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others how to mend things or learn<br />

a craft. It could be crochet, or how<br />

to darn your socks, or how to wire a<br />

lamp. We open the doors from 2pm<br />

until 5pm and people show up with<br />

things - there’s no need to book in.<br />

And we serve refreshments when we<br />

can, too - that’s where the café part<br />

comes in.”<br />

There are no restrictions on the<br />

items you can bring along, so if in<br />

doubt, bring it in. If the volunteers<br />

think your item is beyond repair<br />

they will always say so. People have<br />

brought in all sorts of objects over<br />

the last three years.<br />

“We’ve had a few old clocks that<br />

people really value, but mostly it’s kettles, hairdryers<br />

and other electricals,” says Pam. “We’ve had vacuum<br />

cleaners, lawnmowers, a pushchair where the brake<br />

was getting stuck. A few laptops and tablets. Our<br />

repairers are sensible people and if you want some<br />

advice as to whether to fix something or take it to the<br />

recycling centre, we can do that type of check.”<br />

This really important service is provided free of<br />

charge, but you can make donations in exchange<br />

for repairs which are put back into the Café to pay<br />

for room hire, refreshments and so on. Pam believes<br />

repeating, sharing and living by the ‘repair and reuse’<br />

mantra is critical if we are to stop replacing goods<br />

unnecessarily and reduce our waste problem.<br />

“We’re living in a throwaway age when people just<br />

get rid and get another if something isn’t working,”<br />

she says. “That attitude needs to change - we all<br />

know that. When we can repair an item for someone<br />

that they thought was broken, it’s a great joy when<br />

they can take it home and they don’t need to buy<br />

another one.”<br />

Most of us, when we take broken or obsolete items<br />

to the recycling centre, think we’re taking it there to<br />

be dealt with properly and recycled. Some of it is,<br />

but by no means all. Electrical recycling waste is a<br />

massive problem. Pam thinks manufacturers should<br />

be playing a bigger role in preventing items ending<br />

up in the recycling centre at all, by making spare<br />

parts available or taking items back for repair.<br />

“Manufacturers do pay into a central fund that’s<br />

used by local authorities to recycle electrical waste,<br />

but that’s the wrong way around,” she insists. “There<br />

is Right to Repair legislation coming in, which will<br />

mean for certain new products the manufacturer<br />

has to have affordable spares available, but it’s very<br />




limited. They have got to make things last longer.”<br />

Lichfield Repair and Share Café takes place on the<br />

third Saturday of every month (except December<br />

and August) at Curborough, but Pam and the other<br />

volunteers are always looking for ways to get the<br />

message out and reach more people. They hosted<br />

a pop-up in The Nest space in Lichfield city centre,<br />

organised by Nurture Network in the former Marks<br />

and Spencer. They’ve done repair sessions at the<br />

Methodist church’s eco-festival in September as<br />

part of The Great Big Green Week, and at the Fuse<br />

Festival.<br />

There’s also a new repair and share café that recently<br />

started up in Burntwood. Local councillor Sue<br />

Woodward was instrumental in getting it set up and a<br />

few repairers who live locally offered their help. The<br />

first session took place in early December.<br />

They have looked into creating a ‘Library of<br />

Things’, where members borrow useful items without<br />

having to buy their own, but that’s still a little beyond<br />

reach for now. However, Pam recommends the food<br />

sharing app Olio, which has a borrow section for<br />

other items, and Streetbank, another app where you<br />

can share items with the community. So if you’ve got<br />

a pressure washer, for example, and you’re happy to<br />

loan it out you can do it that way.<br />

The next Repair and Share Café at Curborough<br />

Community Centre will take place between 2-5pm<br />

on January 15, 2022. Follow Lichfield Repair<br />

& Share Café on Facebook, @lichrepaircafe<br />

on Instagram or @lichfieldshare on Twitter for<br />

updates.<br />

If you or someone you know has repair skills you’re<br />

happy to volunteer, you can get in touch with Pam<br />

and the team on lichfieldshare@gmail.com.<br />

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