Chailey Repair Cafe Expands

Chailey Repair Café had their most successful day yet on September 14th, which saw people queuing outside the hall a full 45 minutes before they opened and the car park overflowing.

With nearly 160 people passing through the doors and nearly 90 repairs attempted, a bit of expansion is called for!

Founder and Coordinator Bryan McAlley said “We have been seriously flattered by the level of support and interest we have generated in just over a year of operation, and are now finding ways to make the event as comfortable and enjoyable for everybody. We will now park all the volunteers’ cars near the entrance to free up the main car park for our visitors, and we have now expanded the use of the space so that two of our teams will be in the annexes off the main hall. The effect will be that the Café will hopefully feel far less crowded!”

Bryan added “We have been asked whether we would consider moving to larger premises outside the village, but from the beginning this has been a Chailey initiative supported by the Parish Council and local people, and we’re not about to take it elsewhere!”

The Café now has 38 volunteers who have attempted to repair over 700 items in the past year. It now has a substantial stock of specialist tools and spare parts and if it is unable to find the part required can order it on the spot via the café’s own internet link and fit it when it arrives; 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

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