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Repair Cafe 18th May

Well, cake definitely makes the world go round……or at least the GrOws Repair Café!  The tea hatch was bursting with the most delicious array of homemade cakes that were totally irresistible and kept everyone happy all afternoon!  Thank you to all our wonderful bakers!


This was only our second event and it was definitely bigger and better than our first, receiving 70 items this time and it is so exciting to see it GrOw!   There is a lot of work that goes into organizing these events, both front-of-house and behind the scenes, so it is good to see so many people using the facility….thank you for coming and thank you for your generous donations.  We had such a jolly and, more importantly, successful afternoon and repaired 56 of the 70 items received.  (Please see the stats below).  This is well up on our café in March and a HUGE achievement by our 10 volunteer repairers in only three hours.  A massive Thank You to them all.   We welcomed five new volunteer repairers on to the team this month, one who has joined us from Upham (textiles) and another from Bishops Waltham(ceramics).  It is important that we can offer a good range of skills and we are gradually seeing our skill set grow, so thanks must go to the people who are generously giving their time for this to happen.   Our repairers are our mainstay……they bring a lot of joy to those that have a cherished, well used item that needs tlc.  One of the items brought in on Saturday was a much-loved candle holder from someone’s time as a student back in the 70s….mended!  Another was a child’s bubble blowing machine….mended!  Another was a child’s ceramic bedside lamp…..mended!  So you can see, we can take in quite a diverse range of items.


Thank you to everyone who took part, from the repairers, “tea ladies” and numerous cake bakers to those that helped set up and take down.  It can’t happen without you all so we are incredibly grateful for all the effort that you put in.


We have decided to move the date for our next event forward to the 6th July so please do put it in your diaries.  Posters go up nearer the time to indicate the skills that will be on offer on the day.  Keep an eye open and we look forward to welcoming you then.

May Statistics

Owslebury GrOws’ First Repair Café


We had a very successful inaugural event in Owslebury’s Parish Hall on 16th March. It started slowly, which was not a bad thing – nerves needed to be calmed! But it was not long before our nine repairers were busy returning items to working order. We saved 52kg from landfill and prevented 468kg of CO2 emissions (don’t ask how that is calculated…the Restart Project’s Fixometer does the tricky stuff for us!)

There was a very good turn out from the area….some just came for a peek or to enjoy the café (the home-made cakes were delicious!) but most came armed with things for repair. Our “master sharpener!” was kept extremely busy with a stream of secateurs needing sharpening, and we saw a good range of other things from a church hassock that needed re-backing to an electric fence that had given up the ghost. The feedback was 100% positive.

There was a definite buzz in the air (and not due to an electrical malfunction!) It was rather wonderfully old-fashioned…..people coming together to meet, share laughter, chat, enjoy delicious cakes and have a much-loved item brought back to life. What’s not to like!

We would love to get more people involved and are still looking for people to join our team of repairers. If you are a dab hand at fixing bikes, sewing, mending jewelry or just a general Mr or Mrs Fix-it then please do get in touch.

And finally, of course, thank you to all those who came along and gave it a try. It was you that made the Repair Café such a success. We hope you will spread the word, have a good rummage through those drawers and cupboards, and come back to see us on 18th May!

For more information: Monica 07986938455 / Nicky 079602531 Txt or leave a message if there is no reply