Repair Cafe

Repair Cafes 2022

We are back! If you need a repair before June’s repair cafe, then check out the Macclesfield Repair Cafes organised by our friends at Macctastic:

Repair Café restores Ted’s Head

When customers at the Transition Wilmslow repair café saw Ted in two pieces, they could hardly bear it.  But Sarah our textile repairer deftly made him whole again, without pawsing for breath.  Yes, Ted had the stuffing knocked out of him, but soon came up smiling again and continues to be a much loved Teddy bear.

This all happened on 5th March at St Chad’s church lounge hall where 62 repairs were attempted and 23 completed.  This is the equivalent of an estimated 800 kg of CO2 gas emissions prevented from entering the atmosphere.  Thanks to all our customers and volunteers who contributed to this brilliant result!

If you would like to help in the fight against climate change by having your precious items repaired, the next repair café is on Saturday 25th June between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm (last repairs accepted at 12:30 pm) at the halls of Wilmslow United Reformed Church.

Repair Cafe Dates for 2020:

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Saturday 28thMarch St Chad’s Hall, Handforth SK9 3ES from 10am

Saturday 20th June St John’s Church Lindow SK9 6EL from 10am

We are always in need of people who would like to volunteer to be a repairer, particularly those with electrical skills. If you can help, please contact kenwallace0111@gmail.com for more information.

The Big Fix 2020: 

15 February 2020 was TheBigFix: a day for repair cafes all over the country to celebrate and raise awareness of repairing.  Some of us visited the Chorlton Repair Cafe and met repairers and organisers from Boothstown, Chorlton, Levenshulme and Moss Side, as well as Ben from Congleton who is planning a repair cafe there. It was really interesting to see how other people organise repair cafes and how they manage to have them so often; one couple of repairers help out at 4 cafes a month!

Repair Cafe January 2020

Another great Repair cafe! Thank you to everyone who came along, and particularly to our talented volunteer repairers.  We have got some great photos! Repair Cafe Chair Repair January 2020 Repair Cafe photo collage January 2020 put the date of our next cafe in your diary, St Chad’s Saturday 28 March. We hope to see you there!

We also had some wonderful feedback: Repair Café Feedback 18th January 2020

Repair Cafe 2019:

We held our first Repair Cafe in October 2019 at St Chad’s in Handforth. We registered with the International Repair Cafe Foundation, based in Holland, who gave us lots of useful information and allowed us to use the Repair Cafe name and logo. They also put us in touch with the Malvern Repair Cafe, who kindly shared advice and paperwork. We planned the Cafe months in advance, putting out publicity on social media and asking for volunteer repairers, and we were delighted with the response! In the end, we had three furniture/general repairers (one complete star in his 90’s), three electricians, four people with sewing machines, two bike repairers and a great team on the cafe. It was a busy morning with repairs to bikes, trikes, teddy bears, furniture and soft furnishings! Many thanks to all of our repairers and volunteers, to Handforth Parish Council for financial support (we had to pay registration with the Repair Cafe, hall hire and an additional levy on our Transition Wilmslow Public Liability Insurance) and to everyone who came along to demonstrate people really do want to fix rather than throw things out.

We’d love to organise another one…..volunteers and ideas most welcome! Link below for pictures of the day: (thanks to Jane Selva).

Repair Cafe Transition Wilmslow October 2019