Chailey Repair Cafe celebrates its first birthday

One of this year’s most successful local initiatives celebrated 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. More than 120 people came to Chailey Village Hall on 10th August to join the celebrations – and get their broken items  repaired!

Founder and Coordinator Bryan McAlley said “It was a quite remarkable way to celebrate our first year, with the hall packed solid, people queueing out of the door and the car park overflowing! We attempted an astonishing 85 repairs in 3 hours!! Our visitors included County, District and Parish councillors most of whom had brought items  to be fixed.”

Bryan added “I am seriously humbled by the support, encouragement and generosity of the local community and am so grateful to our 37 volunteers for all their hard work and good humour. When we opened Chailey Repair Café a  year ago, we were the 66th in the UK – a year later there are 128, so I think we are in a growth industry!” 

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 10 – 1pm  on the second Saturday of each month at Chailey Village Hall on the A275 next to the Five Bells pub.

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