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New West Bridgford Repair Café launches this month


A new community group is starting in West Bridgford to help local people repair items to bring them back into use and stop them being thrown away.

We all know just how much is thrown away of household items that could easily be repaired if only people knew how or where to get it done. Well now anyone can get advice, get things repaired and see it being done in an easy way.


The Victoria Repair Café is a volunteer-run group consisting of people with skills in repairing items such as clothing, garden tools, garden tools, bicycles and small electrical, mechanical or household items.

People just bring along the item and, if it can be fixed quickly, it will be done there and then with no charge for the time. If it can’t be repaired, they will get free advice on what to do.

The concept originated in Holland and is spreading in the UK.

The idea is that the Café is a social space where people can meet and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat.

Visitors bring their broken items and, while they are there, skilled volunteers with a range of practical skills will provide a quick repair and advice service.

There is no charge for advice and labour but voluntary donations are welcome.

They are organised by and for local residents.

Repair cafés are held at a location where tools are available and where they can fix their broken goods with the help of volunteers.

People are encouraged to watch and learn how the repair is done so they can do it themselves in future or pass the skill on to others. Its objectives are to reduce waste, to maintain repair skills and community cohesion.


The first event of the Victoria Repair Café is to be held on Saturday 23 March 2019 between 10 am and 2 pm.

Location is the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Hall, Victoria Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7NT.

All are welcome. S

Sponsorship from local companies – Rizk McCay and Frank Goulding Ltd.

If you are a local business who wants to leave your business card for visitors with more complex repairs you can send them to