The Tideswell & District Repair Café opened its doors in May 2022. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, with over 350 local people attending to see if their much-loved items can be restored by our volunteer repair team and thus saved from the dump.
We have used the international data base of restarters (https://restarters.net/fixometer) to calculate the positive environmental impact the Repair Cafe has generated. Over the nine events held so far, we have saved the same amount of emissions as driving for over 16,000 miles, with 450 hours of volunteer time.
We have also had some lovely comments left in our visitors’ books:
“Thank you for helping. Lovely friendly vibe. I’ll be back.”
“Full marks to the Repair Café. Wonderful service from very friendly people. Good to see environmentally friendly practice taking place in our village. Must mention the excellent lemon drizzle cake, it made waiting a joy”.
“Thank you, hopefully get a bit longer use out of the vacuum!”
“Fantastic as always.! A new item broke too quickly but fixed in no time.”
“Brilliant! Not a complicated job on a much-loved clock but it needed expert eyes to get it going again. Excellent cheese scone too!”
“Friendly and helpful advice”
The Repair Café has repairers who can mend and give advice with electrical items, bikes, sewing machines, textiles (clean), items for sharpening, furniture, clocks and more. You are encouraged to sit alongside while the repairer takes a look, so you can learn how to mend things as well. They can also help you to source any spare parts you may need.
The Repair Café is held every third Saturday in the month (except for December and August), from 10am-1pm. Have a look at our main Repair Café page, if you’d like more information on how it all works.