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 MARCH 27th

The Project goes on:  A total of £5,000 has so far been raised to support the Staff of Salisbury Hospital and we have decided that in the present circumstances we will continue to support these brave workers working on our behalf in such difficult conditions.

Man of the Month
Our Star Performer this month has to be Roy Powell who has been busy revitalising this amazing Toy Dolls Shop which was donated to us, to allow us to raise further funds for The Salisbury Hospital Staff.
‘Lover Laptops for Learning’ –  As well as the NHS Support Project, we have now had 10 laptops offered to us for cleaning & upgrading.  It is hoped that in due course all will be given to The Trafalgar School, Downton for use by those in real need of this I.T. equipment.
Redlynch Pre-school – We are also pleased to say that we have been able to help our local pre- school during these difficult financial times.

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?