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Guildford Repair Café Helping To Get Things Fixed And Not Thrown Away

Published on: 28 Jan, 2015
Updated on: 28 Jan, 2015

What do you do with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with trousers the wrong length? Throw it away? No way!

Repair CafeGo and repair it at the Repair Café taking at Park Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford GU2 8JH on Saturday, February 14, from 10am to 1pm.

Various experts will be available:, including those with DIY skills, seamstresses and bike doctors, to help you make all possible repairs, free of charge.

Everyone is welcome to go along and they will need to bring their broken items – such as clothes, bikes, toys, crockery, chairs, and so on.

You’ll learn how to repair items yourself, receive practical advice and meet others, be inspired and share ideas.

By promoting repairs, Guildford Borough Council aims to help reduce waste sent to landfill as well as helping people save money and resources, and cutting CO2 emissions.

For queries call Cati Smith,Guildford Borough Council’s community climate change officer on 01483 444509 or email her at

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House rules:

The work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the repair experts at hand. Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair experts on site can help if necessary. Neither the organisers of the Repair Café nor the repair experts are liable for any loss that may result from advice or instructions concerning repairs, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for consequential loss or for any other kind of loss resulting from work performed in the Repair Café. A voluntary donation is greatly appreciated. Visitors offering broken items for repair do so at their own risk. Experts making repairs offer no guarantee for the repairs carried out with their help and are not liable if objects that are repaired in the Repair Café turn out not to work properly at home. Repair experts are entitled to refuse to repair certain objects. Repair experts are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired. Visitors to Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken objects that could not be repaired. To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of one broken item per person will be examined. The visitor will join the back of the queue if there is a second item for  repair.

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Responses to Guildford Repair Café Helping To Get Things Fixed And Not Thrown Away

  1. Neil Mason Reply

    January 29, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Excellent idea Cati, great initiative from GBC and let’s all think about reuse.

    Everyone get down to Park Barn on the 14th Feb.

    Good luck from all at FurnitureLink Guildford

  2. Ngaire Wadman Reply

    January 29, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Great idea, to show some love for the things we own, on Valentine’s Day!

    Repair, restore, re-use… Make do and Mend should be a proud boast, not a grudging necessity.

    I’d love to see some sort of informal tuition in How To Fix Things come from this cafe event. How To Sew would be a great start – persuade an old Brown Owl or Guider to demonstrate, perhaps!

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