Can they fix it? Yes, an Exmouth group can!

PUBLISHED: 16:30 24 February 2016

Laurence Scullion enjoys helping out at the Repair Cafe in theTower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3764. Picture: Simon Horn

Laurence Scullion enjoys helping out at the Repair Cafe in theTower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3764. Picture: Simon Horn

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An Exmouth community group has banded together to repair people’s broken and discarded items.

Andrea McAdam's skills with a sewing machine are put to the test at the Repair Cafe held in the Tower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3768. Picture: Simon HornAndrea McAdam's skills with a sewing machine are put to the test at the Repair Cafe held in the Tower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3768. Picture: Simon Horn

Churchgoer Jean Holden put out an appeal on social network Street Life for volunteers to meet at Tower Street Methodist Church, in Exmouth.

The 62-year-old said since meeting in November of last year that the Exmouth Repair Café now has 10 volunteers.

Jean explained they do not charge for repairs, and instead encourage donations. However, ordered parts will need to be paid for.

People have the opportunity to learn new skills in a friendly atmosphere, Jean added.

Mike Holden is kept busy at the Repair Cafe held in the Tower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3774. Picture: Simon HornMike Holden is kept busy at the Repair Cafe held in the Tower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3774. Picture: Simon Horn

She said: “I read about something similar in a magazine and thought it would be an excellent idea. I asked our minister and she gave us the go-ahead.

“It is an opportunity for people who don’t believe in discarding items on land fill sites or find it too expensive to have their items repaired.

“We are a fun, friendly group who work together in a nice environment. Our activities are a chance for people to learn new skills.

“I initially put out an appeal on social network Street Life. We started off with five volunteers and now we have 10, which I’m delighted with.”

Nick Worsfold works on repairing a food mixer at the Repair Cafe held in the Tower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3777. Picture: Simon HornNick Worsfold works on repairing a food mixer at the Repair Cafe held in the Tower Street Methodist Church on Saturday. Ref exe 06-16SH 3777. Picture: Simon Horn

For more information, contact Tower Street Methodist Church on 01395 263550, or email Jean at jeanattowerst@gmail.com

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