Repair Cafe – News

A vacuum cleaner was amongst the 19 electrical items brought into the Blackdown Hills Repair Café recently which, apparently, hadn’t been working properly for some time.  On close inspection, one of our five electrical volunteers was able to pinpoint the problem – the dustbag was blocked!  So it’s not always a major problem that confronts our electrical team, sometimes it can be a simple one which could, perhaps, save an item from being discarded to landfill as “broken”.

Our team of 36 volunteer repairers now includes a clock and watch specialist who was kept pretty busy at his first event.  Another new feature was our table of unwanted tools.  One of our tool repairers had been given a couple of boxes of them only days beforehand, and we put them on show for people to help themselves, for a small donation.  So, if you have any unwanted tools, please let us know – we can collect them in advance, ensure they are “roadworthy” and offer them at our next Repair Café.

And a group of the seamstresses (no seamsters, yet!) are “plotting” to introduce a re-purposing/upcycling section where items which have passed their sell-by date for their original use can be given a new lease of life as something else.  For example, part of an old tent was turned into a waterproof dog jacket!  All ideas – and materials – gratefully received, so let’s get creative…..

Bacon butties will again be joining the array of delicious home-made cakes and scones at our next Repair Café on Saturday, 26th January, 2019, from 10am – 12 noon-ish, at Hemyock Parish Hall, so do pop in, if not with something that needs fixing then just to find out more about how the Repair Café works……and for a spot of breakfast!  For more information, please contact, or 01823 602 908 or find us on Facebook at RepairCafeBlackdowns.