Another successful day for Chailey Repair Cafe

Chailey Repair Café had another successful day at their March café, with more than 100 visitors.

62 repairs were attempted – the vast majority successfully – including several laptop computers, a beautiful antique wooden box, hoovers, toasters, two DVD players, a leaf blower, a fork handle (no, not four candles!) several china/pottery items and a range of clothing and fabric repairs.

The Café is now able to offer visitors the opportunity to identify and order hard to find spare parts via their new Internet link, as well as researching repair options.

Founder and coordinator Bryan McAlley said: “Our new internet spares ordering facility was big hit and was being used not just to order spares on the spot but also to check out how to fix things – just what we hoped for….”. Bryan added: “It was great morning’s work by our skilled volunteers – amazingly we now have 34, with another 3 in the pipeline!”

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 13th April and then on the second Saturday of each month. Look out for them at Chailey Bonfire Society’s St Georges Day Fete on 20th April!

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