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Repair Cafe Herefordshire & Worcestershire

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Building a Repair Culture by Dave Prescott.








We're pleased to announce that Repair Cafe Redditch opened on Saturday 9 April at The Old Needle Works House in Britten Street, Enfield, Redditch and will open on the second Saturday in each month.


The first session attracted 25 customers who brought in a selection of items for repair including a 1930s anglepoise lamp, record player, lawnmower, vacuum cleaner and food mixer.  Several items of furniture were also repaired including a rocking chair, small table and a chest of drawers.  Garment repairs were also in demand.


P1010259   MHRC experienced repairers, Roman Iwanczuk and Colin Walls, joined the small start-up team of volunteers.  Men in Sheds - a national project that supports older men who want to get together to learn new skills - is based at The Old Needle Works and its members tackled several furniture repairs.  The owner of a Redditch-based bicycle shop had given up his morning to offer basic bike repairs and advice on maintenance.  Among the many visitors who called by to support the Repair Cafe was Mayoress Councillor Pattie Hill and representatives from the local Rotary Club.


  The Big Lottery Funding awarded to Malvern Hills Repair Cafe in 2015 has been instrumental in enabling Redditch   and two other Worcestershire-based Repair Cafés to open.  Funding and resource support is available for the first two sessions - after that it is anticipated that donations and refreshment sales will enable each new Repair Café to become self-sustaining. 


Redditch has got off to a very encouraging start.  Volunteers are always needed so if you would like to help in any way, not just with fixing things but with reception, front of house and serving refreshments, please contact Esther Passingham at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Alternatively, call Esther on 01527 69100 or 07976 925954.  Catch up on their Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/repaircaferedditch.


Basic tools in good condition are always needed and will be used to support a very worthwhile community enterprise.  Contact Esther if you have any spare tools you would like to donate.


Repair Café Redditch opened again on Saturday 14 May when the repair team dealt with 50 repairs.  It will now open every second Saturday in the month and if you live in the Redditch area, do go along and support this new initiative.




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On 23 April, a third Repair Café opened in Worcestershire as part of the RC H&W project.  Repair Café Wyre Forest held its first session at the Baptist Church in High Street, Bewdley but also intends to hold the occasional outreach session in Kidderminster once it establishes a core team of volunteers.


Two experienced MHRC repairers, John Hunt and John Mathias, worked alongside the strong team of eight local volunteers who expertly and good-humouredly tackled a variety of different and, often challenging, repairs during the morning, including a cuckoo clock, circular saw, radio and lawn mower.  There was even a musical instrument, a clarinet!  Knife and tool sharpening were also much in demand.  36 customers visited during the busy four hour session and the success of this first session yet again demonstrates that there is a definite demand for this kind of service in our communities.  


Well done to John Rhymer and Peter Miller for all their hard work!  If you live in the Bewdley or Kidderminster area and would like to get involved as a volunteer, please email either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Donations of any unwanted tools in good condition would also be very welcome.   Repair Café Wyre Forest will next open at 10.00 am on Saturday 28 May.




Repair Café Worcester got off to a great start by recently being voted the best new community project at the first Worcester SOUP event on Sunday 20 March!  This meant that they received all the takings at the door and this has been used to buy some basic tools and consumables, including a PAT tester and grinder.


The well-organised steering group has been actively planning for the first session from 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday 14 May for some weeks and it promises to be a very busy and successful event. Promotional leaflets have been widely distributed across the city and several press releases published in the local media.  As part of RC H&W's support, two long-serving and experienced MHRC repairers will work alongside the Worcester team to assist with repairs and show them the ropes.  MHRC will also provide its supply of tools and equipment.


If you would like to get involved as a volunteer in any capacity, please contact Rod Howell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alternatively, you can contact Rod on 07876 373048.


You can find Repair Café Worcester at the S.T.A.R.S Adult Day Care Centre, Stanley Road,Worcester WR51BE.