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.

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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!

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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

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

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

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The guitar pedal that was diagnosed at a previous repair cafe

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was brought back for a follow up treatment

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

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

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and amplified through an old analogue radio!

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

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Whilst outside BikeBrighton were busy all afternoon.

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Plenty of bikes were brought along

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

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An innocent looking hairdryer

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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The lever on a toaster was repaired after a little persuasion

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and other electrical goods were assessed and their repairability discussed

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

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