Experiment with Corona Setting
Unfortunately, the Corona problems are not over yet. On August 27 we
were open for a first experiment in a Corona setting. We are now
evaluating the results. Depending on our findings, we may be open
again in October working in a modified way. Probably visitors will be
welcome only after having made an appointment for a specific time slot.
We will keep you informed of further developments via this website
5 years of Repair Café Blixembosch, a party !!!
Because there is still plenty to repair.
Repair Café Blixembosch lives in the VTA Blixems almost every
Thursday. We start setting up tables and chairs, lowering the
self-made LED lighting, handing out the nameplates and we can start.
The website and Facebook state whether we are open from
14:00 till 17:00 hrs or from 19:00 till 22:00 hrs. There is no Repair
Café on the fifth Thursday of the month. And because the community
center is closed during school holidays, there is no Repair Café
Usually it is busy. In recent years we had the following number of
visitors from October till October: 282, 406, 472, 524 and this
year until July already 506. A clear upward trend. We try to finish
repairs immediately if possible, sometimes our visitors and the
repairs have to wait for parts. We started with 12 volunteers in
October 2014 and now (mid 2019) we have grown to 17 volunteers.
The results show some variations: Between 60 and 80 percent being repaired.
The start was made possible by four sponsors Merk pedicure, Cafetaria
Blixembosch and Haarmode Rob, each donated 100 Euro and the Lions club
donated 250 Euro. Big thanks for that. Tools, a small stock and the right
to use the Repair Café name have been paid from that money.
All these years Lumens has offered us hospitality at the VTA and
we are of course very happy with that.
It's a party to fix things instead of throwing them away. There is
plenty of experience, mechanics, electronics, chemists and
just handy men and women who have seen a lot and often find a
solution together. And don't forget our reception that makes the
first visitor contact, keeps records and provides coffee and tea.
We use the slogan "Throw it away? No way!". We do not earn money with
the repairs but have a lot of joy when a repair is successful and the
visitor is satisfied. Especially if it is a precious heirloom or
a non-replaceable doll or teddy bear of a child. We learn from every
repair. In particular, the "disassembly" of devices can always be
better, but actually that is the fault of the developers. Taking too
little into account the repair requirement and having too much the
mentality "defective means throwing away". Very slowly this is
changing and disassembly and repairing becomes easier. On the other
hand, PCs, tablets and smartphones provide new challenges. Tablets
and smartphones are no longer easy to open and repair, but fixing the
software "repair" is part of it.
Fortunately, there are also repairs that are easy once the device or
toy is open. And if the repairman has an issue, there is always help
from colleagues or the internet and we keep learning all the time.
For example, we have standard repairs for Senseos and vacuum cleaners.
With those vacuum cleaners you always get dirty fingers, but those are
easy to clean. We also have a small stock of capacitors, fuses, screws
and glue that we can use. And not to mention a lot of fun when we
discover something again. Clothing repairs and help with sewing, some
ladies stand their ground. Finally the costs: there are only costs if
defective parts have to be replaced, all other contributions are
We repair from teddy bear to TV and from antiques to PC, but we do not
guarantee that it will work again. On average, more than half of the
repairs are successful. And if it doesn't work, we advise our
"visitors" what a good alternative is. We all benefit from the
Repair Café, the visitors with their repaired stuff and the
volunteers with the pleasure and knowledge of how to repair something.
A lustrum is fun to celebrate, but at least the repair work
continues because that is much more fun. Everyone is welcome on
October 24 in the Blixems community center. At 1 o'clock we start
with a small official part, we treat ourselves to coffee and cake,
and from 2 till 5 we go to repair again. All visitors old and
new are welcome.
ANWB Bicycle Lighting action 2017
In the month of October Repair Café Blixembosch takes part in the
De ANWB Light Brigade. This is committed to well-lit cyclists. That is
desperately needed. Because research shows that last winter 67% of
Dutch people experienced an unsafe traffic situation by cyclists
without light. In addition, it appears that 20% of bicycle accidents
occur in the twilight / dark. In our Repair Café, bicycles are
checked for good bicycle lighting and - where possible - repaired.
