A week later than usual ‘first Sunday in the month’ this time to allow for the bonfire parties. We were happy to receive a nice turn out for the latest Repair Cafe at Shoebury hub. A couple of Repair cafe first timers Wesley and Tarmo brought a light up alarm clock and a Philips streaming hi-fi device both items with serious issues. Tarmo has some electronics knowledge himself and set about the investigations himself with some help from Martin. Tarmo went on to say “I get how the Repair Cafe works, you often just need the right atmosphere to attempt the repair yourself” After some serious testing and experimenting the light up alarm faults seemed to be fixed but the Phillips device was not fully repaired by the end of the day so Martin now has some home work.
A diverse selection of items again this month and Fiona’s two picture frames called for use of the persuader or hammer, the smaller frame took a little subtler approach with a little fibre glassing of the rear of the frame corners which gives an excellently strong and forgiving fix.
Stiching jobs this month were , a dress hem take up, a reefer jacket button let out. Sarah and new recruit, Sandie, who brings a wealth of sewing and crafting skills. These jobs were tackled with swift and deft. Tilly also shared her experience to help with the new overlocker set up. A kind donation by Tina of a nice Bernina sewing machine which needs some attention and will then be a valuable addition to the New share shed. For an insite into Share Centres check out one already up and running in Frome Library of things.
All this hard work left us in need of some sustenance and thanks to Chris who baked some fab scones and cup cakes and Fiona’s great flap jack and gluten free banana loaf we were not left disapointed. Sorry for lack of evidence in the way of photos, but they really were a sight for sore eyes and a saviour of waning energy levels.
We spoke with Larry who heard our recent Southend Soup pitch and thought he would pop in to see how we roll, and discuss his plastic recycling project. We hope to provide space and tools to allow collaboration with projects like Larry’s at the hub in the future.
If you enjoy helping to build community cohesion and resilience and having a jolly good laugh in the process, we would love you to get involved in the Repair Cafe by being a repairer or perhaps you have some time, skills and or materials to donate to help us set up the Share Centre? we would love to here from you.
We are looking for
- Timber beams and boards to create shelving
- Tools and equipment to add to the Tool library for E.g Fruit juicers, Bread machines, Carpet cleaner, jet washer, angle grinder, sewing machine, socket set, battery charger, step ladders, drills, wall paper pasting table.
- Graphic design skills to help us create effective advertising materials.
- If you have experience in hire shops or repairing tools
Next Repair Cafe is Christmas themed on Sunday 3rd December where perhaps we will be tackling flickering Christmas tree lights or a wobbly Xmas tree stand or maybe your Christmas stocking needs darning? Or you have an idea to up-cycle some junk into a cool Christmas gift?
If you could drop us a line and or some photos about any items you intend to bring for repair either on our facebook page or at above emails., , it will give us to make sure we are suitably tooled.
Thanks for your interest and share the repair peeps!
Thank you Chris from mytownsouthend.com for hosting us in the lovely warm and comfy Shoebury hub again this month.
For any info please Call Duncan on 07866 362247 or email email@example.com or Contact Sarah on 07891 508895 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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