Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus

We’ve all got them … those slightly sorry, broken objects stuffed into the cupboard under the stairs.  You think you’ll get round to sorting them out one day.  Or if you’re not handy (like us here at New in Cambridge!), you try to find someone who can fix these things then realise that the humongous repair bill means that it probably makes more sense to chuck said objects out and buy new.  But for Cambridgeshire dwellers, there is a better way.

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
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The Royston Repair Cafe inspired Cambridge Carbon Footprint and Transition Cambridge to kickstart the Cambridgeshire repair cafe movement about four years ago,  to help reduce waste and promote skill sharing in a socially welcoming environment.  Fifteen groups now run repair cafes across the county and last year, Cambridge hosted the world’s biggest repair cafe, comfortably smashing the world record for the number of repairs made.

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: Cambridge Carbon Footprint
Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
Image credit: CCF

There’s a Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus happening on Saturday 22 September at St. Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, from 1 – 4pm.  It’s a simple system.  A whole range of experienced repairers volunteer their time and skills to fix all sorts of items from electricals to jewellery and bikes to books.  You either pre-book or just turn up (in which case there might be a short wait) with your object for repair.  There is no charge for mending things but donations are always welcome and Cambridge Carbon Footprint is grateful to Mackays and Draper Tools who sponsor and supply the tools used by the repairers.  Most things can be fixed but for the 15% of items that can’t, they’ll advise you on recycling and disposal.

 

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
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You’ll also find a sewing repairs skillshare.  Here you can learn basic sewing skills like hemming, darning and sewing on buttons that mean you can make simple repairs yourself in future.  And if you’ve got any unfinished sewing or knitting projects hanging around, they’ll help you get to grips with those too.

Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus
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There’s a draught proofing and repairs workshop with information on how to make your home cosier and cut your bills plus they’ll give you a free draught proofing pack to take away.  Perfect now that there’s definitely an autumnal nip in the air!

Cambridge Kids' Repair Cafe
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For the younger generation, there’s going to be a Kids’ Repair Cafe on Friday 26 October from 9.30am- 12.30pm.  It’s hosted by the Cambridge Film Festival at Arts Picturehouse and they’ll be screening environmental films including WALL-E through the day.  Children can bring consoles, mechanical toys, gaming devices, electronic toys, teddie and dolls.  As with all repair cafes, kids and their parent or carer stay with the repairers, using the process as a learning experience and helping to work out the best way to repair the broken toy.

I enjoyed meeting Nicole Barton, Volunteer and Events Organiser at Cambridge Carbon Footprint, to find out more about the repair cafes before writing this post.  As she says, we talk about throwing things away but where is “away”?  Nicole’s a woman with a lot of amazing statistics at her fingertips but one in particular blew my mind …..

….. if you repair a 13″ Macbook rather than chuck it out and buy a new one, you save the equivalent of 750kg of carbon

I’ll leave you with that thought!

http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org

http://www.transitioncambridge.org

http://www.circularcambridge.org

St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton, CB4 1DH

 

 

 

What’s on in September

Well, now we’re in to those last days of the summer holidays, there’s a distinctly autumnal nip in the air most mornings and a sort of back-to-school feeling, even for those of us who left school many moons ago.  Maybe it’s better thought of as a time for new beginnings!  Here’s the what’s on listing for September.  There’s plenty happening in the city and I’ll update through the month so do check back when you can.

All Saints Garden Cambridge
All Saints Garden

1st    12 – 4.30pm  Medieval Fair.  Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road CB5.  Free event.  http://www.cambridgeppf.org

1 – 30th    Cambridge Festival of Cycling.  Celebrating the city’s cycling culture. http://www.cambridgefestivalofcycling.org  Read more here

1 – 2nd    Oktoberfest Beer Festival, Jesus Green CB5.  http://www.cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

