First West Sussex Repair Café launches in Horsham

Left to right: Patricia Fitzroy, Carrie Cort, Laura Woodrow and Cliff Jackson

What do you do with a broken toaster?

Or a laptop which is on the go slow?

Or with a ripped pair of trousers?

Bin it? No, repair, remake, reuse and refresh, saving money and helping the planet.

Sussex Green Living, an environmental awareness and education community initiative, and Horsham Quakers are launching a Repair Café on 7th October in Horsham. This will be the first Repair Café in West Sussex and will take place at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham RH12 1SL, on the first Saturday of every month 10am– 12.30pm.

Volunteer repair experts and creative members of the community will be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will also be on hand. People visiting the Horsham Repair Café will bring along their broken items from home, clothes, laptops, PCs, toasters, lamps, hair dryers, and then with the assistance of a technical volunteer repairer they will learn how to mend the item.

The Horsham Repair Café will consist of a rotating theme of different repair café sessions starting with clothing repair, alterations and textile upcycling on Saturday 7th October. On 4th November laptops and computers can be brought for repairs and on 2nd December the repair café morphs into an energy café to look at how people can reduce their energy use at home and maybe switch to another energy provider to save money. Then on 3rd February the café focuses on woodwork repair and remaking. The themes repeat in 2018 with the addition of a small household goods electrical repair session on 7th April.  

Further information about the rotating repair and energy themes can be found on

Left to right: Jill Shuker, Laura Woodrow, Patricia Fitzroy, Maggie Weir Wilson, Jacinta White, Carrie Cort and Helen Whittington