We have all sorts of people offering to help to repair things, all of whom have been volunteering at Repair Cafes across Cambridgeshire for several years. We are lucky to have experienced repairers coming to Gamlingay’s first ever Repair Cafe including Guy and Keith who can take on high-level electronic and electrical repairs and Helen and Lyn who will be available for clothes and textile repairs including zips! Halina is hoping to help out with jewellery repairs and cleaning and Mark is available for bicycle and sewing machine repairs. They’re keen to share their skills, stop things going to landfill and reduce the impact that buying new stuff has on the environment. Electrical items that are suitable for fixing will also be PAT tested before you leave by competent PAT tester John.
Our team of volunteer repairers are helping for free and there is no charge for admission. We welcome donations to cover our costs and to help us grow our network and foster a culture of repair. They will pinpoint the problem and try to fix it there and then for you, or let you know what spare parts to get for when you come back next time. This event is run in partnership with Cambridge Carbon Footprint and insured by Wessex Insurance.
During the event we will have a recycling bin for small electrical items only which are beyond repair. Most small items with a plug, battery or cable will be accepted, including toys, appliances, phones, power tools etc; but we can’t take smoke alarms, damaged batteries, ammonia fridges, pressurised cylinders, laptops or screens. The items will be used for parts where possible, and otherwise dismantled to be recycled.
The PCSO’s will be in attendance to provide free bike secure marking – for those bringing in their bikes.
There will be a clothes swap table- please bring with you a few good quality used clothes you no longer wear, and see if you can swap them for something you will wear for free! Facility will be for women’s, men’s and children’s clothes.
The Eco Hub cafe will also be open so come along for a drink and a biscuit to see what is going on even if you don’t have an item booked in for repair this time. Also do get in touch if you think that you have repair skills that you would like to offer and then we can let you know what’s involved. The venue has good disability access and facilities and we welcome all.
There is a car park available right next to the Eco Hub and plenty of bike racks.
To find out more about Gamlingay Repair Cafe and to book your items in for repair, click the link here to complete a booking form. Or visit the Gamlingay Eco Hub Facebook page or email us at [email protected]. Or pop in when the Library is open at the Eco Hub and we’ll get you booked in.