First community repair cafe declared a success

Local residents and visitors alike enjoyed the first community repair and repurposing cafe to be held in Richmondshire.

A wide variety of household items were brought to Richmond Town Hall on Sunday, challenging the skill and ingenuity of the ten volunteer fixers.

Bikes, radios, boots, a projector, jewellery, and a much-loved panda soft toy were amongst the 40 items that were brought in for repair.

Younger visitors were treated to youth repurposing activities organised by North Yorkshire Youth Service, while a PAT testing service for electrical items was donated by BSA Electrical.

The event was organised by Richmondshire Climate Action Partnership to highlight how we can reduce waste by making the things we have last longer.

It was supported by grants from Richmond Town Council and North Yorkshire Councillor Stuart Parsons’ locality fund, and from donations received on the day.

The event was part of a series of events for Great Big Green Week, which runs until June 16.

To find out about other events week in the Richmond area, click here.

To register for information about the next repair and repurposing cafe in Richmondshire, or to find out how you could become a volunteer fixer, email