The volunteer-run pop up Repair Shop will be back open for business on Saturday 25 May at the Tavistock Community Centre and they’d love to fix your broken toasters, bent bikes and battered teddies.
Open from noon til 4pm, the volunteer Fixers are looking forward to helping you mend your broken electricals, clothes, textiles, toys, bikes, gardening equipment and more. Booking is essential and can be done at their eventbrite page here.
The May event will see the introduction of free classes to help you learn the basics of repair, from bike maintenance to mending clothes
Karen, one of the repair shop’s seamstresses, will run workshops showing the basics of hand sewing, perfect for adults and families to learn how to start making repairs on their clothes.
Karen, having spent many years in the fashion industry, says: “I am very keen to pass on some of the simple sewing tips that will help people to extend the life of their favourite clothes.
“We will start at the beginning, with threading a needle, and by the end of the workshop we will make something useful to take home!’
Sessions with the resident bike boffin, Simon, are now fully booked, but the team will be running them again at future events.
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The Repair Shop’s last fixing afternoon saw 73kg of waste diverted from landfill. If you have something you’d like help with fixing, just book in and bring it along on the day. You will have free expert help, but are welcome to give a donation to help the events keep running.
Back by popular demand is their art and craft materials Swop table, run by resident Teddy Doctor, Helen. Visitors are welcome to donate any old craft materials and help themselves to anything on the table.
“Following our last event we saw leftover materials donated to play groups, Bromham Hobbies Group (who knit for charity), Bromham Mill’s craft table, and Lulu’s Fight charity,” said organiser, Katie Churchill.