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N 9 B 59 C 1 E Feb 8, 2023 F Feb 8, 2023
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Mal at Work

Here's Mal, one of the men volunteers at work at the Repair Café which we visited.

He showed me the merry-go-round he had repaired so that "the drummer drums and the lights flash on and off."

Looking at the back of the clock, originally from Jersey Pottery, he had decided to completely replace the mechanism and the battery casing.

I made him laugh when I told him that I am totally in awe of anyone who can take an item to pieces to solve a problem - and put it back together again.

Tags:   Hazel Mal volunteer Repair Café merry-go-round clock Jersey Pottery diptych collage

N 9 B 60 C 3 E Feb 8, 2023 F Feb 8, 2023
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The Human Family

Last weekend, Ray decided to visit Meon Valley Repair Café which he had read about on the local Next Door community website. He was taking a piece of garden machinery, a broken leaf-blower. I decided to go too with my camera - just in case - plus hopefully have a walk afterwards. (I also understood that there would be bacon for breakfast.)

Arriving at Waltham Chase Methodist Church where the Repair Café is held on the first Saturday of each month, we met Neil on the reception desk, not his usual role but standing-in for an absent member. Details were taken and Ray explained what he had brought.

I took the opportunity to ask Neil if he would be the subject of a photo for my strangers' portrait project, once the queue of people had subsided. He readily agreed and in the meantime we visited the kitchen area for breakfast of bacon baps and coffee - and cake. Ray then investigated how two volunteers were progressing dismantling his leaf-blower, while I returned to Neil on the desk for a few photos.

Neil was one of four members who set up the Repair Café, based on the Dutch model and with a grant from Veolia and Hampshire County Council. The day we visited was the first anniversary of the set-up, now staffed, after one year, by around a dozen volunteers repairing items, and not forgetting the ladies running the kitchen and their home-made cakes.

Other folk had noticed the first entry on the website so that brought in more people that morning with items needing repair and also more volunteers wanting to help.

Neil seemed a tad nonplussed when I asked him about other interests, then thought to tell me he is a parish councillor and also runs a Men's Shed at the church once a month on a Thursday evening providing coffee and cake, and hot dogs, a favourite for all, and a space for men to meet and speak with others about any issues they wish to share. His main work is running his own electrical business.

I thanked Neil and took his email to send photos: Ray checked the work on his garden machinery and, once home, soon received more helpful information about its progress. The Repair Café runs solely on donations so that nobody is deterred from coming for help because of excessive cost.

I also met Mal repairing items, the subject of another post.


This is my #128 submission to the Human Family Group. To view more street portraits and stories visit:
www.flickr.com/groups/thehumanfamily/

Tags:   Hazel Neil The Human Family Meon Valley Repair Café Waltham Chase Methodist Church #128Neil

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Pruebas...
Ver foto en grande

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Pruebas de resistencia...
Ver foto en grande

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N 94 B 478 C 32 E Feb 5, 2022 F Feb 8, 2023
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