Eyam Repair Café – makes a difference!

The Eyam Repair Café launched in February is already helping to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Part of a worldwide network of repair cafes the aim is to repair items rather than throwing them out.

At the first two events talented volunteers fixed 78 items and so prevented them from going to landfill. This saves 1,872Kg of CO2 emissions which is the equivalent of driving a family car over half-way around the world!

Items mended have included lamps, toasters, radios, computers and clothing. At the March event lots of items were sharpened ready for use in the garden this spring.

June of Baslow brought along her Nutri-Bullet and was delighted to get it fixed. She said:

‘I think the repair café is a brilliant idea. I was so pleased that my Nutri-Bullet could be mended. It means I don’t have to throw it out and I have saved the cost of buying a new one!

‘I will certainly be visiting the café again’, June added.

The café is held on the second Saturday of each month except August at Eyam Church Centre. At the café on Saturday 13 April new fixers will include a computer specialist and there will be bike maintenance and repairs.

More volunteers are needed – particularly people qualified and experienced in working on electrical and electronic items. Anyone interested should contact Colin Shaw on 01433 631685 or by emailing eyamreapaircafe@btinternet.com

For all the latest news about the café there is now a website www.eyamrepaircafe.org.uk in addition to a Facebook page – Eyam Repair Café.

An ‘EGG’ that’s not just for Easter – Eyam goes greener!

Residents of Eyam who want to live in a way that is kinder to our poor old planet are hatching a plan to launch the Eyam Green Group (EGG).

The momentum for this has been ‘Green Lent’ led by Eyam Church and the success of the Eyam Repair Café which launched in February.

Villagers have been inspired to think about how they can cut their carbon footprint. Events for Green Lent included a showing of the film, ‘The Age of Stupid’, which highlights the dire consequences of continuing to live in a way that depletes the earth’s natural resources.

After the film there was a lively discussion in which there was widespread enthusiasm to see a greener, eco Eyam along with many suggestions of things villagers could do including community food growing, energy saving, car sharing and other initiatives.

Keen to keep up the momentum there will be an informal meeting at 7.30pm on Thursday 11 April at Eyam Church Centre for anybody interested in joining/forming the “Eyam Green Group” to investigate community eco projects in the village.

If you cannot make the meeting but would like more information, please email eyamreapaircafe@btinternet.com or phone Colin Shaw on 01433 631685

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