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Repair Café returns to the Cube

Malvern Editorial 16th Jan, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE MALVERN Repair Café is set to hold its first workshop of 2014 after marking its one year anniversary.

The community project was launched in December 2012 and is held on the third Saturday of every month at the Malvern Cube.

Couple Chris and Jan Dyer started the group as an innovative way of reducing the amount of repairable goods which go to landfill.

The first event saw more than 30 people bring their items along and the project has grown ever since.

In 12 months more than 600 goods have been repaired from Plasma TVs to broken tables.

The service has even benefited people such as mayor Julian Roskams and West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin who brought in her chair to be fixed.

By the end of the year the number of regular clients had more than doubled and now there are 20 volunteers who can be called on to carry out work – nearly three times the number of repairers available at the beginning.

The service has saved some visitors hundreds of pounds and yet the Repair Café is essentially free to the public but reliant on generous donations from users.

This year Chris and Jan plan to hold 18 Repair Cafés introducing mobile workshops with the first taking place in Hanley Swan on March 29.

Chris said he thought the idea would be popular in Malvern due to the high proportion of elderly residents and the town’s history for innovation and practicality.

“We are extremely pleased it has taken off from day one. It has constantly been improving in terms of numbers and we are just absolutely delighted.”

The next Repair Café takes place between 10am and 2pm on Saturday (January 18) at the Malvern Cube.

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