Repair Shop coming to Cheltenham Science Festival this weekend
By David Wood
For two days only (June 11 and 12), Cheltenham will have its very own Repair Shop.
With the cost of living shooting up, it's not rocket science to realise that if you can repair or repurpose you can save money and take one small step towards a more sustainable society. But how to fix it?
Step up u3a Cheltenham, an organisation with more than 100 interest groups who have teamed up with this year's Science Festival to run a Repair Café where you can bring your broken gadgets or threadbare jeans and someone will have a go at mending them.
"We hope that as many people as possible will turn up," said u3a Chair Janet Ropner. "Many of our members are of the generation when making and mending was simply a way of life.
"The people working in the Repair Café are not professionally trained but can turn their hand to a simple repair and will be very pleased to help. At u3a we are committed to a more sustainable future and this is a simple demonstration of how it can be done."
Science Festival programme director Dr Marieke Navin applauds the chance to tackle the issue of a single-use approach to everyday products.
"The world's current 'take, break and dispose' economy is the root cause of some of today's most challenging problems. We need to abandon single use and all products should be designed with the intention that they will be repaired or recycled."
Festival Advisory Board member Professor Mark Miodownick agrees. The leading British materials scientist behind the new "Right to Repair" legislation will be on site to visit the Repair Café which will be sited in the Makers' Shack on the Festival site in Imperial Gardens.
Don't miss the latest cutting-edge science featured throughout the Festival, but for "slow science" visit the Repair Café.
Electrical repairs will not be undertaken, but if you have a small piece of furniture, a treasured toy, an item of clothing torn or a gadget that is playing up the Repair Café will be open from 10am - 5pm on Saturday June 11th and Sunday June 12th.
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