Tattenhall’s first repair cafe will be held on Sunday 31st July in Barbour Institute from 10am – 12noon.

A repair cafe has more emphasis on the repair than the cafe, though there will be tea, coffee and biscuits. At a repair cafe, talented volunteers aim to do simple repairs to household goods that would otherwise be thrown away into landfill, and need to be replaced with purchased, new appliances increasing the consumption of materials and energy.

The repairs need not be particularly technical, just something that, because of lack of equipment, tools or maybe confidence people do not want to try themselves.

We are only looking to repair low value items. Repairs that would be done be tradespeople or professional repairers are probably not for us, so that would exclude white goods, probably software fixes on computers

But if you have an item that needs a repair we can look at it – broken furniture, broken tools, clothing that needs repairing (new buttons/zips or a tear mended), toys that need fixing, we can sharpen kitchen knives, woodworking tools and garden tools. Electrical equipment will get a PAT test before and after repair.

Either bring along your item on Sunday 31st, or get in touch beforehand at tattenhall.repair.cafe@gmail.com. We will let you know if we think we can help. The process is free, but a donation would be nice, and similarly we cannot promise to fix it, just to do our best. If parts are needed you must supply them yourself, we’ll tell you what is needed.

We have a team of committed and skilled volunteers willing to give up a Sunday morning to make this work, so please support them – bring us your broken stuff that needs fixing – we’ll do our best to get it working, to save an item from going to landfill, and to save you having to buy new.