[G]et a free fix for your broken goods at Alston Moor’s new Repair Café on Saturday 7 July, or just drop in for a chat over coffee and a cake.
Volunteers will be standing by to fix everything from holes in sweaters to vacuums that have given up the ghost. It’s the first of four of these sociable sessions over the next year, funded by Cumbria County Council and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
“We’ve all got things languishing in the back of the cupboard or lying in the garage that need a repair, but sometimes it can be tricky to find someone to fix them and it can be costly, too,” said Roe Baker from Cumbria Action for Sustainability, who’s running the café on behalf of Alston Moor Partnership.
“That’s why repair cafés are becoming so popular around the country, as well as here in Cumbria. They’re such a fantastic way to keep things from being thrown out when they have a lot of life left in them.”
The Alston Moor Repair Café volunteers will have a go at fixing electricals, textiles, electronics, IT and software, plumbing and mechanical goods.
“Our appeal for volunteers had a really good response and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s agreed to help out,” Roe said. “We’re still building a pool of volunteers, so anyone else who’s interested should get in touch.”
The café is also about passing on skills, and the Alston one will have a craft station where you can make your own draught excluder, thanks to a helping hand from crafty volunteers and using donated fabric.
“It could well come in handy during any summer storms that come along, as well as getting ready for winter,” Roe said.
The cafe wouldn’t live up to its name without tea and cake, and Roe would still like to hear from any local groups who’d like to run the tea station, keeping donations for their organisation.
“Our venue for the first Repair Café will be Samuel Kings School in Alston, and I’m grateful to them for offering to host us and open up their design and technology rooms on a Saturday for us,” Roe said.
Future repair cafes will be held at different venues across Alston Moor, including Nenthead and Garrigill.
Entry to the repair café is free and it runs from 10am to 1pm. If you want to find out more, contact Roe: [email protected] or 01768 210276.