Come to the Repair Cafe!

Don’t throw things away if they can be repaired! That’s the message of Stratford’s first-ever Repair Café which is taking place next Saturday 28 March as part of the Warwickshire Week of Thrift.

Repair Cafes are places where you can get things repaired, find out how to do repairs yourself, and have fun as well as coffee and cake! Since the first Repair Café opened in Amsterdam in October 2009, hundreds have been run around the world – showing people how simple repairs can give things a new lease of life.

The Stratford Repair Café will be held in the Ken Kennett Centre on Justins Avenue, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 0DA from 11.00 am – 3.00pm on Saturday 28 March. There will be volunteer repairers on hand with expertise in sewing, knife sharpening, simple electrical and woodwork repairs, and general household repairs. All repairs will be carried out free, though owners may be asked to pay for new parts if these are needed.

“Too often we throw things away if they stop working when a simple repair might keep things going for a long time to come,” says Tanya Butchers of Transition Stratford, who has been organising the event. “A Repair Café offers simple repairs for free as well as showing owners how things might be fixed in the future. There’s also an opportunity to learn and to meet with others over a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade cake.”

A Repair Café is not a substitute for a professional repairer, says Tanya. “If the repair is beyond the capacity of our volunteer repairers, we’ll try to advise where it might be fixed,” she said. “The Repair Café is not competing with specialist repair businesses: in fact we want to encourage people to use local professionals. That’s why Transition Stratford has compiled a list of local repair businesses which will be available free at the Repair Café.”

For more information about the Repair Café, contact Transition Stratford on 01789 298503.