25th January – another successful day repairing at St George’s Church

The Repair Cafe was very busy, with new faces and regular attenders.

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IMG_3379Here Dan is fathoming the drum brake of an old dutch bike.

Dan is busy fathoming the workings of an old dutch bike.

IMG_3402As the day progressed more bikes arrived. Dan managed to fixed 5 in total.

IMG_3398Repairs included a broken watch strap, which was fixed with leather adhesive..

IMG_3393IMG_3394…loose elastic in a pair of trousers was reined in…

IMG_3388…the elbow of an old cardigan was darned…IMG_3403and a ripped toe on a bean frog was sewn up by Milly to give it a new lease of life.

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All the fun at the Bridge Circus

We were delighted to be invited to be part of Brighton Universities Bridge Circus in December. The event launched The True Value of Materials exhibition in the Grand Parade Gallery and brought together some amazing designers, innovators, businesses and academics.

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We held a two day repair cafe in the university and enlisted a group of furniture, product and architecture design students from the foundation course at University for the Creative Arts to help people to repair their stuff.

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The panniers on the ladies bike kept getting caught in the back wheels and were going to rip,IMG_1815

so Sam went to work to make a frame for them to be attached to.

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He cut some plywood down to the size needed, drilled holes in it then used cable ties to attach the panels.

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put the panniers back on the bike

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and fixed them in place using the straps.

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Then Callum went to work on the basket.

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replacing the broken wicker base with a piece of plywood cut down to size

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and using cable ties to attach it through holes drilled into the wood.

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Then Mark lent a hand

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and they attached the basket back on the bike

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Screwing and strapping it back into place IMG_1919

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 and taking pride in their handy work.

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Meanwhile Jonathan, Mark and Jack went to work replacing another bikes inner tube…

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Christine taught Tom, Krzysz and Mark how to crochet and they helped her repair the blanket her dog had been munching on!

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 Whilst Hatice, Dilan and Claire showed off their sewing skills
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Joshua and Victoria learnt to darn their gloves.
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Dan fixed a DVD player
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All in all it was a busy couple days with lots of people popping by for a chat and to find out more about what we were doing.

Bike Tastic!

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Thanks to our lovely new volunteers Dan and Roberto we were able to offer bike repairs at the November repair café.

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Several bikes were adjusted, tyres fixed, baskets and lights attached and diagnosis for further repair was conducted.

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Dan demonstrated his versatility by getting stuck in with other repairs…

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fixing among other things this old keyboard that needed taking apart and cleaning before reassembling

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and hey presto it came back to life!

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As usual Mattia was busy with electrical repairs

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and Roberto was shown the ropes

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Izzie helped with clothing repair teaching one lady how to set up and use the sewing machine

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Sadly, through group consultation this lamp was deemed beyond repair due to how it had been manufactured.

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But many other items were saved from becoming waste in just 4 hours!

Next Saturday…

bring your bikes, electricals, socks and other knitwear, textiles and clothing and jewellery to repair at St George’s Church in Kemp Town (you know, the funky big white church where they hold ace gigs).

We will be there from 11am-2pm with volunteers and tools on hand to help you and there will be tea, cake and a lunches available at the Seven Bees Café.

All you need to bring are your items to repair and some pennies for refreshments and a discretionary donation towards the running cost of the Repair Café.

START THE YEAR AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON, LEARNING NEW SKILLS, MEETING NEW PEOPLE AND GETTING THAT ……………………… FIXED!

Happy New Year!

The Brighton Repair Café gang would like to wish you all a

Happy New Year!

If you are busy making resolutions for the year ahead why not make one of them a promise to yourself that you will repair one of your possessions rather than throw it away…

Come and escape the January blues and the sales and join us for the next repair café on

25th January 11am-2pm

at our usual venue – St George’s Road, Kemp Town, Brighton BN2 1ED