Repair Café celebrates second birthday with tea and cake

Published on: 29 Dec 2015

FISHPONDS-based Bristol Repair Cafe has celebrated its second birthday.
The monthly repair cafe, based at All Saints Church in Grove Road, has continued to go from strength to strength after it was started by resident Kate Jerrold in December 2013.
The idea behind the initiative is that people bring along their broken electrical appliances, toys, crockery and clothing and they are given help, advice and support to get them mended and back up and running again.
Kate was inspired to set up the repair cafe after reading a blog written by Jen Gale called My Make Do and Mend Year where the author vowed not to buy anything new for a whole year.
The blog led Kate to discovering an organisation in Holland called the Repair Cafe. Kate wondered why Bristol didn’t have its own repair cafe so decided to do something about it.
Kate said: “It’s a real amazing success that we are here two years on.
“When we first started, the concept was a bit strange and people didn’t really know what we were on about but now it’s lovely to see that people get it, embrace it and do it.”
Kate said she has been encouraged by the number of young people who turn up who were not part of the ‘make do and mend’ generation.
“It’s really important for young children to get involved because if we don’t inspire young people, there is no future.”
The aim of the repair cafe is to save people money and help the environment but it has also has a knock-on effect of helping members of the community to get to know each other.
Kate believes small things like repairing your computer rather than replacing it can have a huge impact on protecting the environment.
“We hear a lot about encouraging people to change their mode of transport and energy for their homes but actually 60 per cent of our carbon footprint is in the stuff we buy. This means we have much more control than we think we have. If you think ‘I won’t do that long distance trip but I’ll buy a new computer’, it’s not having as great an impact as it could have.
“We’re really getting the message out to people that it’s the stuff we buy and how much use we get out of it that’s going to have a far greater impact.”
Kate said he owed a huge debt of gratitude to the church for hosting the repair cafe events.
“A massive shout out to All Saints!” she said.
“They have been amazing and really supportive in giving us the space. It’s also thanks to the amazing ladies who cook the cakes and the team of experts who are amazing people.”
The anniversary repair cafe took place place on Saturday December 5 and visitors celebrated by tucking into delicious cake.
Bristol Repair Cafe meets on the first Saturday of every month from 10.30am-1pm. The first repair cafe of 2016 will go ahead on Saturday January 2.

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