Alveston Repair Café will bring new life to broken gadgets

September 06 2019
Alveston Repair Café will bring new life to broken gadgets

A NEW café opening this month is offering far more than tea and cakes.

The Alveston Repair Café will offer residents the chance to bring in broken household items and gadgets for repair by an expert, to save them from being thrown away.

Alveston Community Forum, which is behind the scheme, has gathered a team of more than 15 volunteers for the inaugural event on September 28.

The Repair Café movement started in the Netherlands in 2009 and there are now more than 100 in the UK, and around 1,800 worldwide.

The idea behind them is to save the huge number of electrical, mechanical and other items, which are being thrown away even though they could easily be fixed. They also utilise the skills of people who have the practical knowledge to repair things but do not get to use it.

Alveston Community Forum chairman Peter Waller was inspired to bring the idea to the village after visiting the Chailey Repair Café in East Sussex.

He said: “I was impressed by the friendly atmosphere and slick organisation, as about 20 volunteers repaired a wide range of objects for a stream of visitors.

"There was something of a party atmosphere, with coffee, tea and cakes included.

I hate throwing things out simply because they have developed a minor fault, which should be fixable but involves an expensive visit to an expert.

People are getting their possessions mended for no more than a voluntary donation to cover costs. Some will pick up new skills, or discover skills they never knew they had.”

Peter says the Bristol area is ideal for repair cafes, because many people who used to work in engineering and other industries have practical skills and their own tools.

Volunteers can choose specific areas of interest for repairs, such as electrics, bicycles, clothes, and computers.

The Repair Café is joining other similar initiatives in the Thornbury area, including the Men’s Shed and a sewing repair café in Thornbury library.

The first Alveston Repair Café will be on September 28 at St Helen’s Church, between 10am and 1pm.

To volunteer your skills or for more information please contact Peter by email at