1 – 2nd    Taste of Anatolia.  Films from Turkey.  Facebook: tasteofanatolia

8th    9.30am – 2pm  Queen Edith’s Share Fair and Skip Day.  Wulfstan Way shops, Wulfstan Way CB1.  Pop up moneyless market to swap and share clothes, games, books, stories, skills, home grown fruit, veg, flowers and more.  http://www.queen-ediths.info/event/8sept2018

8th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival.  River Cam, Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton CB5.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events/dragon-boat-festival  Read more here

9th    From 8.30am  Bridge the Gap.  Depart from Parker’s Piece CB1.  A circular walk through the gardens of six Cambridge colleges, raising money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.  http://www.arhc.org.uk/bridge-the-gap.asp  Read more here

9th    3 – 5pm  Jazz on Jesus Green CB5.  The Alley Cats with saxophonist Alan Barnes.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events/events/jazz-and-brass-parks

11 – 29th    fig-futures.  A month of free performances, installations, film screenings and talks.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street CB3.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

14 – 15th    Open Cambridge.  http://www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk

15th    9.30am – 4pm  Madingley Hall Local Food Fair, Madingley Hall CB23.  Pop up Farmers’ Market showcasing local artisan food and produce.  Free entry.  http://www.madingleyhall.co.uk/events/local-food-fair

15th    10am – 4pm  Cambridge Buddhist Centre Open Day.  Tours, talks, meditation sessions and “Human Touch” photography exhibition.  38 Newmarket Road CB5.  http://www.cambridgebuddhistcentre.com

15th    10am – 5pm  All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane CB5.  Tours, history zone, quiz, textiles talk, organ recital, refreshments.  Free admission.

15th    11am – 5pm  Reading Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own”.  Literature Cambridge study day.  Stapleford Granary, Cambridge CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/room-2018  Read more here

15th    1pm  Phoenix Vocal Ensemble.  Mozart, Faure and Bruckner.  Great St Mary’s Church CB2.  Free admission.

15th    7.30pm  O Quam Gloriosum.  Music for the saints by Tomas Luis de Victoria.  De Profundis, Cambridge’s all male early music vocal ensemble.  Jesus College Chapel CB5.  Tickets on the door or from bit.ly/DPSaints

15 – 16th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Festival.  Parker’s Piece CB1.  Free entry.  http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

21 – 29th    10.30am – 5pm Cambridge Original Printmakers Biennale.  Pitt Building, Trumpington Street CB2.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgeoriginalprintmakers.com  Read more here

22nd    1 – 4pm  Cambridge Repair Cafe Plus.  St Andrew’s, Chesterton CB4 http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org  Read more here

22nd    7.30pm  The Academy of Great St Mary’s Orchestra.  Wagner, Brahms and Dvorak.  Great St Mary’s Church CB2.  http://www.adcticketing.com

23rd    10.30am – noon   Baby and Children’s Market.  Nearly new sales of kids’ stuff.  Cambridge Regional College CB4.  http://www.babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk

23rd    10.30am – 5pm  Milton Country Park Autumn Festival.  Milton, Cambridge CB24.  http://www.miltoncountrypark.org/autumnfestival  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 7 OCTOBER DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

25 – 27th    Sorted! Festival.  To celebrate the opening of Rising Path.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Brookside CB2  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

27 – 30th    Inspire Cambridge.  Home interest show.  Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge CB25.  http://www.inspireshows.co.uk/cambridge.html

28 – 29th    LifeLab  Celebrate science and join LifeLab investigators in events and activities exploring the latest breakthroughs and discoveries   www.camlifelab.co.uk

28 – 30th    Cambridge Art Fair.  Quy Mill Hotel, Cambridge CB25.  http://www.cambridgeartfair.com

30th    Open Eco Homes.  Ten eco homes in and around Cambridge open for householder led tours.   There’s a repeat of this event on 6th October.  Free but advance booking is essential.   www.openecohomes.org

30th    7.30pm  East Anglian Chamber Orchestra.  Mozart, Strauss and Sibelius.  West Road Concert Hall CB3.  http://www.adcticketing.com

Acorns on Jesus Green Cambridge
Acorns on Jesus Green