By Nicola Coughlin
Saturday 5th November saw Lindfield Repair Cafe celebrate its first anniversary with a record number of visitors despite the terrible weather! 124 people attended, including several local dignitaries and loyal supporters.
The monthly event has become so much more than just a place to get repairs done. It is a real community hub for both volunteers and visitors who often remark on the lovely atmosphere, saying what a pleasant surprise it is. Local shopkeepers have even commented that the cafe is bringing new business to the village. The organisers, chiefly Trevor Carpenter who initially got the whole project off the ground, have been overwhelmed by the response and support of residents both local and from further afield, during the cafe's first year.
We would extend heartfelt thanks to:
Every volunteer who has given up their personal time to make this project a success.
Every visitor who brought along repairs and those who shared some precious memories
Everyone who has helped with funding or assistance. There are too many to mention them all here but they include HSBC who presented a cheque for £854 at the November event as part of their community sponsorship. Read more about our volunteers and sponsors
The kids' table
The Kids’ Table, unique to Lindfield Repair Cafe has been a big success. Projects have included:
Disassembling a stereo player
Disassembling and repairing toys
Taking apart and studying the inside of a computer
Painting their own porcelain egg, to take home
Making a recycled compostable plant pot and planting their own seed
Creating stencil paintings on their own recycled bag
Learning to sew
Being taught how to use an electric drill and doing basic woodwork
The Repair Cafe also welcomed several Community projects to their events:
Pre-loved Christmas toys were collected for Bentswood Hub.
Old computers were collected for Computers for Kids.
Collaboration with Fairer World Lindfield.
Lindfield Horticulture Society
Local Police Crime Prevention
How to Basically
Lindfield Hookers local crochet group.
Co-op Community Fund
LRC organisers are thrilled to announce that Co-op Members can officially support Lindfield Repair Cafe (Cause ID: 68101) as part of the Local Community Fund. If you would like to do this, please login to your co-op membership via the website https://www.coop.co.uk/ or the co-op app, go to the Community section and select Lindfield Repair Café or use the following link: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/68101