June Repairs at the Bevy

IMG_2350A list of all the repairs achieved during our June day at the Bevy, in Tom’s beautiful handwriting.

IMG_2308Dan changes the fuse on Bab’s hairdryer

IMG_2299and also helps Alan diagnose the problem with a Mitre saw, of which the switch component is broken.IMG_2326 Attempts are made to glue the broken part, but as it is very small and the glue not strong enough, a new component will need to be sourced before it can be fixed.

IMG_2314Success is achieved with other electrical goods. Alan fixes the loose head and plug on Francis’ lamp.IMG_2283Shirley helps Hannah mend her frayed sofa cushions IMG_2269and finds time to darn a hole in her jumper.

IMG_2344IMG_2345With help from Tom, Natalia shortens and hems the sleeves on a cardigan using visible herring bone stitch.IMG_2267IMG_2317IMG_2337IMG_2335Ruth darns a Christmas jumper and mends the waistband on her vintage skirt,IMG_2348whilst Ali adds a new wooden foot to her sewing box.IMG_2339Ali modifies another of Betty’s chairs to make it easier for her to sit on, by shortening the legs.IMG_2288 IMG_2347All in all, a good day of repairs at the Bevy.

This Saturday…

We will have volunteers on hand to show you how to repair your broken electrical goods and things that need gluing, as well as any clothing that needs sewing or darning.

Sadly no bikes, furniture or jewellery this time. Unless anyone would like to offer their skills?

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May repairs at the Bevy…

IMG_9333Does anyone recognise this coffee grinder?! Mattia has fixed it, and we are now trying to
re-unite it with it’s owner!

IMG_9289Fernando’s present to Victoria and D, a beautiful teapot – has it’s chipped spout glued – with a special food safe adhesive. Now it is as good as new!

IMG_9327Alan takes on The Bevy’s broken fridge,
IMG_9300finding that all it needs is a fuse to bring it back to life.IMG_9299

Victoria helps a willing participant to restore her beloved jumperIMG_2161

 with a spot of darning.


IMG_9323Ross and Vikki donate a vintage sewing machine and show volunteers how to use it.


It proves great for machine darning.IMG_9308Father John’s cushions were brought in for some TLCIMG_9291after they were chewed by his dog!IMG_9305and are restored with hand and machine sewing.IMG_9312Alan shows Emma how to fix her fairy lights


meticulously checking each individual bulbIMG_2164

& bypassing the broken ones in the circuit.

IMG_9330Iain from Bike Brighton shows two people how to repair their bikes.


He demonstrates how to adjust the wheel if it is pulling to one side by tighten or loosen each spoke with a spoke wrench.IMG_2171

This Saturday 30th May


We will be back a The Bevy from 12-3pm.

We will have volunteers and tools on hand to help you with repairing:

Electical Goods
Clothes & Textiles
Anything that needs gluing
(sorry no furniture this time)

Bike Brighton will also be there to help you with bike maintenance

There will be a smoothie bike and great food served in the café.

What’s not to like? See you there!

In April

The Bevy community pub kindly invited us to hold our event in their café area.IMG_8985

This was our first time there and we were made to feel most welcome with a steady stream of  throughout the afternoon joining us to learn how to fix their things.


The first challenge was a sunrise alarm clockIMG_8997

which was fixed by creating a replacement part from a used food can from the kitchen!


Whilst Betty welcomed a new comer to the repair café and explained how it worksIMG_8979

Ali went to work on her stool in the sheltered outside areaIMG_8988

He cut the legs down


so that the stool would be the right height for Betty to sit comfortably.


Ali plans to make the offcuts into tool handles so that nothing is wasted!


The guitar pedal that was diagnosed at a previous repair cafe


was brought back for a follow up treatment


and to provide Mattia with a complex and ongoing repair challenge! 


The owner of the pedal also brought his home-made instrument made from a re-used cigar box


and amplified through an old analogue radio!


Tom brought along his darning to help him demonstrate to others how to create beautiful visible mends through using contrasting threads


Whilst outside BikeBrighton were busy all afternoon.


Plenty of bikes were brought along


for Iain to take a look at and help people to fix them up ready for the cycling season.


An innocent looking hairdryer


created quite a challenge when it came to trying to open it up.


Tom had to adapt a flathead screwdriver to fit the unusual head.


Even then it took both Tom and Mattia to get into the device!


Once inside it was possible to access the heat element and find out what had stopped it from working.


One lady brought her bell tent along as the zip had broken.


Eva assessed the best approach and advised where to get a replacement zip so that it could be brought to the next repair café to replace it.


The lever on a toaster was repaired after a little persuasion


and other electrical goods were assessed and their repairability discussed


All in all it was a successful day with these things repaired and more!

We are very excited…

Our next Repair Café which will be held at The Bevy a community owned pub in Bevendean!


Please share the flyer far and wide

We will be able to help you fix your:

Electrical Goods
Woollens that needs Darning
Items that need Glueing or Soldering

So why not bring them along?