Axminster Repair Cafe returns with special outdoor gardening event

An outdoor repair café in Axminster to fix garden tools, bicycles, plus a plant and seed swap, is being held on Saturday, May 22, on the Minster Green.

The special event, from 11am until 3pm, next to the church rooms, is the first time the Axminster Repair Café has been able to meet since coronavirus restrictions were introduced in March 2020.

The aim of the specialist repair event is to fix as many broken and worn-out garden tools and bicycles as possible, stopping them from going to landfill.

The Axminster Repair Café has teamed up with The Community Waffle House for the event.

On the day there will be team of community gardeners to talk about volunteering opportunities and take donations of any unwanted tools.

Free tea and coffee will be available throughout the event, donated by The Community Waffle House.

Dan Powell, Axminster Repair Café co-ordinator, said: “Repair Cafés are a fantastic community resource. They teach people to see their possessions in a new light and appreciate their value.

“We can’t wait to dust off our tools and spring back into action at this special garden and outdoor focussed event.”

He added: “Repair Cafes encourage a more sustainable society, but most of all they have a lovely atmosphere and can show just how much fun repairing things can be.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer the people of Axminster the chance to get involved and we look forward to seeing as many faces as possible.”

Matt Smith, Waffle House director, said: “We love the repair café model; saving the planet, saving you money and bringing people together – it just makes so much sense.

“In partnering with the Axminster Repair Café, it’s particularly exciting to think we might be able to equip our community gardeners with repaired tools that can serve the community they came from rather than go to the tip.”

A host of garden tools and outdoor items will be repaired at the event for a small, voluntary, donation.

An Axminster repair Café spokeswoman said: “These are often items which people may not be able to afford to get fixed or not sure how to do it themselves and are brought back to life and saved from the bin.

“Participants are also encouraged to bring along any spare tools, which are no longer needed, so they can be re-homed or recycled.”

Axminster Repair Café is always keen to recruit volunteer menders to join the team, for future events.

If you have skills in needlework, electrics, woodwork or other areas, email axerepaircafe@gmail.com

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