Bin It? No Way!

Event date:
5th December 2021
The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre

Today we are so used to throwing away our old stuff and replacing it with new, far more so than we have ever done before and often when there’s actually very little that’s wrong with it. Very few of us even think about the possibility of repairing old things, especially if we don’t know how to. REPAIR CAFE aims to help us see our possessions in a new light and to appreciate their value.

Volunteers from The Alston Moor group, armed with varied skills from lifetimes of mending and reusing, will be operating a repair workshop at the Sill, and invite you to bring along any items that you would like to repair. For example, you may have a hair dryer that’s stopped working, or a favourite jumper that needs darning or a lawn mower that doesn’t start. Maybe you have a new zip for that jacket but are not sure how to fit it, or a tear in that favourite pair of trousers. All electrical items are PAT tested, so you can be assured that they will be safe to use when you get them home.

As long as you can carry it, bring it along and these skilled volunteers will assess and, where possible, carry out repairs whilst you wait. This is also an ideal opportunity too for you to acquire new skills and learn how to repair these items yourselves as they will be happy to share their trade secrets with you.

By carrying our repairs, you reduce the volume of raw materials needed to be mined and quarried, and the energy required to make new products. Furthermore, repairing instead of throwing away helps to reduce waste to landfill and the impact that has on the landscape and the wider environment.

But above all, 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?

The Repair Café will be open from 10am until 3pm.

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House Rules

  • The work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the repair experts at hand.
  • Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair experts on site can help if necessary.
  • The fact that the repairs are being performed by unpaid volunteers reflects the allocation of risks and limitation of liability: neither the organisers of the Repair Café nor the repair experts are liable for any loss that may result from advice or instructions concerning repairs, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss or for any other kind of loss resulting from work performed in the Repair Café. The limitations set forth in these house rules shall not apply to claims declared justified on the basis of liability arising by virtue of applicable consumer protection legislation which cannot be lawfully superseded.
  • A voluntary donation is greatly appreciated.
  • Any use of new materials such as leads, plugs, fuses or applications will be paid for separately.
  • Visitors offering broken items for repair do so at their own risk.
  • Experts making repairs offer no guarantee for the repairs carried out with their help and are not liable if objects that are repaired in the Repair Café turn out not to work properly at home.
  • Repair experts are entitled to refuse to repair certain objects.
  • Repair experts are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.
  • Visitors to Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken objects that could
  • not be repaired.
  • To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE broken item per person

For further details please contact [email protected]