Make do and mend at Burgess Hill's repair café

On Saturday, February 15, hundreds of volunteers at repair cafés across the country will participate in a day of repair events known as Big Fix It Day.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:03 pm
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:48 pm
Burgess Hill Salvation Army

As part of this, a repair café will be in Burgess Hill.

People are invited to bring along their broken items and watch as they are repaired by volunteers for a donation.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places, and will have tools and materials to help make any necessary repairs.

Councillor Anne Eaves, one of the organisers of the Burgess Hill event, said: "The idea is to repair stuff and not throw it into landfill.

"It also gets people to meet others, and combats loneliness.

"We also want to increase the footfall in Burgess Hill town centre, as it has been struggling with the upcoming redevelopment."

Clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, crockery and toys are some of the items that can be repaired - anything that can be carried solo.

The only items they won't be repairing are bikes, microwaves and pressure cookers.

The repair café website says: "It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

"Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY."

There are more than 1,500 repair cafés worldwide.

The repair café will run from 10am to 1pm at the Salvation Army Hall, Cyprus Road, Burgess Hill.

The repair café will run on Saturday, February 15, Saturday, March 14, Saturday, May 9 and Saturday, June 13, with the location still to be determined.

To find out more, visit the Burgess Hill repair café's social media here.