With the support of Herefordshire County Council (HCC), volunteers at Dinedor Village Hall are planning the establishment of a Repair Café at their hall in early 2023.
Repair Café is a community initiative which brings together people with the skills to repair with those who have items to repair. It is intended as a fun, social, community event that values the expertise of volunteer craftspeople and helps to reduce waste and consumption. The international Repair Café movement began in Amsterdam in 2009 and now there are over 2,200 repair cafes around the world. The nearest to Dinedor currently are in Ledbury and Malvern and they, believe it or not, in a two-and-a-half to three hour session on a Saturday once a month handle between 35 and 75 repairs!
Repairs are undertaken free-of-charge, although spare parts are usually charged for, and refreshments for visitors and volunteers are also provided free-of-charge. Visitors are then encouraged to make a donation to the Repair Café for the work undertaken and the refreshment received.
The concept that Dinedor have agreed with HCC is that the South Hereford Repair Café will operate within a catchment area up to 7-8 miles
from Dinedor. This means that it will include Belmont, Newton Farm, Lower Bullingham, Hampton Bishop and Mordiford to the north,
Fownhope to the east, Ballingham, Bolstone, Carey, Little Dewchurch, Little Birch, Kings Thorn and Much Birch to the south, and Callow, Grafton and Twyford to the west. Dinedor’s objective is to become fully self-sufficient within 4-6 months.
Dinedor are looking for volunteers to help with all aspects of running the Repair Café. For more details, and contact details if you would like to volunteer to help, Click here