Our first open social meeting of 2015
JAN 27th 2015: COMMUNITY- OWNED WIND ENERGY
Herb Garden Cafe 7 to 9 pm.
Free admittance includes hot drink and cake served at 7pm. All are welcome!
Owen Callender and Paul Burrell will be giving a presentation on "Community-owned Wind Energy".
Owen and Paul are Development Officers from Ynni'r Fro, a programme funded by the Welsh Government. The programme offers social enterprises funding and free, independent advice and information to help develop their own community-scale renewable energy schemes across Wales.
The talk will explore the facts and myths of wind energy; steps in developing a scheme;a review of finance and governance models; and finally will look at some case studies of what other community groups have achieved.
The next two Llandrindod Repair Café events will take place on Saturday 18th October and Saturday 15th November in the Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Please bring along your broken and damaged items from home!
A variety of fixperts will be present to repair such things as small electrical items, computers, clothes, leather items and bicycles.
Tools and materials will be on hand; people are encouraged to make repairs themselves where possible.
Entry to the café is free (donations are requested to cover running costs). Items fixed at previous events include necklaces, handbags, bicycle wheels, electric heaters, saucepan lids, and even a carpet sweeper!
The café’s slogan is “Throw it Away? No Way!”
By promoting repairs, Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition wants to help reduce the mountains of waste.
The Repair Café is also meant to put the local community in touch with each other in new ways, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.
Llandrindod Repair Café was recently featured on the Guardian website as a shining example of a local community group. Joe Botting, speaking for the Repair Café organisers, said “It’s nice to see the hard work of all the fixperts and volunteers being recognised. We hope that this publicity will encourage other people to set up Repair Cafés elsewhere.”
Llandrindod’s first Repair Café was held in the Rock Park on Saturday, 12 July 2014. About 30 people brought items to be repaired: bikes, bracelets, brooches, lamps, trousers, a toy rocking-horse, an adapter, a soldering iron, a handbag and even a carpet sweeper! The sharpening table was particularly popular, with everything from scissors to mower blades being given a new lease of life. Approximately £50 was raised in donations, which will be used to offset the cost of the event.
Joe Botting, speaking for the Repair Café organisers, said “It’s wonderful to see so many people getting so much enjoyment from repairing things. I’ve been amazed at the skills that are being shared here, and have been learning a lot too. We hope that future Repair Café events will be even more successful once word gets out.”
The next two Repair Cafés will take place on the 9th of August and the 13th of September 2014 in the Rock Park. A range of experts will be available, such as electricians, computer specialists, seamstresses, general ‘fixperts’ and bicycle mechanics, to help make all possible repairs. Vacuum cleaners, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, jewellery, crockery... anything broken or that doesn’t work is welcome, and the specialists in Repair Café almost always have the know-how. Repairs are free of charge (donations are requested to help keep the repair café running). Tools and materials will also be on hand, and the experts will help and encourage you to make repairs yourself where possible.
Llandrindod Repair Café is organized by Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition, and supported by the Spa Town Trust and Llandrindod Recycling Group. The café’s slogan is “Throw it Away? No Way!” By promoting repairs, Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition wants to help reduce the mountains of waste. The Repair Café is also meant to put the local community in touch with each other in new ways, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Many people have surprising skills, from leather-working to carpentry or electronics. Appreciating these skills and exchanging this knowledge leads to a healthier, happier community.
The Repair Café concept arose in Amsterdam, where the Repair Café Foundation (see www.repaircafe.org) has been organising gatherings regularly since 2010. Since January 2011, the foundation has provided support to local groups in and outside the Netherlands wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café in Llandrindod.
download a Repair Café flier
TLT are launching Llandrindod's very own REPAIR CAFE this month!! DONT MISS IT
12th July • 9th August • 13th September
Rock Park Canopy 2pm-5pm
THROW IT AWAY? NO WAY!
What do you do about a wobbly chair, a broken zip, a faulty toaster, a flat bike tyre? Few people consider repairing even small defects and many things get thrown away too soon as knowledge of how to mend things is vanishing. However, change is on its way! Local Repair Cafés are on the rise and becoming very popular. They are simply monthly gatherings where neighbours can learn to fix their broken items themselves, with support from skilled volunteers whilst enjoying a cuppa.
The idea is that any faulty item which is reasonably portable can be considered for repair. Help and advice with repairs is free, but if your item is successfully mended a donation will help to fund the service.
Your Repair Café wants to show you how much fun it can be to give your things a new lease of life and how easy it often is. Bring out your broken belongings and give it a go!