Chris tells us how his first Repair Cafe went: trying to fix electrical items including a TV/DVD player, two toasters, two digital cameras, a light and a vacuum cleaner. It was a useful learning experience, and he's made a list of the tools he brought and might be needed. Who knows what will be brought in next time!
Two Repair Cafés are starting up in Eden District soon: in Penrith on Saturday 22nd April 2017 and at Kirkby Stephen on Wednesday 3 May 2017. If you've got a broken toaster, a jumper with a hole in or a bike thatneeds fixing, please bring it along and hopefully get it fixed for free.
If you are handy with a screwdriver, a spanner, a sewing machine, or anything else and want to share your skills then get in touch with Eden Arts or Kirkby Stephen Community Arts.
The lovely weather brought out a great community spirit on Saturday at the Old Fire Station in Penrith where Freegle and PACT (Penrith Action for Community Transition) laid on an event where where visitors could give away unwanted items to each other and swap seeds, plants, trees and tools.
The day got off to a brisk start with Luka and family picking up a free trampoline before the event had officially opened. Loads more Freegle items, big and small, came and went: everything from Sean the sheep to a child's bike to a sofa – we weren't taking furniture but someone wanted it so it went!