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New cafe offers a stitch in time

Evesham Editorial 3rd Jul, 2014 Updated: 12 hours ago

HELP will be at hand when Evesham launches its new Repair Cafe next week.

The scheme will help people with repairs on all kinds of items and will be held at ImaGine in the town’s Market Square next Saturday, July 12 between 10am and 12midday.

A team of electricians, seamstresses and other specialists will be on hand to fix items such as toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery and much more.

The scheme in Evesham, which originally started in Amsterdam in 2010, is being run by Transition Evesham Vale and organisers hope to run sessions each month at the community meeting place.

A similar Repair Cafe was launched in Malvern more than a year ago and since then has been successful.

In their first year more than 600 goods were repaired from plasma TVs to broken tables.

Robin Walker, chair of Transition Evesham Vale, said: “The idea of the Repair Cafe is twofold. It helps to preserve the Earth’s

resources by avoiding the need to replace items which only need a simple repair to keep them going and it saves people the expense of buying replacement goods.

“We’re putting together a panel of specialists including electricians, seamstresses and a bicycle mechanic to help people get their damaged or faulty possessions back in shape.

“Many of us including myself throw away piles of of stuff including things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair.

“Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer to be part of the Repair Cafe team should call Tony Piper on 01386 300478 or 07908 968567 or visit ImaGine.