As some of our regular host venues remain closed at the present time, we are currently looking for new locations to hold our popular Repair Cafe events. These can be indoor or outdoor and anywhere in the Sheffield area.
If you own or operate a venue and would be interested in hosting our events please get in touch here.
After an enforced break of over a year, the Repair Cafe will be returning to Heeley City Farm on Saturday 15th May. The demand to get things fixed has never gone away during the lockdowns, with many of our team taking part in our online Virtual Repair Cafes. However, after careful consideration, we have decided to re-instate our physical events, starting initially with a pilot date at Heeley.
We have been working together with our hosting venues to come up with a way of bringing back our in person events in a Covid safe way. This means things won’t be quite the same as they were, but the essence of what we do will remain unchanged. The main differences will be most of the event will take place outdoors, with strict 2 meter social distancing in place at all times. We will also be encouraging anyone attending to help us guard against the virus by taking a free Covid test before they come along, which anyone can now obtain free of charge from various local outlets and test centres (click here to see a map of where to get tested or get a home test kit in your area).
As always, you can bring anything to the Repair Cafe. However as an extra anti-Covid measure we will be asking you to wrap your items in a plastic bag or bin liner at least 72 hours before bringing them to us. This helps keep the surface of your item virus free.
The Repair Cafe on May 15th will also open to the public 30 minutes later than usual at 10:30. Last admissions of new items for repair will be 3pm and all items must be collected by their owners by 4pm.
The Virtual Repair Cafe currently takes place every Thursday, starting at 7pm (GMT) You can take part by clicking here when the event is live or by going to the Zoom platform and entering meeting number 8069994444.
We hoped to have our Repair Cafes back across the Sheffield area by now. However the post-Christmas lockdown has forced us to rethink our plans. However, as restrictions are carefully lifted over the next few weeks and months, we will once again be working towards bringing back our traditional events. Until then, we will be continuing to hold our onlive ‘Virtual Repair Cafes’ each week, offering tips and tutorials on fixing stuff for yourself using the ‘Zoom’ meeting platform.
Our team of fixers will be live every Thursday evening between 7-8pm to offer advice on doing your own repairs, share stories of things they have fixed and generally encourage everyone to use some of their lockdown time to repair stuff they might otherwise have thrown away.
To join our events you will need either a smartphone, tablet or computer with a webcam and microphone.
If you have the Zoom app already installed then goto meeting number 8069994444
If you don’t have the app then goto https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting number 8069994444 there. You will need an up to date web browser for the Zoom platform to work fully.
PLEASE NOTE: When joining one of our events you will enter into a Zoom waiting room. The event moderator will admit you to the event as soon as possible. The event will be recorded for later use on our social media, website and video sharing platforms such as YouTube etc. By joining the event you are giving your permission for your image and contributions to the event to be used in this way.
There may not have been a physical Repair Cafe since March, but that doesn’t mean we’ve not been busy fixing stuff. The picture above is a special table to fit a vintage Singer sewing machine. It came from E-Bay in a pretty beaten up state with a lot of scratches, a flaking finish and one of it’s screw-on legs completely missing. Andy is now restoring both the table and sewing machine, after which it will probably be for sale to help fund the next rescue project.
It was one of our bigger repair and restoration projects. Last Sunday this all-steel box trailer rolled back onto the road after a year long refurbishment.
Originally a drab red oxide colour, after a lot of welding on the underframe and some repairs to rusty holes in the wheel arches, it now wears a smart blue and cream livery inspired by Sheffield’s pre-war trams.
New Landrover light fittings have been installed and everything has been completely re-wired. The re-wiring even extended into the towing van to rectify an annoying intermittent fault on the cable to the towbar. Nasty and unreliable plastic crimp connectors have been replaced wires which are now held together with a ‘Nasa splice’ and cables that were only just long enough have been extended to make them easier to work on in the future.
The paint was applied by brush, using traditional coach painting techniques. A layer of rust inhibiting red oxide was followed by white undercoat, then two or three top coats of gloss and finally a protective layer of varnish.
A new wooden deck for the front end was made from an old piece of plywood, stained with mahogany wood stain then varnished witb a high gloss yach varnish from the pound shop.
Finally a new brake cable was fitted and adjusted.
Further work will include the fabrication and fitting of a roof rack and the painting of the inside.
Our 4th Virtual Repair Cafe took place last Saturday. We will be continuing with these weekly events until the current UK lockdown is over. If you would like to join us, you can get involved by opening the Zoom app and entering meeting number 806 999 4444 from 11am onwards every Saturday morning.
Below is a recording of what happened last Saturday.
Our 3rd Virtual repair cafe took place last Saturday. Sewing took something of a front seat for this one, with Jess finding a new use for old socks and Andy discovering more about a vintage tin full of sewing machine attachments he got in an auction lot some time ago. You can watch the full video below.
Our second Virtual Repair Cafe took place last Saturday. It turned out to be a day of clocks and mobile phones, proving that our team of fixers are as busy as ever, even during the lockdown. See the video from the event below. Also, remember you can join our next Virtual Repair Cafe on Saturday 18th April from 11am.
Our first ever Virtual Repair Cafe took place last Saturday. It proved to be quite popular, so we’re going to keep doing them, every Saturday, at least until the lockdown is over. Click on the video below to see what happened.