Repair it! Community repair events across Devon this autumn

Posted on: 26 August 2016

Communities across Devon can have their broken electrical items and gadgets fixed free of charge this autumn.

Between Saturday September 10 and Saturday November 19 Recycle Devon is holding a series of community repair events across each district in Devon as well as Torbay in Tiverton repair cafeconjunction with a variety of local organisations.

At these special REPAIR IT events, members of the public will be able to bring along any broken household electrical items, including computers, to be fixed by a team of volunteer menders, on the day – at no cost.

The events will run on weekend mornings (all but one on a Saturday) from 10am-12:30pm and repairs will be carried out on a first come, first served basis so please be prepared to wait.

Menders include local businesses such as Any Fix South West, retired electrical engineers and skilled members of local community groups such as Transition Newton Abbot and Tavistock.  Please note that they won’t be able to fix CRT TVs or monitors, electric blankets or microwaves, for safety reasons.

Emma Croft, Re-use Project Co-ordinator ,  who is organising the events, said: “Research shows that more than 75% of the small electrical items that come into our recycling centres could be back up and running if they were repaired.  These events are designed to help householders waste less and enable them to save money and resources by not having to replace something broken.”

The following events are taking place:

September
10th   Ivybridge Methodist Church Hall, Fore Street, PL21 9AB  with PL:21
17th   The Monastery, Berry Drive, Paignton, TQ3 3RD with Torbay Council and Anode
24th   Buckland & Milber Community Centre, Gilbert Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 4HS with Transition Newton Abbot

October
8th     Sidmouth Farmers Market, Kennaway House, EX10 8NG with Vision Group for Sidmouth
29th   Crediton Methodist Church Hall, Union Road, EX17 3AW with Sustainable Crediton

November
5th    Exeter Community Centre, 17 St David’s Hill, EX4 3RG with Transition Exeter
6th    Barnstaple Pannier Market, EX31 1SY as part of the 361 Energy Fair
12th  Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BX with Transition Tavistock
19th  The Old School Rooms, Bideford, EX39 2BU with Bideford Sustainability Group

To find out more about these events or to volunteer your skills, please get in touch with Emma on 07966 566435 or via emma.croft@devon.gov.uk.

4 comments on “Repair it! Community repair events across Devon this autumn

  1. David Spencer says:

    Will you be holding events in the new year?

  2. Bas PAYNE says:

    Great initiative – congratulations.
    Are we doing anything to name and shame manufacturers who don’t make spares available for tools that should last?
    I have a pair of expensive Wilkinson Sword loppers bought about three years back. The blade has a large chip in the cutting edge; but the manufacturers don’t make or sell spares – they offer to replace the whole tool, but that’s not really the point, because the old one ends up in landfill. When I bought them, the website quoted the availability of spares as evidence of their commitment to making quality tools that last. Sadly no longer the case …

    • Hi Bas, Thanks for your comment. Interesting point you make. I think the general consensus is that many consumer products are not built to last and in waste, resource and personal terms then that is an issue. Replacement parts are often a stumbling block at our repair events – buying the same item second hand for spares may provide a solution. Rest assured that any metal parts that end up at the recycling centres would be sent for recycling. Many thanks.

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