Lover Repair Café

OPENING HOURS
Normally every Wednesday from 10am-12pm at Redlynch Village Hall, Vicarage Road, Lover SP5 2PG.
But during COVID-19 restrictions, temporary Drop-off & Pick-up every Wednesday and Friday
from 10am-12pm at Brambles nearly opposite the Hall.

Bring along your broken household items to be fixed!  Save on expensive repair costs or if you’re just not sure what is wrong with it.
Everything from ‘electricals’, lamps, vacuum cleaners, clocks, ceramics, toys and sewing repairs etc!
Also bring along those domestic items you don’t know how to throw away and we will recycle them for £1 per item.

NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT JUNE 11th
THINGS ARE CERTAINLY LOOKING BRIGHTER, IF THIS CONTINUES & GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS ALLOW, WE HOPE TO ANNOUNCE THAT IN AUGUST WE WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO A FULL “REPAIR CAFE MODE” IN REDLYNCH VILLAGE HALL.  WE ONLY WANT TO DO THAT IF WE NO LONGER NEED TO WEAR MASKS INDOORS.

Thank you all for your continued support.  Thanks also to our many Helpers.  As a matter of interest throughout the Covid period – 24 Specialist Helpers have been on hand to undertake repairs in their specialist skills and another 8 have been interested but ‘frozen out’ during the epidemic. We are pleased to announce that we have now provided the Salisbury Hospital with £6500 to support all hospital staff.

Trainee of the Month: We have a number of Helpers keen to learn new skills and one of these is Cheryl Reynard, who has been learning very fast and become very skilled in clock & watch repairs.  So we welcome her into the Team and Cheryl becomes our ‘Trainee of the Month’.
Lover Laptops for Learning –  This project is still active if you have any unwanted laptops that we can check/remove data/upgrade & offer to Pupils of Trafalgar School.  To date we have received 18 and supplied the School with 14.
Lover Village 50+  Garage Sale from 8.30 am on 3rd July.   Look out for us. We will have a stall selling items donated by our customers, anything from paintings to carpet cleaners.  We will also be available to take in any repairs or advise on repair actions.

Our Service: At present our Covid position enables us to have two (Jabbed) members of the Team available to receive the repairs on Wednesday & Friday mornings, with the excellent back-up of eight members of our Team in place to allow us to ‘farm out’ the repairs. We will phone you when your items are ready for pick-up. Therefore, if you have the opportunity to be passing Brambles, Vicarage Road, Lover, just drop your item off & before long your treasured item will be back with you in good order

Keeping You Informed: As you may know, we have a Facebook Site and we would encourage you to keep an eye on it as it is continually updated and includes a number of items that people have donated to the Repair Cafe, which we have checked over and are now ready for you to purchase.

As we have said before, we have a number of ‘Helpers from Home’  In fact at the  time of going to press we’re renovating an Antique Rocking Horse, a Pitch Fork, Marble Jewel Case, Type-Writer, Electric Generator, Table Lamps, Electric Heaters, Mantle Clocks, Dictionary Re-Covering, Old Toy Garage, Mowers etc

Our slogan is “Do Not Bin It We May Fix It”. Don’t forget, this is the routine for Drop-off and Pick-up on Wednesday & Friday between 10am & midday:-
(a) Come to the Drop-off Sign in Vicarage Road Lover
(b) Park on the field side of road, not in the driveway.
(c) Come in wearing masks (spares available), using the Sanitiser on entry.
(d) Check with a Helper that we can accept the Job
(e) Log your Job in at the Reception window. 
(f) We will contact you when the Item is ready for Pick-up
(g) We also give advice on any repair problem.
We will strictly follow all Government Guide Lines regarding social distancing etc. Contact Paul on 01725 510753 or at loverrepaircafe@gmail.com for further details.

What is a Repair Café?
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things. Visitors bring their broken items from home.  In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields: clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc.   Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.  There are over 1.500 Repair Cafés worldwide.

Why a Repair Café?
We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. Lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, and against their will they are often left standing on the sidelines. The Repair Café changes all that!  Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. The Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?