PEOPLE across Bromsgrove will be able to have broken household appliances given a new lease of life at a new monthly repair cafe from 2pm to 5pm on March 5.
Held at the All Saints Hall, residents will be able to have their items fixed or at least diagnosed so advice can be given on spare parts.
The Bromsgrove one will become part of the network of repair cafes designed to keep household appliances out of landfill.
Visitors will be able to have a cup of tea or coffee while they wait for the work to be carried out and watch their volunteer ‘expert’ so the repair skills can be passed on.
Organiser Ros Cooke said: “Bring us your wobbly chair, blunt shears, faulty hairdryer, printer, snagged jumper or jammed trouser zip.
“We do not guarantee a successful repair of your item, but we will give an honest assessment and attempt to make it work again.
“We only ask for a donation to help keep us going.”
A grinding machine will help people sharpen their gardening tools.
The only issue the group will have is with some newer electrical or electronic goods as many modern items are designed not to be repaired.
The other exceptions are microwaves, mobile phones and TVs – which the group is unable to repair, along with items already under warranty.
The group also wants to hear from people who can volunteer their repair skills.
Customers need to sign a disclaimer to be reassured they do not have to perform miracles.
The cafe is fully insured with a first-aider on hand at all times.
The hall is spacious with good social distancing and parking is available.
Marion Kenyon, CEO NewStarts said: ”It’s fantastic that Bromsgrove has now got a repair cafe, where much-loved and used items can be repaired to lengthen their lives, which is very much in line with NewStarts protecting the environment work”
Benefactors to date include Harris Brush, NewStarts, Broad Street DIY, Morrisons, Worcester Repair Cafe and Bromsgrove District Council.
After March 5, the cafes will be held on the first Saturday of the month at the hall on Burcot Lane, behind the Crab Mill Pub.
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