Want to help break a World Record? Bring your broken gadgets to the Big Fix!

Posted on: 29 January 2019

Residents across Devon are being urged to hold on to any broken electrical items to help break a world record in Exeter next month.

The Big Fix is on Saturday 23 February and is the headline event of the 3rd Annual Reuse Week, which showcases the work of Devon’s many and varied Reuse organisations.

All the events, including the Big Fix, are run by local reuse charities and community groups, and this year it will run over the February half term and will have a family focus.

Reuse Week kicks off on Saturday 16 February with Turntable in Exeter holding one of their popular bric-a-brac sales.

Turntable’s sustainable garden planters and bird tables are made from recycled wood and are particularly popular. If they don’t have the exact thing you are looking for they would be happy to create something bespoke for your garden.

From Tuesday 19 February to Saturday 23 February Tiverton T.A.C.T are running ‘Give and Take’ events.

‘Give or Take’ gives people the chance to donate unwanted items and for others, who may need them, to take them away for free. Please feel free to donate any bits you might have and have a good browse while you are there.

On Saturday 23 February Chagford charity ‘Proper Job’ is running a series of workshops where you can learn how to maintain your bike or have an experienced bike fixer look at it for you.

There will be a tool sharpening session and ‘Sewing with Sue’, so if your skills need an update or you would like advice on a project pop along. All events incur a small charge and are bookable in advance via Eventbrite.

The same day Dawlish are running their Fix Fest in aid of the Friends of Dawlish Hospital, so pop in with your broken electrical items and see if their professional menders can fix it for free. Homemade cake and refreshments are available as well.

The climax of the week is the BIG FIX. This event is run by Exeter Repair Café and Devon County Council. It aims to beat the record for the most items fixed in one repair café, which currently stands at 232.

The event takes place at Belmont Chapel, Exeter from 10am to 4pm and residents with faulty possessions like radios, hairdryers, coffee grinders, mobile phones, curling tongs and computers are asked to bring them along on the day.

On the day there will be advice sessions held by a variety of people including upcycler Figgy Chambers (Steampunk Fairy). Tech experts will be on hand to help you set up a new device or simply get the best from the ones you have.

There will be a teddy bear hospital to make repairs to cuddly toys and Exeter Scrapstore will be there with fun junk modelling sessions for the little ones.

And if you have ever wondered what the inside of a mobile phone looks like, then members of the Restart project will have old phones that you can take a part and put back together.

Councillor Andrea Davis, the chairman of the Devon Authorities Strategic Cllr Andrea DavisWaste Committee said:

“Reuse Week is all about encouraging people to think before they throw something away when maybe someone else could use it or perhaps, with a bit of TLC, it could be repurposed or repaired.

“Throughout the week charities, enterprises and community groups who run reuse related projects will be showing what they do and how they get the most out of things we no longer want.

“The finale of the week is the Big Fix. More than 75% of the small electrical items that come into our recycling centres are repairable and I would urge everyone who is about to throw a broken electrical appliance away to bring it along.

“There are so many skilled fixers working in Devon’s Repair Cafes and I’m sure we have a good chance of breaking the record – but we need your broken gadgets to do it.”
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