Congleton Sustainability Group Meeting Minutes 4.04.16

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

Highlights include:

In Bloom- P.Pinto

Next Clean for the Queen event Wednesday 6th April, 9.30am to 1.00pm.

-Litter Picking

– Weeding, pruning etc

Bath House Physic Garden group awarded £10k by the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

Patti has spent another day with an RHS judge to both walk the route and pick up tips.

In Bloom launch. Town centre 16th April 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Britain In Bloom judging day confirmed as Monday 8th August.


Dane Valley Community Energy-Havannah Hydro.


Feasibility study continues, should know results this month.

PA / GW met with EBA who were keen to be involved in any way they could.

Siemens also indicated interest around supporting the capital equipment requirement as they as a company manufacture these items. If the report is positive then DVCE will need to look at financing for the project.


Community Orchard – First edible hedgerow (currant bushes) planted, second one to be done next few days. 7th/8th May Apple Care to be carved, MS to discuss signage with CEBC (Genni Butler) then let Astbury Mere Trust know of proposed plans.


Meeting closed at 12.03pm.

Next Meeting:- Monday 9th May – Plus Dane Boardroom.

CONGLETON SUSTAINABILITY GROUP gets a home of its own in Back River Street

Congleton Apple Juice and Ciders has been looking for a home for its projects, ideally in Congleton Town Centre. Happily, we have found just the right place – the Old Saw Mill in Back River Street, off Antrobus Street.

There is lots and lots of work to do but we plan by late Spring to have facilities emerging for much needed workshops, cafe, shop, and community space – all very exciting.

river street congleton


Workshops to make and store our internationally acclaimed Congleton Apple Juice and Ciders. A Shop to sell it from, along with other local produce and crafts. A Cafe to sample it all AND Community Space because there are so many groups struggling to find space in the town and surrounds – all for a nominal fee.
We envisage the Community Space providing a meeting place for groups and charities struggling to find the right space and facilities. Our vision is for it to be a space that can celebrate all that’s best in Congleton & surrounds. A venue where local talent can come and exhibit its skills and a place where everyone feels part of the “goings-on” –
youth and senior youth alike – something for everyone!

Congleton Sustainability Group are forming Congleton Community Co-Op to manage the Old Saw Mill and, soon, everyone will be able to join this new – very local – cooperative for an annual subscription and become a member receiving a “divi” of 3%. We shall be publishing further information on this exciting opportunity in due course.

We are holding an ‘Old Saw Mill’ Open Days over the weekend of 16 and 17 Apr. 2016, 10:00am to 3:00pm to show you what we are planning to do. We shall be providing free teas and coffees to anyone who signs up to be a Congleton Community Co-Op member over the weekend.
This is a very exciting Community initiative where everyone can get involved and benefit from it and we welcome your input in whatever way you can. For further information, contact, either, Stewart Halliday on 07710 946 053 or
Peter Aston on 07971 805 372. We look forward to meeting you all!