle your interest in the subject and keep your mind active
Every Thursday
The Scarlett Pearmain Room!
4pm till 5pm


Afternoon Tea and Activities for carers and their loved ones
Wednesday 21st February
The Lord Derby Room!
2pm till 4pm


Monthly Gift is an initiative started by Congleton Women’s Forum to support other women in Congleton.
The unfair taxation on women’s products and the economic struggles women in our community face today, means women are having to choose between feeding their children or buying proper women’s health products.
Congleton Women’s Forum believe that no woman should have to choose between feeding her children and her own health. We are supplying women’s hygiene products free of charge to all women in Congleton.
For further information contact Sue Munro on 07534 510841




Come along to this fabulous evening of Traditional Irish food, drink, music, fun and laughter!
Friday 16th March 2018
Arrive at 6.30pm
Dinner at 7pm
£10 per head

Bookings are available from Thursday 15th February 2018

To secure a place and to avoid disappointment, please contact Alex, Cafe Manager


Thank you for all your continued support.
Love The Old Saw Mill family! xxx

Contact us:
Cafe Manager 
Alex Bannister 01260 277658
General Enquires 
Peter Aston 07971805372
Room Hire, Marketing, Membership, Facebook and E-Mill
Michelle Stevens 01260 277658
Apples and Marketing 
Dewi Jones 07554990403
Apples, Buildings and Maintenance 
Peter Ranson 07717003847






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Congleton Sustainability Group meeting minutes 05.02.18

Congleton Sustainability Group meeting took place recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Dane Valley Community Energy.
Environmental agency water extraction out for consultation.
Planning application about to go in.
Still a little behind preferred time line.
Fundraising and civil engineer looks likely to be autumn this year with power generation late winter / early spring 2019.
Copy of the plan issued with these minutes.


The Old Saw Mill.
Royal Visit.
A very successful and enjoyable event which has certainly lifted the profile of the Old saw Mill and generated some new visitors. Congratulations to all involved.

Apple Juice and Cider
Production has now finished. In stock 195 Bottles Cider and 1112 bottles of Apple Juice.
Cider Vinegar close to being launched.
Chutneys and preserves are now being produced at OSM.
Dewi Jones circulated a report MS to send out with the minutes.
Looks as though this will produce £406 for CSG project funds.


Next Meeting:-
Mon 5th March 2018 , The Old Saw Mill ,10.00am

Projects & Finance Committee meeting minutes 29.01.18

Congleton Partnership Projects and Finance committee meeting took place recently, download the full meeting minutes HERE.

Highlights include:

Project  Update.




Planning permission granted with conditions.

D.McGifford / M.Smith to follow up some funding ideas.

J.Carter / M.Pickford to work om Tendering Paper

MS contact various groups for support of the project.


Public Realm Strategy.


Weekly bulletins regularly sent out. Need to do our own snagging operation. Pull together a small subgroup to include G.Williams. D McGifford to discuss with G.Williams.

Report to be drawn up and sent to Councillors /Partnership.


Leisure Centre.


Quotes are all in and a contract is about to be awarded. Work should start later this year.


Link Road.


95% Land agreements obtained, could break ground late 2018, or Jan 2019.


The Mills.


Going through leasing process of carpark. Time limit imposed by CEBC to start of development.


No contact for us with Scarborough.

Please download the minutes for more project updates.

Date and Time of the next meeting.

Monday 19th March 2018 The Spencer Suite , 9.30am