Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, visited The Old Saw Mill in Congleton, Cheshire last month – a community hub that was created as a space to foster links within the community, house vital local services and provide activities that bring people together.
During the Royal visit, Charles and Camilla met volunteers from several groups based at The Old Saw Mill, including Meals on Wheels; Women’s Refuge; Rossendale Trust; Knit and Natters and Crafters; and the Christmas Day lunch team.
Housing such a wide range of services all in one place makes The Old Saw Mill an invaluable part of the town’s social fabric. Many of the charities and activities at the centre revolve around a central mission of helping socially isolated people to build new relationships.
During the event, Peter Aston, the Founding Director of The Old Saw Mill, said that they were “honoured that Charles and Camilla came to visit The Old Saw Mill to find out about the work we’re doing in the local community”. Peter added that they were “really interested in the wide range of services that we provide” and about “our central mission of helping socially isolated people in our area”.
Sustainable Apple Juice and Cider
Another key aspect of The Old Saw Mill is its apple and cider making space, which is part of Congleton Apple Juice and Ciders, a sustainability project that takes unwanted local apples and processes them into a number of thirst quenching drinks.
Nearby resin flooring manufacturer, Flowcrete, has been helping to support this work by donating a floor that would provide The Old Saw Mill’s juice and cider activities with a reliable, industrial-grade finish on which to turn unwanted ingredients into much sought-after produce in a fantastically environmentally friendly manner.
A robust resin floor was ideal for the type of fermenting, distilling and bottling work that the volunteers would be undertaking on site, as it would maintain a flawless finish despite the impacts, chemicals, point loading and spillages that it would inevitably be exposed to.
The Flowcrete Group marketing team has also been providing free marketing support to help The Old Saw Mill with a number of branding, communication and digital campaigns.
Giving back to the community in this way is a very important part of Flowcrete’s ethos. Craig Brookes, President of Flowcrete Group Ltd., said that Charles and Camilla’s visit was “a fantastic endorsement of a local charity that we all really believe in and we’re absolutely delighted that it has been recognised in this way”.