Reducing Consumption

  • How you can support the Repair Cafe

    You might have heard about our aim to open Repair Cafe in Tattenhall.  A repair cafe is a pop-up (ours will be in Barbour Institute) where volunteers fix your household equipment which might otherwise get thrown away. Repair cafes are not unusual, they are popping up all over the country and we think it’s time Tattenhall had one. 

    This is for simple repairs on generally low value equipment where a professional repair is not needed, or cost effective – think broken chair leg, ripped cushion, broken kettle lid etc.

    Repairs will be free but there will be a cost in doing this. It will cost nearly £2000 over a year for 12 events, but with set-up costs like insurance the first event will cost more than the rest. 

    Transition Tattenhall have applied for funding from Cheshire West & Chester Council. We have applied via Spacehive, the crowd funding scheme CWAC uses to part fund well supported community projects.

    So, to be successful we have to demonstrate that this project has support, and this is where you can help us.  You can ‘Like’ our project on Spacehive and pledge financial support from as little as £2. 

    Our first milestone is 9th May when CWAC will select projects to move on to the next round based on how good they are and how well supported the project is – we’ll need as many supporters as we can find.

    So please support us, ‘Like’ our Spacehive project and pledge if you are able – you can find our page here; 

    Tattenhall Repair Cafe  

    Transition Tattenhall are pleased to say that Tattenhall Parish Council is supporting our Repair Cafe with a grant of £500. This is much appreciated and a welcome show of confidence.

  • Repair Cafe

    One of the first projects we will be running is a Repair Cafe or Facility in Tattenhall.
    What is a Repair Cafe?
    The purpose of a Repair Cafe is to repair equipment or machines that would otherwise get thrown away. The equipment gets fixed, stuck together, sharpened or advice given on parts needed.  It can be anything portable – household electrical, furniture, clothes, textiles, garden tools, bicycles. All fixed for free or a small cost.

    Repair cafes stop waste, reduce consumption, and build community links. Usually they are pop-ups, maybe one day/month.
    Clearly we are starting from nothing, there are many details to be settled, and things to do.  If you’d like to be involved and help get this off the ground please drop an email to transition.tattenhall@gmail.com

    There will be a zoom meeting for everyone interested to meet and decide what to do next – Tuesday 8th March in the evening with a link being sent out closer to the date. 

    Hope you can join us

    Here are some links to some existing repair cafes in the local area

    Congleton Repair Cafe

    Birchwood Repair Cafe

    Shropshire Repair Cafes

    Transition Buxton’s Repair Cafe