Report from July Repair Cafe

We had a great Repair Cafe at Heeley City Farm yesterday. We were unable to use our normal room due to a power failure, so we moved across the farm site to  the Energy Centre.

As soon as we were set up in our new temporary home the repairs started rolling in. A steam mop, a kettle, a stick blender, a vintage record player, some fairy lights and a clockwork radio were just some of the items to come through the door.

We always like a vintage challenge at the Repair Cafe and one soon arrived in the form of a 90 year old telephone, complete with an even older bellset. Unfortunately the wooden bellset, which contains many of the components needed to make such an old telephone work, was not the correct one to be paired with this particular ‘candlestick’ phone. So it was a case of removing all the internal components and reusing some of them while fitting other genuine and equally old spare parts. After around 4 hours the bellset had been totally re-wired, an induction coil (a key missing component) fitted and this piece of communications history was fully working again ready for the next 90 years of service! Thanks to Phil and his wife for bringing it along and also for donating a brilliant PABX system, which is essentially a telephone exchange in a box, which will enable us to test other telephones in the future.

As always, thanks to all thevolunteers who came along to help, including a few new faces who were taking part in their first Repair Cafe.

We’ll be back, this time at Strip the Willow, on Sunday 18th August.

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