Repair café returns to breathe new life into old devices

10 May 2017

A popular café run by volunteers who specialise in repairing broken household items and clothes will be returning to Fulbourn on Saturday 13 May.


Fulbourn Repair Café is a social community event where local people can take their broken items to be fixed, free of charge, by a team of multi-skilled repairers.


Per capita, Britain is one of the top five nations creating electronic waste with the average household throwing out 24kg each year, almost half of which goes straight into landfill. Yet, many of those items could be given a new lease of life with a simple repair.


Organised by Fulbourn Forum with the support of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge, Fulbourn Repair Café aims to help tackle the rise of the throwaway culture by reducing the number of items going into the waste stream, saving people money and preserving traditional repair know-how and skills.


The café will take place from 2pm to 5pm in the Townley Hall at the Fulbourn Centre, Home End in Fulbourn.


If you have any tired or broken items needing a new lease of life, from small household appliances, electrical items, computers and mobile phones to bicycles, clothes, gadgets and general bits ‘n’ bobs, book them in at to be sure of a slot, or just turn up on the day. 


Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member, with responsibility for waste and recycling, said: “A lot of attention has been placed on recycling in recent years and we often overlook the opportunity to reuse and get the maximum life out of our household items, lacking the necessary know-how to fix them.


“Our repair cafes have been building momentum since we launched the South Cambridgeshire roving Repair Café network last year and we have been blown away by the amazing support from local volunteer repairers.”


“If you have any household items that are broken, bring them along to be repaired and maybe pick up a few repairs skills at the same time.”


For more information on this and other Repair Cafes coming up soon, including how to book items in for repair, please visit