Farnham Repair Café update – SGF 11

Farnham Repair Café update – episode 11

Farnham Repair Café update is a podcast made as part of the Surrey’s Greener Future initiative.

Surrey County Council asked people to submit ideas to help combat the climate crisis in September 2019 . They selected ten ideas from the submissions and Environmental podcasts is one of them.

The Repair Café Conference:

I last met Martin Charter in early March 2020 at the Repair Café Conference just before the first Covid 19 lockdown in the UK. You can listen to the podcast about the conference by clicking here. Martin tells me about the activities that have taken place in support of the conference because over 80 people attended.

Many might think that a pandemic would stop the enthusiasm. Not so!

Farnham Repair Café over the past year:

Martin tells us that there have been repairs. They considered a number of ways in keeping in touch with their customers. The have been using a ‘drop off’ model. This model has achieved a better success ratio than the traditional Repair Café concept. This is because, with the traditional ‘drop in’ concept the team has no idea what will arrive, whereas the items for ‘drop off’ are ‘triaged’ before being accepted.

The target for September:

Planning progresses for a return to ‘drop in’ from mid-September. The Repair Café is moving to a larger hall within the Spire Church in the centre of Farnham. This will enable the team to expand.

They’ve been recruiting new repairers and are willing to repair many things. There are restriction – no petrol or gas items – and there are restrictions around some electrical goods. Oh… another thing – you must be able to bring it in to the venue, by hand!

Take the opportunity to contribute to our greener future:

Bring your items for repair, extend their life! The Government has passed ‘right to repair’ legislation so repair is going to become more usual!

Listen to the podcast to find out more!

You can find out more about the Farnham Repair Café here. Their Facebook page is here.

The ‘Surrey’s Greener Future’ podcasts:

Please use any of the material in order to support your own initiatives to Combat Climate Change because each of us really can make a difference!

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Author: Tim D

In the early 1970s Mr Timothy & his Phonograph was a popular mobile disco around Leeds University and Tim was known as MrT. Tim also spent 9 years broadcasting a weekly programme on Hospital Radio in Wakefield. He worked for more than 40 years for large industrial organisations and spent his last 15 years in global commercial management roles. Following retirement he started making podcasts in 2017.