​Horsham Repair Cafe Christmas and beyond…

Groundwork offering energy advice

Press Release


Horsham Repair Cafe wrapped up three months of operation on Saturday 2nd December with a truly outstanding session.

As a result, it has been decided to add a date in January, rather than wait for the next officially publicised event which was to be in February.  The additional date is confirmed as Saturday 6th January 2018 and people are invited to bring along such items as Christmas cards, cracker decorations and unwanted cracker gifts; any wrapping paper which is not going to be reused next year and cardboard kitchen rolls for some upcycling fun.  Anyone wishing to participate in an unwanted gift exchange should contact HRC on the email below.

The organisers, Sussex Green Living and Horsham Quakers are also delighted to announce that  from January, Horsham Repair Cafe will become a General Repair Cafe offering repairs of clothes, small household electrical items, general household goods, iPhones, iPads, tablets, computers and laptops.  Each one will also run for slightly longer, and will open from 10am to 1.00pm.

Last Saturday, the Quaker Meeting House was bursting at the seams as people streamed in with all kinds of faulty items hoping they might be brought back to life by one of the volunteer repairers.  Among the many items worked on, and returned to working order, were a broken lawnmower and a Yamaha keyboard as well as an old transistor radio, hi-viz riding vest with flashing lights that no longer flashed and no less than three toasters. Simon a retired electrician and volunteer repairer commented “I carry out PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) on the electronic items to test the safety of the appliances, so people can be confident in our service”

As well as mechanical and electronic equipment, numerous articles of clothing were also brought along and the sewing room was a hive of activity as buttons were sewn back on, zips replaced and alterations made.

Queues also formed for the refill station where eco-friendly laundry and household cleaning products bottles could be filled, a service which the Horsham Quakers provide. There was a newly installed WEEE (that’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Box which gained two mobile phones and an ancient computer battery which will be sent for recycling.

Groundwork South a charity with a mission to help create a greener and more prosperous place for people and communities, offered energy advice and will be returning in January, February and March. The Citizens Advice Bureau came to promote their initiative to inform the public about the rollout of smart energy meters.

It’s evident from feedback received that Horsham Repair Cafe is making a very real contribution to the community, helping people to save money by repairing, rather than discarding broken or faulty items, the circular effect of this is a reduction of the environmental impact of waste by diverting it from landfill and recycling schemes.  Data is being collected at each event to support this which will be made public once it’s been properly collated and processed.

The Repair Cafe isn’t just a destination for people with items to repair, it’s a place where people come to share skills and information and to meet other like-minded people. Eve one of the repair café volunteers said “A number of people from the community have come each month for some friendly advice, a piece of homemade cake and a cuppa”. She added “We have had visitors from as far away as Haywards Heath and Dorking. In fact the greening group Transition Town Worthing sent a ‘scout’ to see what we are up to, and they hope to set up a Repair Café in Worthing”.

If you have items for repair and wish to book in (which is advised), please email  or go to http://www.horshamrepaircafe.org.uk/contact-booking/.  We are also always on the look out for people to volunteer their skills, or to help us run the events.


Contact: Carrie Cort, 0768 212833 or

About Horsham Repair Cafe

HRC was founded by Sussex Green Living and the Horsham Quakers and launched on 7th October 2017. Run by a group of volunteers it is the only Repair Cafe in West Sussex, with 49 throughout the United Kingdom and over 1,300 worldwide.

The Repair Café concept was initiated by Martine Postma with the Repair Café taking place in Amsterdam, on October 18, 2009. They are a free meeting places and where people can take things to repair with the help and support of volunteer repairers. The Repair Cafe has tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields .Refreshments and environmentally friendly people to chat to. The HRC takes place at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL, on the first Saturday of every month 10am – 1pm.

 www.HorshamRepairCafe.org.uk or https://repaircafe.org.

About Sussex Green Living

Founded in 2012, SGL is a not-for-profit green network and educational hub with the aim of inspiring people to live greener, more sustainable lives.


About Horsham Quakers

Horsham Quakers have been worshipping at their current site for over 300 years.  The building is a hub for the community where local groups and organisations are hosted seven days a week.


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