Social Enterprise - Repair Cafe at 15 Queen Street

Wivenhoe Repair Reuse Recycle CIC's work delivers a triple whammy of benefits for the planet - reducing landfill, saving energy and imparting skills. Shake their hands at the Repair Cafe this Saturday!

The unflappable Chris Blomeley is the brains behind the Wivenhoe Repair Reuse Recycle CIC, and he's a very handy man to have around! The organisation's stated aim is to help people in Essex and beyound repair, reuse and recycle their household items, but this translates into a number of services, all of which will make you think, "That's bloomin' genius!"

This Saturday the CIC will be at 15 Queen Street from 10am to 1pm, running one of their many repair cafes. If your sewing machine, kettle, iron or radio is giving you gip, pop along and Chris and the team will be available to help you mend it, with free use of tools and expert advice.


It's one of six venues that now host regular repair cafes, including Firstsite on Tuesday mornings 11am to 2pm, Colchester Library on Tuesday evenings 4:30 to 6pm, and the libraries in West Mersea, Halstead and Wivenhoe. 

Washing machine, dishwasher or tumble dryer playing up? Don't start flicking through the Argos catalogue! Chris and his technicians offer a low-cost repair service for white goods that means you don't have to shell out for a new machine, and saves your current one needlessly going to landfill. And if it's beyond repair then the CIC will take it away and find a use for its parts. They take the time to strip down household appliances, bikes, clothes and toys, reclaiming metals and valuable materials which would otherwise clog up our dumps. It's estimated that one technician's work can reduce landfill by 13 tonnes a year.

Wivenhoe RRR CIC also runs a Fit to Cycle programme at Rowhedge, Stanway and Monkwick Youth Centres. This sees youngsters being given the skills and confidence to refurbish dumped or abandoned bikes, with the prize at the end of the course being the newly functional bicycle itself.

Chris also runs robotics and construction workshops for Essex Home Educators, works with the Essex Youth Service to help young people with employability and is planning a one-day event in the spring next year to get together with regonal and national bodies working towards similar objectives, to promote collaboration and spread the word about what we can all do to reduce, reuse and recycle.

So, take a moment to think before you chuck those hair straighteners that are overheating. Wivenhoe RRR will gladly help you fix it at a Repair Cafe or, if you bring it to them, will repair it for you - they don’t have a fixed price list and work on a donation basis, so the cost is up to you! Now THAT's using your head!

For more information on any of these services pop into 15 Queen Street on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9:00am and 2:30pm or contact Chris on