Cottenham's Repair Cafés have been running for two-and-a-half years, and are now established as the village's favourite way to get everyday items fixed. At the November 2016 Repair Cafe, we were brought 29 items, and we fixed 18 of them, giving advice on the remainder. We don't charge anything for this, but if you feel like it, you can leave a donation. After expenses, we were able to make a substantial donation to the Community Centre, which is very gratifying.
If you have something that's broken, or needs adjusting or sharpening, why not bring it along to the next Repair Café? We repair all kinds of things - from bikes to toasters to baby buggies, radios, computers, printers, ornaments, clothes - anything you can carry, in fact! We like to show you how we do it, so that if it happens again, you can do it yourself. Both repairers and repairees have a very enjoyable and rewarding time.
If you're a whiz at repairing things, and can spare a few hours on Saturday, come along as a repairer - show what you can do, and learn new repair techniques from other repairers. We have a very comprehensive toolkit and supply of consumables, donated by Draper Tools and Mackays of Cambridge, so you don't even need to bring your own tools, unless you want to!
Book here to let us know you're coming, and then please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us what you're planning to bring for repair - or if you're a repairer, the kinds of things you're good at fixing.
We look forward to seeing you there!
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Absolutely anything you can carry! (We don't promise we can repair it, of course.)
Is it essential to book beforehand?
No, you can just turn up. You may have to wait, but there's a lovely coffee shop to wait in!
However, it's really helpful to let us know in advance what you're bringing, and what the problem is, in case we need to bring special tools or spares.
Is there any restriction on what you will tackle?
In fairness to everyone who's waiting, we limit ourselves to 20-30mins per item, which means we can only do very limited things to Apple products, laptops, digital cameras - but if it's something simple, you might be lucky.....
We do ask that what you bring is reasonably clean, so that working on it isn't too unpleasant!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Please note that there is no parking outside the Community Centre. Please park elsewhere in the village, and hand-carry your item to us.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Call 0845 123 2688, or email email@example.com.
Can I make a donation?
If you are pleased with the result, you can make a small donation. This helps to pay for any spares used in the repair, and also pays for a cup of coffee for the repairer. Any profit goes to the Community Centre.
Can I bring more than one thing?
Yes, but if we're busy, we'll make you go to the back of the queue with the second item.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, this isn't important.