Cambridge

Cambridgeshire

Hosted by Chris Moller from Group avatarCambridge Area Repair Cafes

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Description

The World’s Biggest Repair Café, Sat 11th Nov, Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge, 10am-6pm

Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge are asking everyone to bring their faulty, torn, wobbly, and malfunctioning items to a huge repair party. Repair Cafes are free events that match experienced repairers with people who need stuff fixing.  The repairers help make people’s stuff last longer which means we use fewer resources and less energy to make new things. 

Please book your item in (gadgets, household items, bikes, clothes etc) by sending an email to cambridgerepaircafe@gmail.com telling us what you’d like to bring and the problem with it. Or fill in a simple online booking form at   circularcambridge.org/festival                   

The whir of the drills, smell of solder, tapping of hammers and patter of sewing machines will be blended with:

  • copious amounts of homemade cake
  • short talks from trailblazing companies and individuals like Patagonia, BuyMeOnce, and The Restart Project
  • upcycled craft workshops for children
  • FoodCycle will be serving free meals made from surplus food between 12:30-13:15
  • stalls from local artists selling upcycled Christmas gifts

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Cambridge

About the group

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Cambridge Area Repair Cafes

Repair Cafes are distinct from Restart Parties, but there is considerable overlap, and much to be gained from sharing information.  They are co-ordinated from the Netherlands (http://repaircafe.org), and are not in competition with Restart Parties (there's more than enough to fix for us both!)

Repair Cafes tend to be less hi-tech than Restart Parties, though we will tackle computers, laptops, tablets and phones when requested.  Repairs are always free, and a cafe (which charges modest prices) is associated with the event, to cater for those who are waiting to be seen.

The Cambridge Repair Cafe Group co-ordinates Repair Cafes in the Cambridge area.  There is a link to the group at http://www.repaircafe.org.uk.  Currently active at least once a quarter are:

Abington
Chesterton
Cottenham
Fulbourn
Girton
Shelford
Waterbeach

New Repair Cafes are expected shortly in Haddenham and Linton, and we have done one-off events in Cambridge and Ely.

We are aiming to set the record for the largest Repair Cafe in the world in Cambridge on 11th November 2017.

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