Winchester’s first Repair Café

On Saturday 1 August residents of Winchester were able to bring their broken treasures for repair at the Discovery Centre. Not only were items repaired for them, but visitors learnt how to carry out their own future repairs.

Cllr Frank Pearson, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Wellbeing, said:

It’s great to see so many people coming together to work on these items. Not only are we improving our knowledge how to make simple repairs it’s saving us money and reducing the amount of things we throw away without a second thought

Transition Southampton brought a band of repairers to tackle objects such as lawnmowers, teapots, jewellery and CD players, along with many more items
Winchester charity Emmaus will take this event to make it a regular occurrence.

First items were repaired free of charge, but if you brought more, a small donation was made for each extra item. Monies raised were split between the charities Emmaus and Transition Southampton.

The Great Waste is all about creating less waste, reusing, re-gifting and re-purposing those things we normally just throw away. This year long wide campaign across the Winchester District aims to increase recycling and save waste. It is being spearheaded by Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC), working in partnership with Winchester City Council.

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