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Cambridge bid to smash repair cafe record

By Adrian Curtis

Can Cambridge break the cafe repair record for fixing stuff?
Can Cambridge break the cafe repair record for fixing stuff?

If you’ve got something that needs fixing then why not take it along to the cafe repair event?

Two Cambridge environmental organisations will attempt to run the world’s biggest repair café this Saturday (November 11).

Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge will host the event at Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, 10am until 6pm. They are hoping to beat the 150 repairs that took place at the biggest event so far in Vauréal, France in 2013.

The cafés match experienced repairers with people who need items fixing. The repair café movement started in Holland eight years ago. There is now a world network of more than 1,300 cafés. By 2021 there will be an estimated 5,000 repair cafés working with 50,000 volunteers and 145,000 visitors every month.

Cambridge is at the heart of the movement in the UK and repairers will be coming from all over the country to for the world record attempt.

Nicole Barton, one of the organisers said: “The repair café movement has really taken off in this part of the country, as it has it other parts of the world. People are delighted and sometimes even moved when an object they thought would never work again is brought back to life. Hopefully this world record attempt will inspire others to set up new cafés in their area.”

Draper Tools and Mackays of Cambridge will donate to the café a toolbox filled with tools at 11am on Saturday.


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