Royston Freecycle group will launch the café as it celebrates its 10th year of keeping old items in use in the town.
Volunteer repairers will be helping people to mend broken items at a free event at The Meridian School, in Garden Walk, on Sunday, February 9.
Anyone with something that needs mending – bikes, toys, clothes, tools, small items of furniture, electrical equipment including IT hardware – can bring their item to Meridian School between 10am-3pm.
The broken item will be assessed and, if it can be mended immediately, the owner will be shown how to do it. If the repair is more major, organisers will refer people to local professional repairers.
The Repair Café is free, but advance booking is required so organisers know what items will be arriving. Online booking is at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/royston-repair-cafe-tickets- 9844376796
For local updates and other information about repair and re-use go to www.facebook.com/RoystonRepairCafe or call Chris Lee on 07962 157589.
Freecycle is nearing its third anniversary in Corvallis, but the organization has nothing to do with a bicycle event.
The Corvallis group of the Freecycle Network has nearly 1,000 users who post online when they have an item they want to give away or when they are seeking something they need but cannot afford to buy retail.
Christine Dashiell started the local group, and she is its moderator, meaning that she attempts to ensure that the site is posting legitimate offers. People need to join to participate.
Freecycle’s main aim: “It’s just keeping items out of the landfill — and changing the world through that,” she said.
I’ve no idea why it takes many sofa suppliers six weeks to deliver a sofa, but it does and as a result I’ve got nothing to sit on in my new gaff except an expanse of scruffy laminate. The idea of buying a sofa to sit on while I wait for a sofa to arrive seems needlessly extravagant, so I’ve turned to the global network dedicated to giving away stuff and getting stuff for free.
Next week marks Freecycle’s 10th anniversary, a glorious decade of matchmaking compulsive off-loaders with the vaguely needy; it even survived a fractious British schism in 2009, when disaffected Freecyclers broke away to form an almost-identical network, Freegle. Between them, Freegle and Freecycle now boast over 900 local groups in the UK with four million members. That’s a hell of a lot of unwanted stuff that magically transforms into wanted stuff.
THE Enfield Freecycle group, which allows residents to pass unwanted goods on to others in a bid to keep landfill levels down, has topped the 10,000-member mark.
According to the group the milestone was reached on Friday. The group’s website allows people to post information about goods they want to donate and they can also request specific goods they require.
Enfield’s lead moderator Mark Griffin said: “We get all sorts of things up on our website – from plastic ice cube trays, to cars and everything in between.
“It’s a good little community and it is based on goodwill. I detest throwing things away. Last year I gave away a tumble dryer that I was told had been broken. The guy I gave it to managed to get it fixed up.
“One person’s junk is another man’s treasure. We are changing the world one gift at a time. Our aim is to keep things out of landfill and there are very few things that cannot be donated.”
Together with the help of the North London Waste Authority and local authorities, Freecycle events have been staged across north London, including one in Jubilee Park, Edmonton, last year, allowing people to donate goods they no longer need and pick up things they want for free.
The Freecycle Network was launched by Deron Beal in Arizona in 2003 and has now spread to 85 countries. It is estimated to keep 500 tons a day out of landfill worldwide.
Go to http://groups.freecycle.org/enfield_freecycle to sign up.
The centre has expanded its community recycling schemes over the years, initially collecting from 150 households to more than 5,000, and with help from the Friends of St Nicholas Fields launched York Freecycle five years ago, which now has 17,000 members.