Birdsong and a robot at the May Chailey Repair Café!

Chailey  Repair Café   had another  successful day  when they opened for business on Saturday May 11th  , with more than 100 visitors and nearly 90 repairs attempted, including everything from  a synthesizer, which was coaxed into birdsong and a magnificent toy robot, which was encouraged to spring back into life.

Founder and coordinator Bryan McAlley said: “ We appear to be attracting visitors from far afield now, including parts of Kent where so far they don’t have a Repair Café – we also have welcomed  visitors who are thinking of setting up one in their home  area and wanted to see what goes on”

Bryan added “We are now seeing a wide range of items being brought to us for repair – this time we looked at a camera, some adjustable dumbbell weights, an overlocking  sewing machine ( a complicated beast!), a child’s car seat, a car battery charger, a barometer, several items of clothing  and much more.”

Chailey Repair Café is part of a  world-wide movement where volunteer experts repair things free of charge – although a donation towards running costs is invited. Anyone can bring along broken items or clothing needing repair from home, and have a cuppa and some  cake while they wait!

Chailey Repair Café  next opens at Chailey Village  Hall (next to the Five Bells Pub) 10am – 1pm on Saturday  8th June  and Saturday  13th July     and then on the second Saturday of each month.   

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