Repair cafe marks first year of stitching, soldering and singing

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 November 2016

Mike Holden returns an ipod that had been stuck in a player . Ref exe 45-16TI 1367. Picture: Terry Ife

Mike Holden returns an ipod that had been stuck in a player . Ref exe 45-16TI 1367. Picture: Terry Ife

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Exmouth’s Repair Café celebrated its first birthday on Saturday at Tower Street Methodist Church.

Coral Embury fixing some jewellery at the repair cafe. Ref exe 45-16TI 1370. Picture: Terry IfeCoral Embury fixing some jewellery at the repair cafe. Ref exe 45-16TI 1370. Picture: Terry Ife

During the last 12 months, the café – started by some church members – has grown in popularity and success, welcoming around 200 people and their items in need of repair.

“The Repair Café’s success is due to its dedicated volunteers, who give up one Saturday each month,” said the church’s minister, the Reverend Beth McDowell. “They sign in visitors; stitch, solder and screw broken items back together; serve bacon sandwiches; scrub up in the kitchen; and serenade us with song.

“When starting a new venture, there is always hope that it succeeds, and the Tower Street congregation itself has celebrated a new beginning, following the sale of its buildings to a private buyer.

“The congregation continues as before with worship, coffee mornings, needlecraft and house groups.

The Repair Cafe's Jean Holden cuts the cake  with a junior hacksaw to celebrate their first birthday. Ref exe 45-16TI 1375. Picture: Terry IfeThe Repair Cafe's Jean Holden cuts the cake with a junior hacksaw to celebrate their first birthday. Ref exe 45-16TI 1375. Picture: Terry Ife

“But without responsibility for the upkeep of the buildings, it is able to focus its time on serving Exmouth with events such as the Repair Café and monthly Saturday lunches.”

The next Repair Café will be held in January. “Even if you’ve nothing to repair, you will be most welcome to come in, have a look around, and even stay for bite to eat,” said the Reverend McDowell.

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