In addition, points such as the brakes, tire profile and saddle height
are checked. The action period is in October. So bicycles are well lit
before the winter season starts.
Repair Café Blixembosch conducts its 1000th repair
In less than 2.5 years we have made 1000 attempts to repair your
defective stuff for free. More than 600 repairs have also been
The chairman of our neighborhood association has ceremonially handed
out the 1000th registration form to our most loyal visitor.
Our coordinator then successfully completed the 1000th repair.
Pass-through action of Repair Café Blixembosch
We Brabanders call the top floor of our house the ZundZolder (Waste
attic). That is because there are often things that are a waste to
throw away. When cleaning up her attic, a local woman comes across
a number of disused devices. This time it is not good to leave the
still usable devices unused for longer. The holidays are
approaching and she contacts us, the volunteers of Repair
Our goal is reuse, so we take over the devices and check them all
carefully. If it appears that the devices are still working properly,
we will look for new users. Via the internet, we will raffle the
devices among those people in our city who have a hard time. The
lucky ones come to pick up their new acquisition themselves during
our last Repair Café of the year. A nice Christmas gift.
The equipment of the zundzolder is in use again and the new owners
are happy with it. Throwing away is a waste. Reuse, that makes us
Spare parts and repair webshop ReplaceDirect and the Repair Café
Foundation collect old smartphones throughout the month of December
in the Netherlands and Flanders to repair them and donate them via
Repair Cafés to people who urgently need a new smartphone, but who
for example lack the money to buy one themselves.
See website Repair Café Organization.
You can also contact us or visit us on December 22nd.
Opening on 3rd Thursday of the month
From January 2017 we also open our doors in the evening from
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The extra
evening is provisionally until July. In June we will decide whether
the extra day will be definitive or not.
ANWB bicycle lighting campaign
95 percent of cyclists believe that unlit cycling in the dark is
dangerous, and yet only 4 in 10 cyclists do not immediately replace
a broken bicycle lamp. With good lighting you increase your safety and
the chance of a collision in the dark decreases with 20 percent. Our
Repair Café therefore participates in the ANWB bicycle lighting
campaign. 6 and 13 October are all about bicycle lighting. On those
days you can come to us with your bike with defective lighting and
together we will see how we can get you back on the road safely.
During the lighting campaign, you can of course also come to us for
all other repairs.
Moved to a new room
After a year and a half we moved to another space within the VTA. From
today we are on the left side of the entrance, where the primary school
library used to be. The first weeks will be a bit of improvisation
with the interior, but that is temporary. We now have more space and
can help more visitors in parallel.
Opening Repair Café Blixembosch a fact!
Although some bumps had to be overcome, the Repair Café Bixembosch
opened its doors on October 16, 2014, as planned.
Our volunteers were present well in advance to prepare everything.
The first visitors arrived far before 2 p.m. It was very hectic for
the hostesses, also because it was the first time for them. Ineke, who
was there for clothing repairs, assisted regularly, so everything went
on WELL after a short time.
Not less than 29 visitors came that first afternoon. There were all
kind of stuff to repair; from vacuum cleaners to high-pressure
cleaners and shavers. Unfortunately, not everything could be repaired
and some devices were really ready for recycling.
Some visitors had to wait quite long, but nobody complained. a few
choose to postpone their visit until next time.
During the evaluation, things will undoubtedly come up that could
be different or better, but at the end it was a very successful
first Repair Café!
Repair Café Blixembosch opens its doors
From Thursday afternoon, October 16, from 2 till 5, a Repair Café
will be held in the VTA Blixems Community Center. Volunteers with
different backgrounds will see whether or not the life of your
defective items can be extended. The next Repair Café is on October
30 from 2 till 5. After that, the following schedule is basically
Each 1st Thursday of the month in the evening from 7 till 10 and
each 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 2 to 5.
The Community Center is closed during school holidays and therefore
there will be no session of the Repair Cafe either. Look
here for the next Repair Café.
Repair Café Blixembosch on Neighbours' Day
On Saturday, September 27, Repair Café Blixembosch will present itself
on eighbours' Day. A number of volunteers will provide information
about what you can expect from the Repair Café. You can also sign up
here as a volunteer or possibly support us.