Archive for February, 2020

The Big Fix, nation wide Repair Café 15th Feb 2020

Yesterday we took part in the Big Fix, a nation wide movement of repair cafes to try and repair the highest number of items yet.  Repair Cafes are growing, about 78 in the UK now, and yesterday we were open longer than usual from 10am to 4pm to really put Repair, Reuse and Recycle on the map, and prevent many items and Carbon, going into Land Fill.20200215_110924

Neil was on electrical and Dyson repairs and I was the waitress going round all the volunteers and making sure they were kept well nourished and hydrated.  We also had a café in another room where tea, coffee, cakes, bacon butties, and soup were on sale to all the people bringing in items to repair, whilst they were waiting.DSC03751

We had the highest number of volunteer repairers since the Blackdown Hills Repair Café opened over 2 years ago in Hemyock, and a wide number of skills, from computer repairs, guitar and violin repairs, to furniture repairs and sewing – 5 ladies brought in their sewing machines.

Across the other side of the room were all the electrical repairers and knife sharpeners and bicycle repairers.  The morning was very busy, in spite of Storm Dennis and the pouring rain, which doesn’t seem to have put people off.

A terrific effort by all involved and great fun to be part of.

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