To ensure we are ready for the launch of Repair Cafe Weymouth on 11 May 2019 we had a trial run for friends and family of volunteers on 13 April. We set up volunteer repairers at the right tables, introduced them to the key organisers, gave them freshly printed name tags, explained processes and safety, whizzed them outside for a group photo and then it was 10:30, time to start.
Some items that were repaired:
- secateurs sharpened
- advice about a new i-phone battery
- clothes altered
- a cracked freezer box glued
- a carpet washer than needed a new cable
- a bicycle
- a lawnmower that needed its blades sharpening
- some sound equipment that needed soldering
- a sewing machine to be set up properly and a bit of tuition
- an iron
- a toaster
- a clock
- magnifying mirror
- 3D spectacles to be glued
Repairer Steve Fox said ”I haven’t stopped all morning”
It was a fantastic morning, with all these items being saved from landfill or languishing at the back of cupboards. For a small donation people have prevented the need for buying new, and the related environmental impact of producing and transporting these new goods. Visitors also picked up tips on how to make repairs on their own.
Jill Hirons ”Garden shears, sewing machine and child’s bike sorted and donation made. Thanks guys, what a fantastic venture – got to be the way forward. Protect our planet, repair and re-use. Don’t just buy new!”
Maggie Stansfield who had her jeans taken in said ”It was a friendly and efficient service and I picked up tips to do similar on my own”
We needed more volunteers who could do sewing. We have a few already but for the first few Repair Cafe events, they will be fully occupied with organising. My prayers were answered and on the morning after the Trial Run, we had a lady who could do sewing and jewellery repairs including silversmithing, offering her services via Facebook message! If any other people with repairing skills would like to volunteer their skills, please get in touch. The more repairs we can make the better. It’s the generosity of the community in volunteering their services that has kept me fired with the passion to get this initiative up and running.
Repair Cafe Weymouth will launch to the public on 11 May 10:30 until 12:30 at the Palm House Café, Weymouth. We hope to see you there.