Royston repair cafe offers advice

Chris Lee and NHDC’s customer services director John Robinson.

Chris Lee and NHDC’s customer services director John Robinson. - Credit: Archant

Owners of broken items wanting to learn about basic repairs are invited to a free event in Royston on Sunday.

Volunteer repairers will be on hand at the Market Hill Rooms from 10am to 1pm to assess bicycles, clothes, electrical and other items and, if possible, fix them.

A new feature at the fourth Royston Repair Cafe is a series of short advice sessions including a sewing surgery at 10.30am, table lamp troubleshooting at 11am and a puncture repair demonstration at 11.30am.

Co-organiser Chris Lee said: “Often repair success is about having a bit of self-confidence and a basic understanding of how everyday items work. The demonstrations mean people can learn while they wait to see a repairer, finding out about even more ways to save money through repair and re-use.”

Chris was presented with ten free Royston Leisure Centre swimming vouchers after winning first prize in North Herts District Council’s ‘Waste Less Live More’ resourceful challenge. His winning entry was a patio table made entirely from recycled builders’ palettes.

The Royston Freecycle event is free, thanks to sponsorship by EnlightKS, and support from volunteers, but people with broken items are asked to book in advance at to make sure the right repairers are available.

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