Repair Café is helping to fix Porlock Vale!

Porlock Vale’s Repair Café is off to a popular start having already held two repair cafes in the last two months.

The Repair Café is made up of a group of 14 skilled volunteers who so far have managed to repair 37 items for members of the public. One item that was transformed was a metal horse ornament which had a crack in the metal and was starting to look dull and tarnished – Joe Roake, one of the volunteers worked his magic by repairing the crack, reattaching the reins, and fixing it on a new wooden base to bring it back to life, leaving the owner ecstatic! Other items that have been fixed have been a jumper which had holes in both elbows which was repaired with patches making it as good as new, a 70-year-old teddy bear that had lost his squeak, a leaf blower, various appliances such as kettles and toasters and plenty of gardening tools have been sharpened so far.

Do you have something that you can no longer use because it needs repairing? Don’t buy a new one, bring it along to one of the next Repair Café’s. Porlock Vale’s Repair Café is being held every month moving around Porlock Vale. The next one will take place on Saturday 28th May from 10am until 12 noon at the Allerford Village Hall (Hare Park, Allerford, TA24 8HL).

Future dates:

  • Saturday 28th May, 10am-12pm at Allerford Village Hall
  • Saturday 2nd July, 10am-12pm at Wootton Courtenay Village Hall
  • Saturday 30th July, 10am-12pm at Porlock Village Hall

So how does it work?

The Repair Café has a team of skilled volunteers who are giving their time to help repair the public’s belongings to save perfectly good items from ending up in landfill. The time taken to repair the item will be free; the team just ask for a voluntary donation to help keep the Repair Café going and a small charge may be required for items needed for the repair. There will also be refreshments on site for attendees to purchase drinks and cake whilst they wait!

Find us on Facebook (4R’s Waste Reduction in Porlock Vale) or keep an eye out for posters in your local area for the latest updates and to hear about the next Repair Café in Porlock Vale. If you have a hobby, skill or expertise and would like to volunteer your time to the Repair Café, please contact 4Rsporlockvale@porlockpc

Photo: Claire with her Metal Horse Ornament
Pictured: Claire Cadman
Photo Credit: Ruth Walker  

Photo: Volunteer James Macbeth fixing a leaf blower that had a mind of its own
Pictured: John Kemp and James Macbeth
Photo Credit: Ella Keal  

Photo: Volunteer Oli sharpening garden shears ready for the summer!
Pictured: Oli Locke
Photo Credit: Ruth Walker  

Photo: Stan is repairing a customer’s Vacuum
Pictured: Stan Moore
Photo Credit: Ruth Walker  

Photo: A 70-year-old teddy receiving a new squeak!
Photo Credit: Ella Keal  

Photo: Our wonderful Café Volunteers serving refreshments to the public whilst they wait for their repair
Pictured from left to right: Abigail Lewis, Lesley Roake, Anne Godfrey
Photo Credit: Ruth Walker  
Photo: 4R’s Waste Reduction in Porlock Vale Logo, credit Ella Keal
Photo: Repair Café Foundation Logo, credit Repair Café Foundation

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