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Dover Repair Café, to fix rather than bin items, has begun in Biggin Hall

By Sam Lennon

A new event aimed at ending the throwaway society was held in Dover last week.

Children’s clothes were brought up to adult fitting, cracked ceramics were fixed and an unwanted jumper was changed into a cushion, complete with zip.

This was done at the town’s first repair café on Tuesday last week when people brought in broken items to fix or old ones to upgrade rather than binning them.

Amy Howie works on an overlocker machine at the repair workshop. Picture: Transition Dover
Amy Howie works on an overlocker machine at the repair workshop. Picture: Transition Dover

The work was done by visiting members of the public with the help of trained volunteers.

Monica Rakauskeite had brought along a treasured pinafore dress from her childhood that she wanted to change into an adult-sized skirt.

Frazer Doyle repaired ceramics in the style of Japanese Kintsugi where the cracks are emphasised with gold resin.

Other items fixed included various lamps, a DVD player, torn jeans, a hand blender, chairs and an electrical saw.

The repairs workshop's electricals table. Picture: Transition Dover
The repairs workshop's electricals table. Picture: Transition Dover

The event, at Biggin Hall, Biggin Street, was a partnership between voluntary environmental group Transition Dover, Future Foundry and Dover Big Local.

It was to encourage people to cut down on the waste caused by disposing of items when they are thought to be too expensive or difficult to repair.

n BLOB: The next Repair Café is again at Biggin Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Tuesday, March 27.

Contact transitiondover@yahoo.co.uk for further details or to volunteer to help.

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