March’s Repair Cafe

We were at St George’s Church where we met Geraldine.

IMG_3958Who needed Sam’s help to fix her handbag…

IMG_3960 After unscrewing the clasp


and feeding the material back in the clasp was screwed back together and the repair was complete!


Mattia’s skills were needed by one of our youngest fixers yet


to help fix her toy train.


Mike brought along his broken FreeSat Recorder.

IMG_3956The circuit board was taken out after a bit of persuasion IMG_3961to change one of the resistors


and although we couldn’t test it at the time Mike emailed us when he got home to say it was fixed.


Mattia went on to help another chap fix his speakers.


Tom showed us some new darning techniques


and a lovely old darning mushroom with a built-in light (with original battery)!

Our next event…

Will be at Circus Street Community Space4which is at the Old Municipal Market on Circus Street (behind the Blind Tiger & next to the Wood Recycling Store)

circusstreet01On Saturday 12th April 11.00-14.00

Bring your bikes, electricals, textiles and jewellery to repair with the help of our volunteers and tools.

There isn’t a café in this space but you are welcome to bring a flask and cake to share
& the Soup Dept. in the Wood Recycling Store next door will be open.

Brighton Repair Café’s 1st Birthday Party

BRC Studio printing

After printing the postersIMG_3725We put them up around Kemp Town.

The talented Lucy Jane Keay made us bunting and sent it down from Scotland.

IMG_3915We dusted off the badge making machine

IMG_3926and made limited edition badges,


 whilst getting St George’s Church ready for the party.IMG_3932

Iain from Seven Bees Café prepared a feast of delicious mexican food
& Izzie made two birthday cakes!


 Then the place filled up as the bands started playing.


The Dobly Brothers gave a great performance of covers accompanied by D on piano for one number.IMG_5578

The talented guitarist and singer Jackos joined the marvellous Irish folk band Homebrood on stageIMG_5565

Some fantastic youngsters got up and sang with Steve from the Dobly Brothers.IMG_3942

In between sets Jon from Homebrood played some swing and him and his wife showed off their moves.IMG_5575

I got to chat with Nigel (of Nigel’s Eco Store) and relax with a few beers – they weren’t all mine!IMG_5576

Volunteers like our wonderful darning expert Tom of Holland got to relax for the evening.


But our new mascot for the night wore out some of the guests on the dance floor!


February’s Repair Café


brought some new faces


who were shown how to darn


and patchIMG_3543

to make links


in order to fix jewellery


We had a visit from a lady who is knitting a map of Brighton


& Dan fashioned a nifty bike basket rack


out of coat hangers!