Preston’s first Repair Cafe is coming to the city

Posted on - 25th June, 2021 - 6:02pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
The Larder in Lancaster Road Pic: David Toase
The Larder in Lancaster Road Pic: David Toase

Repair it don’t replace it! Amazon’s profits can take the hit as Preston’s first Repair Cafe is runningĀ this weekend.


Picture the scene: you have kids and the kids have favourite clothing items. You also have a nine-month-old puppy who will destroy any clothing that hasn’t been properly put away by a five-year-old child. Given the children love the clothes and will cry relentlessly if they’re damaged, surely you can rest easy that if you politely ask your child to put it away safely, they’ll do it, right? …Right?

Or can we assume you’ll be getting earache from a disconsolate child as their favourite Spiderman slip-ons are now in three different parts of the room.

Happily, Climate Action Preston is here to offer a cheaper solution to constantly replacing things.

In collaboration with The Larder in Lancaster Road, the environmental group is running Preston’s first repair cafe. You can bring in broken items and a team of expert volunteers will patch, oil and re-wire as necessary, giving them a new lease of life. 

A repair cafe in Amsterdam Pic: Ilvy Njiokiktjien
A repair cafe in Amsterdam Pic: Ilvy Njiokiktjien

The first session will run on Saturday 26 June from 10am to 12pm, and items will be repaired for free. Most tantalisingly, you can even watch the repair from start to finish, coffee in hand. Along with the repairs, they’ll also be offering advice on certain tools and general repairs.

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Honestly, I’d love to be able to pull back the curtain at the garage in the same way. All I know is, four times a year my van starts making a strange noise and after two days of repairs I have to give them Ā£200 to Ā£300, no questions asked. 

This month’s Repair Cafe will feature repairers skilled in mending clothes, small furniture items and general electrical items.

For more information on attending or becoming a volunteer repairer, visit the Repair Cafe website or the Repair Cafe Preston Facebook page.

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Will you be visiting the Repair Cafe? Let us know in the comments.

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