A team of volunteer repairmen trying to help a Herefordshire town through the cost of living crisis have been featured on a popular Channel 4 TV show.
Repair Cafe Ledbury, which takes place every few weeks at the town’s community hall, aired last week on Steph’s Packed Lunch.
A TV crew came to the café’s final event on Saturday June 4 and filmed their team of volunteers helping members of the public repair a wide range of household items free of charge, including garden tools, vacuum cleaners, clocks, kitchen appliances and even a Christmas tree.
The segment was part of a special cost of living episode of the midday show, which is still available on All4.
David Hewitt, Chairman of Repair Cafe Ledbury, said on the show: “The aim of the Repair Cafe is to reduce the amount of stuff we throw away. Vacuum cleaners, kitchen mixers, clocks, toasters – if you can carry it, bring it, we’ll take a look.
“With the current cost of living crisis, people are looking for ways to save money, so rather than spending £20, £50, whatever on replacements, they have it for another five years. , 10 years or however long it lasts.”
David Murdoch, a Repair Cafe volunteer, said the call from Channel 4 came unannounced but when asked if they would like to be featured on a show about saving money, the team said “why not?”.
“They did an amazing job, they were here for three hours and the five minutes of television they did was first class,” he said.
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Repair Cafe Ledbury saw the light of day in February 2020 with an event at Burgage Hall in Church Lane.
“He was rammed,” Mr Murdoch said. “Obviously there was a lot of pent-up demand.”
After a second event in March 2020, the Covid struck. The cafe returned in August 2020 with a reduced capacity, but its popularity meant that as restrictions eased it needed a new home.
A deal with Ledbury Community Hall has been struck which gives the cafe not only more space but also much-needed storage space.
The next Repair Cafe will take place at the Community Hall on Saturday 6th August and anyone wishing to have an item repaired should book in advance via repaircafeledbury.org.uk