Cambridge's Next Repair Café

Abbey Repair Café

Date: Sat 25 Feb
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Venue: East Barnwell Community Centre, 680 Newmarket Rd CB5 8RS

Cambs Repair Café Network are teaming up with local charity Abbey People to run the first Repair Café in Abbey ward. Bookings for the Abbey community have been open from late January, and we're now taking bookings from the wider public here. We'll have a limited number of walk-in slots on the day, and plenty of tea, coffee and cakes on sale in our café.

More upcoming Repair Cafés around Cambs:

Burwell Sat 4 Feb 1.30pm - 4.30
Gt Shelford Sat 11 Feb 2pm - 4.30pm
St Ives Sat 18 Feb 1pm - 4pm
Bassingbourn Sun 5 Mar 2pm - 5pm

Further details at Cambridge Carbon Footprint here

What to expect at a Repair Café

When you bring your broken item to a Repair Café, you'll be able to discuss the problem with a volunteer repairer who'll check it over and hopefully fix it. You can help them too if you like - we hope you will :)

Please help Repair Café organisers by booking beforehand if possible, so they can book you a repair slot, do background research on your item and save time for more repairs on the day.

What you can book in

Depending on the skills and experience of volunteers at each event, we are usually able to tackle small household appliances and electronics, bikes, textile repairs, garden tools and jewellery. We don't take TVs or microwaves unless we have a specialist on the team. And we don't usually take on mobile phone or tablet repairs as there are several reliable repair businesses locally. If we can't help with your item, we'll try and suggest a next step.

Do I need to pay?

Repair Cafés are free events, but we are grateful for any donations (cash please, we don't have a card reader) so we can cover our costs.

Tea and cake!

It wouldn't be a Repair Café without refreshments, so sit down and enjoy a cuppa and a cake while you're with us.

New - electrical waste recycling collection point

During most Repair Cafés there will have a recycling bin for small electrical items which are beyond repair. You can put most small items with a plug, battery or cable in the recycling bin, but we can’t take smoke alarms, damaged batteries, pressurised cylinders, laptops or screens.

The Cambridgeshire Repair Café network is a partnership between Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, and is supported by Mackays and Drapers Tools.

We continue to support groups in Cambridgeshire villages who run their own Repair Cafes, and run training sessions for new groups in Cambridgeshire who would like to set one up locally.

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