A MONTHLY Repair Cafe is set to launch in Bewdley to help mend people's personal items free of charge.

Transition Bewdley, who open the event on Saturday April 23 at Bewdley Baptist Church, are encouraging people to bring in broken items to be fixed by volunteer repairers.

Items including household appliances, toys and clothing are all welcomed to the event, which is hoped to help reduce the number of usable items thrown away.

John Rhymer, of Transition Bewdley, said: "The Repair Cafe helps to kindle enthusiasm for a sustainable society. 

"But most of all, the Repair Cafe just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.

"We won’t compete with professional repairers. We want to focus attention on getting things repaired. 

"If we cannot repair things straight away we will help to direct visitors to the few professionals still around."  

Homemade cakes and hot drinks will be supplied at the four-hour event, which starts at 10am, while donations to help run the Repair Cafe are also welcomed.

For anyone interested in volunteering as a repairer, or to help serve refreshments, please contact John on 01299 403424 or email john.rhymer50@gmail.com.