“I have a wooden chiming mantel clock which originally belonged to my Grandfather and has come down through the family to my father, brother and now to me. On the inside of the back panel is written “Sold January 1875 East Street, Walworth” and another word that looks like “Chales” but I haven’t been able to find out what that signifies. The family lived in the Walworth/Southwark area at that time and as Grandfather married in March 1875 he may have purchased it himself for his new home or it might have been a wedding gift. When I was still living at home I would hear the clock ticking and chiming every day but it hasn’t worked now for many years and I was anxious to try and get it in good working order again. I contacted the Repair Cafe to see if anybody would be able to help me and they put me in touch with John Paradise, a very interesting gentleman and local horologist who has worked with clocks for many, many years. John visited me at home, examined the clock and immediately found out what the problem was. He worked his magic on the clock and I am thrilled to say that in a very short time …… thanks to his skills and the Repair Cafe …… the clock is now ticking and chiming away again just like it used to. I am very grateful to them both.”

Beryl Peacock

“Brilliant service today, thank you so much, I am really pleased we came along. Lights on the high-viz vest are flashing away now, this will help to keep my daughter safe on her horse on the busy roads as the winter draws in.”


“I met you recently when I gave my sister, Julie Foster a lift into town to take some photos for you. I spent a short time looking round the repair cafe and listened to you speak about recycling and upcycling. I was so impressed with your passion for recycling, you made stop and think. I live in a flat with a central dustbin area where the recycling and waste often gets muddled up, over recent years I had given up. Since listening to you I have recycled so much. With a little effort I have found a larger recycling area within a very short walk from my flat. I have set myself a challenge, to see if I can empty my waste bin just once a week! Carrie your enthusiasm is infectious! Thanks & best regards Lynn”


“Please would you be kind enough to pass on a message to the kind person who was trying to find zip sliders for me on Saturday.

I was so impressed with your setup and would like to book my Nutribullet in for a repair in November. I look forward to returning. Very many thanks”.


Refill, renew, refresh, repair, think before you throw!


Before your repair:

1. You must complete the top section of the Registration Form for HRC records before any repairs can be considered. All information is treated with the utmost confidence. If you choose to leave an email address, this will be added to our mailing list and you will automatically be reminded of future Repair Café events.

2. Sharp tools and dangerous equipment are present and sometimes used in repairs. You must exercise control over, and be responsible for, the behaviour of children in your care whilst attending the HRC. Children will not be admitted unless accompanied by an adult.

3. The advice and repair service is conducted by experienced volunteers. Although there is no charge for their time, skill or advice, you are invited to make a voluntary donation to cover our costs which include the purchase of tools and equipment, and building lighting, heating and maintenance.

4. Normally, a maximum of ONE item per visitor will be examined per visit. However, should time allow, extra items  may be considered for examination and repair.

5. All repairs carried out at the HRC are performed at your own risk. Neither the organisers of HRC nor the repairers in personal capacities or otherwise are liable for any accidental damage or loss that may occur to either your goods (including vehicles) or your personal effects during your time at the HRC.

During your repair:

6. After making an initial assessment of your item, our repairers will discuss the repair with you. Sometimes our repairers may be unable to effect a repair for various reasons. You will be told these reasons, but our repairers are fully entitled to use their discretion and refuse to repair an item should they so decide.

7. You may be given advice, e.g. tips on how to prevent a future failure.

8. Normally you are responsible for providing any consumables such as leads, plugs, fuses, zips, etc. that may be needed to fully complete a repair. As our repairers cannot carry a comprehensive stock of parts, a second visit to HRC may be required to complete your repair.

9. You should remain with the repairer while the repair is being carried out in order to see how the repair is being done and to pick up new skills. Items must not be left with the repairer and collected at a later time. There may be occasions when a  repairer offers to take the item home in order to better diagnose the fault or effect a repair. Neither the repairer nor HRC assume any responsibility for safe keeping.

10. Volunteers and visitors are expected to treat each other with mutual respect.

After your repair:

11. You are responsible for the removal of all items brought into the HRC. There are no facilities at the HRC for the disposal of your items.

12. Where applicable, electrical equipment will be subject to a Portable Appliance Test prior to leaving the HRC. Our repairer will either deem the appliance safe to use, or not safe to use. HRC takes no responsibility in any form whatsoever for any item, repaired or otherwise, once it has left the HRC.

13. HRC do not provide any warranty or guarantee on any repairs carried out and are not liable in any way should an item subsequently not work properly or fail again or cause any consequential loss or damage.

14. Neither the organisers of HRC nor the repairers in personal capacities or otherwise are liable for any loss or injury whatsoever that may result from any repair carried out or for any advice or instructions given and used at a later date.