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THERE was a hive of industry in the Blandford Royal British Legion Hall on Saturday June 1 when a monthly Repair Café, where people can bring their broken items to be fixed by a team of local volunteers, held its first event.

It was started in Blandford by two local women, Eleana Humphreys and Roz Skellorn, who wanted to help people do simple household repairs, with the aim of reducing the amount of unnecessary waste.

Eleana said, “I have always tried to fix things at home when they’ve been broken, but I realised that not everyone had the confidence to try to repair items and threw them away instead.

“Recycling and reducing the use of plastics is something many people are concerned about and we saw this as a way to help educate people and lessen the amount of rubbish being dumped in to landfill.”

Over 20 local men and women have offered their services, including seamstresses, electricians, carpenters, gardeners and advice on upcycling, and an appeal has been made for electrical, computer and mobile phone fixers, upholstery and leather workers who can fix items at the event, offer advice on upcycling and talk to people about other household repairs.

There was also tea, cake and a raffle to help raise funds to support the project.

People are invited to bring their broken items and questions to the next event at the Royal British Legion on 6th July. Find out more at Blandford Repair Cafe Facebook.

Dan Baker and Alan Kingshott at work fixing an electric fire, watched by Felix Baldo - who had just had his trousers repaired!