After an enforced break of 19 months due to Covid, the Andover Repair Café opened its doors again on 16th October. This coincided with International Repair Day, a day to promote and celebrate the value of fixing.  The theme for this year’s edition was “Repair Lowers Carbon Emissions”, in response to the recent, alarming IPCC report on the climate and the UN Climate Negotiations coming up in November.

Andover Repair Café started back in 2017 and after a couple of years running from the Andover Mind well-being centre, the Café moved to the Ugly Duckling pop-up shop in the Chantry Centre. The café has now moved back to the well-being centre (opposite the Police Station) because the premises are larger allowing for better social distancing.

We had a busy morning on Saturday with 12 items brought in for repair including 2 vaccuum cleaners, 2 clocks, a telephone, a set of fairy lights, a toaster and a hairdryer. Our fixers did a great job and were able to fix most of the items, keeping them out of landfill and saving the owners money. All the fixers and greeters are volunteers and we really need more people to come and join us. Check out our facebook page if you are interested in volunteering.

The Café runs on the third Saturday of every month. It opens at 10am and the last fix is booked in at 12.30. The next Café is 20th November, everyone is welcome.

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