Fernhurst Hub, the coffee shop and education centre in the heart of the village, hosted a busy day of repairs and reminiscences.
Seven skilled mender volunteers were on hand to assess and repair the 37 items taken in. Those repaired immediately on site included an iron, puffer jacket, toaster, bike, toy gun, a clock and a couple of telescopic garden pruners.
Manager Liz Rawlings said: “We are delighted to stop broken electrical and mechanical items being sent to landfill but people are also bringing in their cherished heirlooms for restoration to their former glory.
“We received two teddies with a combined age of 140 and a hand-made tapestry cushion given as a wedding present but recently chewed by a dog.”
The event is part of the Hub’s broader Green Agenda, adopted over a year ago. This includes a lending library of Green Reads providing information about all aspects of sustainability and collaboration with the Fernhurst Primary School in educating and demonstrating care for the environment.
Volunteers Ramy Salameh and Kitty Aycinena booked in the eclectic items and allocated them to the waiting specialists.
Assistant manager Pauline Colcutt said: “We couldn’t host this event without our amazing repairers – it is incredible what skills there are in this village.
“We have three electrical experts here – Helen Cussen, Eric Willner and Sandy Polak – and on the sewing side we are lucky to have experienced seamstresses Denise Holmes and Veronica Correa, all giving their time for free.
“The team is completed with Tom Peddar from the Bike Guys near Milland and Daniel Aycinena, a general woodwork and DIY specialist.”
The next Saturday event at the Fernhurst Hub will be an Antiques Valuation Day on June 3, following last year’s sell-out day attended by two experts from John Nicholson Auctioneers.