Chailey Repair Cafe to celebrate it first birthday

One of this year’s most successful local initiatives celebrates its first birthday on 10th August.

Chailey Repair Café, is part of the world-wide movement where volunteer experts repair things free of charge, (donations are invited to cover running costs).

They opened their doors for the first time on August 11th 2018 and now have 37 volunteers who have repaired over 500 items in the past 12 months.

Founder and Coordinator Bryan McAlley said “Nobody, least of all me, had any idea how successful this venture would become when we cautiously opened last August. We have been fortunate to have had the support of the local community, the Parish Council and our local MP, who visited us last October. Our success is due in no small part to our amazingly talented volunteers, who have successfully repaired food processers , clocks (including a cuckoo clock!) a model Spitfire airplane, some beautiful Victorian lamps, radios and record players, laptop computers, bicycles and lawnmowers, a huge range of clothing of all shapes and sizes and so much more.”

Bryan added “we have concluded that East Sussex folks must get through huge quantities of toast – if the number of broken toasters we have repaired is anything to go by. We recently dismantled a toaster to find a large deceased bumble bee inside it! The toaster is now fine, which is more than can be said for the bumble bee…..!”

Chailey Repair Café is one of the first in the country to offer an on the spot spares ordering service – if your broken appliance needs spare parts, they will order them online for you and fit them when they arrive; you only pay for the parts.

The café opens from 1000 – 1300hrs on the second Saturday of each month at Chailey Village Hall on the A275 next to the Five Bells pub. For more information, contact them at chaileyrc@gmail.com