The Big Fix, Penzance Repair Cafe 1-4
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Redwing Gallery, 36A Market Jew Street, Penzance , Cornwall TR18 2HT (map)
The BIG FIX returns and it has one aim – to fix and breathe new life into as many broken things as possible.
The BIG FIX is an annual event led by Devon County Council and returns after a two year break on Saturday May 14.
Skilled menders, fixers, tinkerers and tailors from all over the country will give their time and expertise for free to help fix items that might have otherwise been thrown away.
Anything from broken clocks, jewellery, clothing and textiles or gardening equipment to broken electronics can be brought for repair.
Other volunteers help in organising the visitors and running the café supplying teas and coffees, and stocking them with gastronomic home-made treats, like choc chip cookies and lemon drizzle cake.
Excitingly, due to its previous success in Devon, the project is for the second time going nationwide.
Dozens of Repair Cafés around the country will be held at the same time, with one goal – to fix as much as possible.
You can find a full list of Repair Cafés nationwide through Visit | Repaircafe. There is no booking required, just complete a form about your item on arrival.
The BIG FIX hopes to help people save money, not only by repairing old items but also through future proofing by teaching you how to fix the items yourself.
All of those involved are on a mission to prevent items from being thrown away. Every day we throw away thousands of items which if given a little attention could be easily repaired.
As it becomes increasingly more convenient to replace items rather than repair them, the importance of these events grows. They could have a large impact in reducing the environmental effect of waste.