Axminster Repair Cafe launch success means monthly mend meetings and fix-it workshops

Saturday’s launch of Axminster’s Repair Café proved so successful the event will now be held monthly, it has been announced.

A 50-year-old wooden coat hanger and an antique chair were among items fixed at Axminster’s first-ever repair café, on February 15.

Saturday’s event, at the Guildhall, in West Street, raised more than £200 for future events when more than 20 volunteers fixed 46 items brought in for repair by the public, saving them from landfill.

As well as monthly meet-ups, Axminster Repair Cafe plans to hold workshops to teach new fix-it skills.

The Axminster Repair Café’s launch coincided with the Big Fix 2020, where more than 100 groups took part in mend meetings across the UK.

Axminster’s next repair café is on Saturday, March 21, from 11am until 2pm, at the Guildhall.

Dan Powell, Axminster Repair Café co-ordinator, said: “Despite the wild weather, we were delighted to welcome so many local residents through the door and help them repair their broken household items.

“After the success of our first event, we have big plans to offer workshops for people to learn new skills as well as getting items repaired by our very skilled volunteers.

“We’re also delighted to announce we will now meet every month and we look forward to seeing even more faces in March.”

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Volunteer mender, Kevin, right, fixing a beard trimmer.
Photo: Axminster Repair Cafe.

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Sue Clarke and Paula Youens, from the sewing team.
Photo: Axminster Repair Cafe.

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Photo: Axminster Repair Cafe.

Organisers said volunteers fixed a range of electrical items, garden tools, clothes and furniture.

Repairs on the day included fixing a loose hook on a 50-year-old wooden coat hanger from Dawkins, an old Axminster shop, and mending an antique chair that was more than 100 years old.

Axminster Mayor Anni Young, who backed the repair café with mayoral cash, said: “I am thrilled that Axminster now has its own repair cafe, which despite the weather, was well supported.

“The whole principle of fixing rather than replacing things is one that really fits with the council’s declaration of a climate emergency and our desire to reduce waste and our carbon footprint.

“On a personal note, my clock was brought back to life and next month hopefully they will revive a beloved lamp.”

The Axminster Repair Café is appealing for volunteer menders to join the team. If you have skills in needlework, electrics, woodwork or other areas, email axerepaircafe@gmail.com

Future Axminster Repair Café dates at the Guildhall:

Saturday, March 21 – 11am to 2pm

Saturday, April 18 -11am to 2pm

Saturday, May 16 – 11am to 2pm

Saturday, June 20 – 11am to 2pm

Saturday, July 18 – 11am to 2pm

Saturday, September 12 – 11am to 2pm

Saturday, October 17 – 11am to 2pm

Saturday, November 14 – 11am to 2pm.

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