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Bakewell Repair Cafe – 23rd Sept

Later this month, an exciting new cafe is coming to Bakewell.

It is believed that the original Repair Cafe was started by Martine Postma in the Netherlands, and now they are springing up all over the world. On the 23rd of September 2023, a Repair Cafe is coming to Bakewell.  

Here is a paraphrase from the Repair Cafe website.
“At a Repair Cafe, there are the tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. There are also repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters, bicycle mechanics and people who will sharpen knives, shears and so on.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Cafe. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and often cake. 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.”


Often, when something breaks, we would rather try and fix it than throw it away, but often don’t have the necessary knowledge, skills or equipment, or know how to access them.

Well, Repair Cafes are working to change all that!

They are such a fantastic idea; skills get shared and passed on, equipment can be used by others, items are saved from landfills, and consequently, cuts down the demand for new items being made, and the drain on resources that this creates.
The Repair Cafe teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value. The Repair Cafe helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, the Repair Cafe just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it is.

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