Mike Vany repairs a bicycle at the Repair Cafe

Repair Cafe brings the spirit of repair to Stettler

The worldwide event is based on learning new skills and keeping usable items out of landfills.

The Heartland Beautification Committee hosted their second Repair Cafe this Saturday afternoon, April 22, in the lobby of the Stettler Recreation Centre.

Community members brought in their broken items to seek help from the expert volunteers who were on hand to provide repairs and advice.

The Repair Cafe concept started in the Netherlands in 2009, and has since been adopted by 1,200 communities worldwide, including Stettler.

“The idea is to encourage the spirit of repair and keep usable items out of our landfills,” said Grace Fix, vice-chair of the Heartland Beautification Committee.

Stettler residents brought in a variety of items for repair, from lawn mowers to electric guitars.

On hand to help with repairs were experts in a variety of categories including clothing, bicycles, small engines, small appliances, wooden items, and computers.

“We did about 45 repairs in four hours, similar to what we did during our first Repair Cafe last September,” Fix said. “The busiest repair categories were small appliances and bicycles. The oldest items that were successfully repaired were a transistor radio and an antique lamp.”

Some of the volunteers were professionals in their fields, while others had learned their repair skills through personal interest and curiosity.

“Volunteers are never difficult to find,” Fix added. “They volunteer very willingly to offer their expertise and advice.”

Jim McKnight, one of the volunteers offering help with small appliance repair, was one of those who learned his skills through passion rather than profession.

“I just started taking things apart,” McKnight said of his repair experience. “You get tired of buying new stuff so you learn to fix old stuff.”

Local businesses were also involved in the event, but those who volunteered their time simply came out because they wanted to help the community.

“I’ve given out a lot of business cards so far,” said Tyler Hudgeon, who was offering computer repair services. “That’s not really why I’m doing this though. I just came here to help out.”

All of these volunteers, Fix explained, were not just there to offer a service, but also to help people in the community learn about repair.

“The concept is not that you come in here with your toaster and say ‘please repair my toaster,’” she commented. “The idea is that you and the expert volunteer work together and hopefully repair the item, and then maybe you leave with a new skill.”


Just Posted

Questionable reffing is becoming the NHL norm

Perhaps mandatory eye tests would help boost officials’ capabilities

Local team wins Halkirk Seniors bonspiel

Yoga classes available in Halkirk area

Parental guide to “Hour Zero” program released

Clearview Public Schools advises parents what to in an emergency

Big Knife 4-H Beef Club conducting their annual bottle drive

4-h kids would appreciate your support for their club

Endiang floor curlers participated in Halkirk Valentine-themed bonspiel Feb. 15

Lots of clever Byemoor people escaping winter to warm destinations

WATCH: Red Deer celebrates one year out from 2019 Canada Games

Community gathers at Great Chief Park to commemorate Games milestone

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Opening Ceremonies held for 2018 Provincial Masters Tournament

Eight men’s teams & seven ladies’ teams face off to see who will represent AB at Nationals in Surrey, BC

Online petition started against proposed RV Resort at Buffalo Lake

Petition against the Paradise Shores RV Resort has collected over 800 signatures

Canadian support split on Trans Mountain pipeline debate: Poll

Angus Reid poll surveying Canadians on pipeline stance finds no clear winner

Student protest outside White House a snapshot of American gun debate

Demonstrators take part in a student protest for gun control legislation in front of the White House

Feds can’t do much to fight fake news in Canada

Federal government can’t do much to fight fake news: Canadian Heritage documents

Canada’s Boutin wins silver in women’s 1,000 short track

Women’s 1,000-metre short-track speedskater Kim Boutin wins silver the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Thursday

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Most Read

Weekly delivery plus unlimited digital access for $50.40 for 52 issues (must live within 95 kilometers of Stettler) Unlimited Digital Access for one year for $50.40 Prefer to have us call you? Click here and we’ll get back to you within one business day.