AN ANTIQUE lantern, hair straighteners and a toaster were just some of the items repaired at Fordingbridge Greener Living’s first repair cafe.

The repair cafe was held on Saturday April 23 in Fordingbridge Scout Hut at Roundhill.

The aim of the project is to prevent things from ending up in landfill and also give people an opportunity to learn from experts how to repair items; save money and reduce waste.

David Sanders, who is a member of the committee who run Fordingbridge Greener Living, has been planning to open the group’s repair cafe for a couple of years but restrictions meant that the project had to be put on hold. The group said: “We are very pleased that we are at last now able to bring this exciting and important monthly event to Fordingbridge.”

It added: "At our first event we were able to repair almost every item brought in from a diverse collection. We repaired an antique broach, hair straighteners, a toaster, an intelligent alarm clock, and a brass and glass antique lantern. In progress is a vintage teddy bear."

The repairs completed saved the equivalent carbon emissions as driving 313 miles.

The next session is planned for May 28, 10am to 2pm. Anyone interested being a volunteer repairer email


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