Repair cafe marks first year of stitching, soldering and singing
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 November 2016
Exmouth’s Repair Café celebrated its first birthday on Saturday at Tower Street Methodist Church.
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.
“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.