Repair Cafés open in Newcastle Emlyn and St Dogmaels

NEW Repair Cafés have recently launched in Newcastle Emlyn and St Dogmaels to join other established venues in the area.

Visitors are encouraged to bring broken items from home, including toasters, lamps, clothing, bicycles, toys or sharpening blades, etc.

Most items can usually be repaired by volunteer specialists. All electrical items are tested before they leave.

Hilary Edwards, spokesperson for Repair Cafe Wales, said: “By promoting repairs, we are helping to reduce waste going to landfill.

“Each year we throw away huge quantities, even items that have very few defects, which could easily be reused after a simple repair.

“A lot of people don’t feel confident fixing things themselves and are using up valuable resources buying new items.

“As well as being better for the environment, our Repair Cafés aim to save people money, share valuable repair skills that are being lost, and bring the local community together in a low-key, enjoyable event. .”

“All repairs are done free of charge, although people can donate if they wish.

Jane Mansfield, who runs the recently opened Repair Cafe in Newcastle Emlyn, said: ‘For me it’s about promoting the culture of ‘get it done and fix it’, as well as meeting people and helping to build relationships. strong ties within our community.

“Repairers looked at everything from bikes to leather bags, electrical items, sewing repairs to sharpening knives and shears at our first event in September.

“There was a real buzz of activity throughout the session, with most people lingering for a drink and a chat.

“We were delighted with the response and are looking forward to our second Repair Cafe at Notre-Dame Reine de la Paix, Catholic Church Hall, on Saturday November 26 (11am-2pm).”

The next Repair Cafe in St Dogmaels will be held at Memorial Hall on Saturday 3rd December (10am-1pm) and at Aberaeron in Pengloyn, Tabernacle Street from 10am-1pm on the same day.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement