Archive for March, 2018

First Blackdown Hills Repair Cafe

Last Saturday 24th March, the Blackdown Hills Transition Group held their first Repair Cafe in Hemyock Memorial hall from 10am to 12 noon. The concept of  the Repair Cafe comes from Holland where the inaugural event was held in Amsterdam, on October 18th, 2009.  The principle is that rather than throw broken items into landfill, people bring these things to be repaired or mended thus giving them new life.

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A dozen people volunteered their time to do the repairing. Two did sewing repairs, another repaired computers.

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People repaired bicycles, woodwork, electrical items, garden tools, leather work and upholstery for example.

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Many items were repaired in the two hours and 50 people turned up including the local MP.  Neil took the photos and generally helped with the administration .

The morning was a great success, so much so that another Repair Cafe is going to take place on Saturday 26th May in the same hall. So if you have something that needs mending you know where to come.

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People stuck in the snow become unexpected guests

IMG_20180301_164715On Thursday afternoon there was a red alert for snow in Devon and Somerset.  And did the snow come down, it was thick and fast, and before we knew we were knee deep in snow and drifts.

We got a call from a couple stuck in the snow on the A303 on a hill behind a lorry that couldn’t make it up the hill.  They asked if we had a room for the night and we said we did.  It wasn’t until about 7pm (after they had been stuck for over 6 hours and realised they were going nowhere that night) that they walked up the hill to our junction with the A303. Neil got suitably attired and plodded through the snow to meet them and walk them back to our house.  They were truly grateful to be in the warm and the first thing we did was make them a cup of tea.

Normally our guests would go to the local pub for evening meals but there was no way they were going to do that in the bad weather, so a I rustled up some dinner for them and we all ate together.

The next day after breakfast they togged themselves up and went back to their abandoned car to see if they could dig themselves out.  They managed to move their car a couple of 100 yards but couldn’t go any further as the A303 was still blocked and shut.

They realised they would have to stay another night.  This time I made a meat and veg chilli for us all and they shared their bottle of Cava with us to make it nice evening.

The couple had been talking to the Police who told them that snowploughs and gritters would be out all night clearing the A303 so they should be OK on Saturday morning. They duly kitted themselves out for the snow, waved us goodbye and trudged back to their car and were able to make their way slowly home.

We spent more time with them than normal B&B guests so it felt like we had made new friends.

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