LOCAL Matters community space in Tavistock hosted a Repair It event recently, which saw local people bring along broken electrical and IT appliances for free repair.

Organised by Emma Croft from Recycle Devon, the event was deemed a success with 19 people attending. The volunteer team was able to fix, diagnose faults or signpost to specialists 16 of the 22 items brought along, which equates to 75% of the items being diverted from waste and have their useful life extended.

Roz Catlow, Tamar Energy Community administrator, said: ‘It was great fun hosting this event and we even got our hoover mended.’

Tamar Energy Community (TEC) and Transition Tavistock, which helped organise the event, said there was a lot of interest in repair cafés and will be looking into setting up a regular repair café in Local Matters in 2017.

If you’d like to get involved or have any suggestions, email [email protected] or call into Local Matters on Elbow Lane, Monday to Saturday, between 11am and 1pm. Pictured left to right are Transition Tavistock co-ordinator Kate Royston, the four volunteer menders Barry Isaacs from Western Web Computer Services, Myles Simpson from Yeltv, Transition Tavistock volunteers Ian Daniels and Adrian Hepworth and Emma Croft from Recycle Devon.