The Repair Cafe is a community service run by members of Cornerstone Church skilled in a range of repairing trades (seamstresses, electricians, bicycle and vehicle mechanics, carpenters and general helpers).
Using tools, know-how and searching for new skills online, the repairers work with those visiting the cafe to repair goods that will otherwise be thrown away and become landfill.
The Repair Cafe has been running monthly since 2017 and has so far put bikes back on the road, clocks on the wall, white goods in the kitchen and clothes in the wardrobe. As it has become a recognised resource in the community, we are confident that Repair Cafe has a great future and so are keen to boost its resources and appeal.
Running as a free service, Repair Cafe accepts donations for labour and materials but regularly foots the bill for all work required.
Epping Forest District Museum (EFDM) is launching an appeal to save a medieval gold ring found in the parish of Willingale before the item goes on sale on the open market.
It is the first medieval gem set ring to be found in the district, and the first known finger-ring to be discovered in the parish of Willingale. The decoration is of an extremely high standard and, to the best of our knowledge, unique.
In total £11,500 is needed to save the ring and buy a display case for the community ensuring it is on free public display for generations to come. The campaign has already received support from the ACE/V&A Purchase Grant Fund and SHARE Museums East and EFDM has committed funding from its reserves leaving £3000 to be raised.
If the target’s reached the ring will go on public display in the museum’s newly renovated core gallery saving it for current and future residents to enjoy. If the funding is not raised, the ring may be sold on the open market and possibly leave the UK permanently.
Since the first one in 2000, the Kelvedon Community Festival has provided a fun, family friendly day of live music, local acts and stalls and throughout the years has remained free to enter. Featuring two stages of live music, a silent disco tent, a kids zone and stalls from around the local area, the festival has become an integral part of the community. The festival will be taking place this year on Saturday 14th July.
Got an idea in mind for a project to improve your local community?
Some people have already had the following ideas and there are even more waiting to start crowdfunding with the Essex Crowd too:
A repair hub
A new zipwire
A toddler group
A community garden
On Tuesday 27 February, 10-12pm, the team behind the Essex Crowd will be hosting a FREE workshop for you to come along to, ask any questions, gather as many crowdfunding tips as possible and to really find out how your idea can happen.
Crowdfunding pledges from your community can start from as little as £2, and don't forget that Essex County Council can pledge up to £5,000 to support your project idea too!
The workshop will be held at Colchester United Football Club, Tuesday 27 February, 10-12pm. Book your place now and tell everyone about your idea and find out how crowdfunding can make it happen.