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Repair Café helps you fix it!

  • Learn to mend your broken items yourself with support from skilled volunteers.

  • Enjoy giving your things a new lease of life and appreciate them again.

  • Help reduce waste and stop things going to landfill

Llandrindod Repair Café has been running since June 2014, and was chosen by The Guardian as one of 17 top community projects from around the UK in their "Live Better" Community Project series.

The Repair Café idea began in Amsterdam in 2007 and has since been taken up all round the world.

Upcoming Repair Café dates

Saturday 9th February 2019  -  2:00pm to 5:00pm at Centre CELF

and on the second Saturday of every month throughout 2019 (Closed December and January).

Put your unused tools to good use!

The Repair Café is an official collection point for Tools for Self Reliance Cymru. Have a clear-out of any unwanted tools or sewing machines and we will help put them to good use. Tools for Self Reliance publish a list showing the types of tools that are most in demand, but most tools will be accepted.

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Llandrindod Town Crier opens Anniversary Repair CafeEveryone enjoyed a happy and hectic afternoon during the first anniversary celebrations of Llandrindod Repair Café on July 18th 2015. 

The special Anniversary Café in the Rock Park was opened by Jan Swindale, the Llandrindod Town Crier and Chris Rouse, the Mayor of Llandrindod, cut the delicious anniversary cake. 

A novel item coming in for repair was a light sabre ... May the Force be with us! 

Other broken items which were repaired included a lawnmower, a vacuum cleaner, two stereos, a teasmade, a small cabinet and a vintage typewriter. Sharpening was popular as usual, with many garden shears, knives, lawnmower blades, loppers and secateurs receiving a sharp edge.

The Great Chair Repair Challenge was also a big success on the day. An old broken and unloved kitchen chair was saved from going to the tip and it was chalk painted by Patrick from "Junk & Disorderly" and re-upholstered by furniture fixer Hilary. The revamped chair looked magnificent and was raffled and taken home by the delighted winners. 

Check out our Flickr and Facebook pages for more photos of the day.

Cutting the anniversary cake at the Llandrindod Repair Cafe first anniversary

A short video was made of the day which gives a guided tour of all the activities. 

Llandrindod Repair Cafe ReceptionLlandrindod Repair Cafe is one of only 19 repair cafes in the UK, so we are rather lucky to have one right here in lovely Mid Wales.

As we are approaching our first anniversary, it is nice to reflect on all the many things we have repaired and helped saved from the tip.

Did you know that over 70% of broken items brought in are actually fixed by our gallant volunteers? From bicycles to bric a brac, clothes to computers, shears to scissors, they'll give it new life. We can't yet mend your gammy leg or car, but a friendly chat and a cuppa are always on offer at the Repair Cafe!

Repair Cafe FixpertsDon't miss the April Repair Café

April 11th, 2:00pm to 5:00pm
at the Rock Park Heritage Centre

We're back to our customary venue in the Rock Park Heritage Centre for the Repair Café on April 11th.  With any luck it will suddenly turn into summer before then, and everything will be outdoors under the canopy...  If not, we will be running the event inside the Heritage Centre.

There's a plan to have a special session on patching clothes (especially jeans - or, rather, anything that can be patched with denim!), so if you've got any garments that are getting a little threadbare we will have the wherewithal to solve the problem!

Our usual range of fixperts will also be on hand to help you repair pretty much anything that can be repaired. We'll also be back with the popular sharpening table - putting a new edge on any household, garden or carpentry tools that have become blunted with use - eg your scissors, garden shears or chisels.

Printer stops working after a particular number of prints?
Electric appliance bust after 2 years when your previous one lasted ages?
Underwear falling apart after a few washes?
Yearning for the latest must-have mobile phone?

Manufacturers are forcing us to constantly update and buy new stuff. Replacement means profit, but it also means wastage of energy and raw materials and more rubbish and pollution.

Companies are also refusing to make consumer items more repairable. Service instructions are often absent or limited. Many new products are solidly glued or welded together to deliberately make repairs difficult or impossible.

Do you no longer wish to accept this "repair costs more than buying new" attitude? You are not alone. Have fun with repairing instead, with help and advice from our skilled volunteers. Did you know that as many as 50 to 70% of items brought in can be fixed at a Repair Cafe?

Some of the many articles mended at our previous events include necklaces, clothing, handbags, bicycles, electric heaters, a hedge trimmer, cd players, saucepan lids, a carpet sweeper and a clock. We even help you sharpen your blunted tools.

All this for just a small donation to cover our costs. A bargain? You bet!  

 
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Image link to Llandrindod Acorns project page

... and also your old mobile phones and other gadgets.
Reduce waste and support TLT at the same time!

Details here...