Sustainable themed ‘party’ in Bury St Edmunds prolongs life of broken electronics

Sustainable Bury restart party''Pictured: Carolyn Bramble who brought her laptop in to be fixed, Karen Cannard, Fiona Strachan (Co-ordinator for substainable Bury), Umesh Patel and Dave Lukes from Restart, fixing the computer ANL-150103-130407009
Sustainable Bury restart party''Pictured: Carolyn Bramble who brought her laptop in to be fixed, Karen Cannard, Fiona Strachan (Co-ordinator for substainable Bury), Umesh Patel and Dave Lukes from Restart, fixing the computer ANL-150103-130407009
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A teasmade, tablets, laptops and a cassette player were among the items brought to a sustainable themed ‘party’ to help fix broken electronics.

Residents sought the advice and skills of experienced volunteer repairers to mend their appliances at the ‘Restart Party’ at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Organised by Sustainable Bury, the event aims to provide a repair service while sharing knowledge to prolong the life of items and reduce landfill.

Co-ordinator Fiona Strachan said: “It went really well. We had nine people along so it was quite nice. Not everything got fixed but advice was given on parts that were required for various things.

“It empowers people. Once someone shows you how to do it you can learn and get more confident in repairing your own items at home, reducing landfill and prolonging the life of your items.

“We’re such a throwaway society and it would be nice to get away from that.”

The event was the third free drop-in clinic they have held in Bury following funding from Suffolk County Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer’s locality budget.

They are the brainchild of London based social enterprise The Restart Project, which encourages people to use their electronics longer by sharing repair and maintenance skills.

Ms Strachan said they are looking for more volunteers repairers to join the events.

The next Restart Party will be held on Saturday, May 23 at 1pm at The Apex as part of the Suffolk Festival of Ideas.

For more information or if you would like to help, email sustainablebury@gmail.com