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Repair Café revolution brings broken items back to life in Buckinghamshire

| January 29, 2020

(Image supplied by Buckinghamshire County Council)

Residents of Buckinghamshire are being encouraged to visit County’s Repair Cafés to mend broken items by Buckinghamshire County Council.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places where people come together to repair things. Visitors to the cafés bring their broken items from home and working together with specialists they make repairs which returns the broken items back to useful life rather than becoming part of the vast amount of rubbish our society produces.

Worldwide there are over 1,500 Repair Cafés while Buckinghamshire is now home to three.

There has been a Repair Café is Marlow for over a year, Aston Clinton has just recently held its first event and Princes Risborough will be holding its first during February 2020.

The volunteer groups are being supported by Buckinghamshire County Council and a call is being put out for any other groups that want to get started.

Bill Chapple OBE, Buckinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Planning & Environment, said: ‘It’s been called the throwaway society – the tendency to simply replace an item with something new when the slightest fault or damage occurs. The old item just becomes waste, even though it could have easily been repaired with a little time and some basic know-how.

That’s where the Repair Café comes in. It’s a place where people get together to share practical knowledge, and have fun mending and repairing their things to give them a new lease of life. Repairing has a double environmental benefit – not only does the old item not have to be disposed of as waste, but Earth’s valuable resources don’t have to be used in the manufacture of a replacement.

So if you have a broken item, want to volunteer your skills or just want to find out what it’s all about, why not pop along to the next Repair Café near you?

The next Repair Café sessions in Buckinghamshire are:

  • Marlow : Saturday 1st February 2020.
  • Aston Clinton : Saturday 8th February 2020.
  • Princes Risborough : Thursday 13th February 2020.

Further information on Repair Cafés can be found at https://repaircafe.org/en/about/ while information on the Repair Cafés in Bucks can be found at https://www.recycleforbuckinghamshire.co.uk/repair-cafe/.

Information on the local Repair Cafés can be found at :

*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire County Council.

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