Repair Cafés in Eden

Submitted by chris on Tue, 11/04/2017 - 15:50

How can we make the best use of the resources we've go on this earth? Here at Freegle we're keen to help you pass on any unwanted items to others so that they can make use of them when you no longer need them. However, often the problem is quite simple: your chair is wobbly or jumper has got a hole in – they need fixing!

Getting something fixed might mean returning it under guarantee or getting it repaired under your house insurance. However many things won't be covered like this. Don't give up! Help is at hand – read on...

Fix it at a repair Café
Fix it at a repair Café

There are two new Repair Cafes starting in Eden District in Cumbria:

  • in Penrith at the Old Fire Station. More details from Eden Arts.

    • Saturday 22nd April 2017 from 10am to 1pm
    • Saturday 24nd June 2017 from 10am to 1pm
    • Saturday 26th August 2017 from 10am to 1pm
  • At Kirkby Stephen Local Links on

    • Wednesday 3 May 2017 from 2pm to 4pm. More details.
    • Wednesday 7 June 2017 from 2pm to 4pm. More details.
    • Wednesday 5 July 2017 from 2pm to 4pm. More details.
    • Wednesday 6 September 2017 from 2pm to 4pm.
    • Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 2pm to 4pm.
    • Wednesday 1 November 2017 from 2pm to 4pm.

Both these events may be repeated every month – if there's enough interest – and enough helpers to make it happen.

There is also a Repair Cafe at The Pavilion in Staveley near Kendal:

  • Friday 1st September 2017 4pm - 7pm

Various experts will be on hand to make repairs free of charge. You can watch and learn – or simply use the tools and materials to do the repair yourself. So, please bring along any broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery... anything that is broken is welcome, and can more than likely be repaired.

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 on 01768 899444 or email info@edenarts.co.uk – or come along to Kirkby Stephen Community Arts on Monday 24 April at 2pm to help with the planning.

If you can't make it on these days, keep your eyes peeled for future events. An alternative is get involved at Ernie's Shed at Learning Fields at Hoff near Appleby – they may be able to fix your item for you for a modest fee.

If you think Repair Cafes are a good idea, why not suggest this for the Penrith Town neighbourhood plan. They are open to suggestions until 1st May 2017 here: http://www.penrithtowncouncil.co.uk/neighbourhood-plan/consultation/

Finally, here's three short films to tell you what it's all about...

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