Archive for January, 2019

Repair café Hemyock

On Saturday we went across to Hemyock to the Repair Café run by the Blackdown Hills Transition Group.  It’s such a good idea, bringing broken things to be repaired rather than throwing them away.  This particular café marks the 6th one the Transition group has held, over the duration of a year.  It has gone from strength to strength with more repairers and more people than ever turning up with stuff to be repaired.

Whilst waiting for their items to be repaired, people could avail themselves of a bacon buttie or cake with coffee and tea.  It becomes very social with people sitting around talking to each other whilst they wait.

Repair cafes started in Holland but the idea has spread very quickly.  Most of us old enough to remember, will know our parents used to repair items rather than throw them away, but recently manufacturers have been making stuff that is difficult to repair, and they would rather you went and bought a new one and threw the old one away.  This is no good for the environment and as an organisation the Transition group is about finding ways to reduce waste and keep things out of landfill.

There was bicycle repairs, electrical repairs, computer and furniture repairs, sewing, knife sharpening, watches and clock repairs, and upcycling of items. Additionally there were a variety of tools for sale that had been donated. It was busy, busy, busy and became quite difficult to park!  The Repair Café is a huge success now and will continue every other month in Hemyock, but we are trying to get them going in other parts of the Blackdown Hills too.

Come and stay with us and visit the Repair Café. http://www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

 

 

 

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Zandra Rhodes – 50 years of fashion

Last night we went to the Beehive in Honiton for a talk and fashion parade on the clothes of Zandra Rhodes.  It was a humorous and enlightening talk by a lady called Claire Branfield who was an avid collector of Zandra Rhodes fashion.

The first half was the talk and Claire produced garment after garment from her suitcase like Mary Poppins producing things from her carpet bag.  She explained the history behind each piece and it’s approximate age, and picked out detail to explain to us such as bead work or pearls.

After the interval various garments were modelled by some of Claire’s friends and staff of the Beehive and Claire made the commentary on each piece.

It was a fascinating talk and show and well worth going.

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