Making progress October’s Repair Cafe

When we first heard about Repair Cafe Weymouth, I offered to make the tea and Judy offered to be a gofer. If we knew then, what we know now, would we have opened our mouths? Well yes, actually!  We had no idea what we were letting ourselves in for, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

1960's music box

This 1960’s music box from Singapore was brought in for repair. It had previously been over wound. The Rickshaw, Tree and Lace all needed gluing. Now it is fixed, the Rickshaw wheels turn while Swan Lake plays.

‘Thank you Phil, so happy to have the music box working. Very happy memories the box holds for me, it is well loved’ Jayne Fletcher

At the October event, a day when the heavens opened, we still had 71 items come through the door. We had two new volunteers, Maggie and Dee helping more people to fill out registration forms. Myself, Bernie, Steve and Jose, facilitated the electrical team as a new role which reduced wait times and no one was turned anyone. 

‘Thank you Robert for fixing my granddaughter’s reading light, she is very pleased and thankful’ ­- Jacqui Gisborne

Lisa visited from Dorchester Repair Café which has started on the last Sunday of each month at  Sunninghill Community Center, (behind the prep school), South Court, South Walks, DT1 1EB.  You will see some of our fantastic volunteers there too.

We have a fantastic sewing team, with manual and sewing machine skills, to deal with anything from a button on your favourite shirt, mending a pocket, fixing a zip to upholstering your favourite foot stool. They needed more repairs at this event, but enjoyed the camaraderie.

Jim Hadwyn's ornate wooden clock

We also witnessed a charming visitor with his dog and historic clock. It belonged to the last coastguard at Osmington Mills – Jim Hadwyn, who had died a year ago, in his 90’s. He was a fireman before he was a coastguard. His neighbour called on him a lot in his latter years. When he died, she saved the clock as it was going to be thrown and gave it to Kevin our visitor. He wanted it fixed, to return it as a gift. 

He will try to come next month on 9th November when a more experienced Clock repairer will be with us.  We hope it gets fixed – what a fantastic Christmas present that would make.

December’s event will be on the first Saturday of the month, 7th December as on the second weekend 14th-15th December the Palm House are holding its first ever Victorian Christmas Fayre with Santa’s workshop – where some of our volunteers will be repairing toys! If you have any old fashioned looking or wooden toys that need repairing, contact the Palm House about taking them in in advance so they can be repaired in Santa’s workshop.

By Judy Luffman and Bernie Searle