Repair Café comes to Tring

Updated: Apr 11

We're happy to announce:

We've had an outstanding response to our request for help to set up a Repair Café in Tring. Dacorum Borough Council have provided additional funding and over 20 volunteer repairers have stepped up to help so far.

We're looking forward to our first session, from 10:30 to 13:00 at the High Street Baptist Hall (89 High Street, Tring, HP23 4AB) on Saturday the 15th January (and then on the third Saturday each month)

What is Repair Café?

Repair Café is a place where people can gather and fix those objects from everyday life that would otherwise end up in landfill. You will be able to bring broken items that need a quick fix and our a happy band of repairers who will do their best to help. You might even learn how to mend it yourself next time round.

We'll have people who could fix toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, toys, musical instruments, electronic devices, bikes and more.

Here's more info on how it works:

  • The work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the volunteer repair experts at hand.

  • Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair experts on site can help if necessary.

  • The fact that the repairs are being performed by unpaid volunteers reflects the allocation of risks and limitation of liability. Neither the organisers of the Repair Café nor the repair experts are liable for any loss that may result from advice or instructions concerning repairs, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for indirect or consequential loss or for any other kind of loss resulting from work performed in the Repair Café. The limitations set forth in these house rules shall not apply to claims declared justified on the basis of liability arising by virtue of applicable consumer protection legislation which cannot be lawfully superseded.

  • A voluntary donation is greatly appreciated.

  • Any use of new materials such as leads, plugs, fuses, ready-made kneebends 
or applications will be paid for separately.

  • Visitors offering broken items for repair do so at their own risk.

  • Experts making repairs offer no guarantee for the repairs carried out with their help and are not liable if objects that are repaired in the Repair Café turn out not to work properly at home.

  • Repair experts are entitled to refuse to repair certain objects.

  • Repair experts are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that 
cannot be repaired.

  • Visitors to Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken objects that could not be repaired.

  • To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE broken item per person will be examined. The visitor will join the back of the queue if there is a second item for repair.

More about Repair Café

The Repair Café concept arose in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2009, and was devised by Martine Postma who was at the time a journalist. In 2010 she started the Repair Café International Foundation which provides support to the 2,000 plus repair cafes that have sprung up around the world since that time. Their slogan: Bin it? No way!

Repairs can save money and resources and can help minimise CO2 emissions. But above all Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be and how easy it often is.

See you soon

It may take us a few sessions to find our stride and make everything run smoothly so please bear with us initially.

We're really looking forward to making a difference and providing a friendly community service Jan Rook, Ken Douglas and John McKewan

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