A record opening for Chailey Repair Cafe

Chailey  Repair Café  celebrated  their largest attendance  since they  opened last August, with more than 120 visitors  from 22  different  Sussex and Kent towns and villages.

86 repairs attempted – the vast majority successfully –  including a battery charger, a cuckoo clock, a model Spitfire airplane,  two  beautiful Victorian lamps, a set of walkie talkies, several laptop computers, some bikes and a range of  clothing  and fabric repairs.

Founder and coordinator Bryan McAlley said:  ”We continue to be humbled and amazed by the extent of the interest in the service we are providing the community. We now have 33 volunteers, whose skills in tackling almost anything brought to us never ceases to astound me”. Bryan added “We are now beginning to stock spares for  many items, so that we can complete repairs on the day, and plan to offer internet access at the café to enable those hard to find spare parts to be tracked down”

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  9th March  and then on the second Saturday of each month.   

Want  to know  more?  Contact  them   at chaileyrc@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

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