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.
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