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Repair Cafe

First annual report to Clayhidon Parish Meeting, 2019

The Blackdown Hills Repair Cafe (an initiative of the Blackdown Hills Transition Group) has now been up and running for a full year here in Hemyock.  In that time, out of the 400 or so items that have been brought in - both by local residents and people from all over the Blackdowns - around 240 (or 60%) have been repaired, fixed or mended.  The bi-monthly Repair Cafe is completely run by volunteers for whose many hundreds of hours' help we are truly indebted, and whilst a huge amount of "stuff" has been saved from landfill, the events have provided opportunities for new friendships to be made, useful skills to be shared and community spirit to be fostered.  The number of our volunteer repairers continues to rise though we are always looking for more people with "a skill to share and a little time to spare" to join our team, either as a fixer, a cake maker or on the administrative side.  We apologise for causing gridlock on the streets of Hemyock on the fourth Saturday of alternate months, but it just goes to show the appetite for Repair Cafes which, in Devon alone, have more than doubled in number over the past year and now total nine!  Thank you for your continued support.  Trisha Comrie.  E:".