Successful Open Day with Permapatch Community Garden Held on Sunday 8 January 2017


At our first Café for the year 2017…

It was a frustrating problem on the Gadget table. The visitor had brought in a toaster – one side was working, the other side wasn’t. Should you advise them to toss it and buy a new toaster, or live with it? The Gadgets team didn’t think they could fix it.

They were reluctant to send the visitor away with nothing, so they cleaned it out – there was a stash of crumbs in its innards.

Turns out the crumbs were tripping the switch… a clean-out was enough to set it working again.


Then, at the sewing table, there was the wedding gown with a less-than-perfect fit. The visitor was envisioning a complicated set of darts to lose the excess fullness. The sewing team advised shifting the buttons instead. A simple operation – and one that the visitor was delighted to work on for herself.

One of the most satisfying moments at the Repair Café is when the visitor says “so that’s how it’s done -I can do that myself!”

In the Garden, the Day went well. To begin with, there were ten people arrived early for a talk on pests and diseases, which evolved into a problem-solving session of‘ask the experts’, Mandy and Jeremy from PSN. It was all very pleasant. One lady said straight out that she liked the idea of Permapatch Garden relocating to the Artamon Bowlo. A couple of people said they would put info about us on their websites, blogs etc…


Over the extended Day, there were more than 100 people through the hall. Some were repeat visitors with items to mend. Some were passers-bye, just curious about the Café, who stopped to enjoy the coffee or cool drinks and the Portuguese tarts, apple cake and savoury rice-and-sesame balls. Others had heard about it on Facebook or community email lists.

There were a dozen in the ukelele band along with Janet France, (just awarded the Willoughby Citizen of the Year!) There were friends and word-of-mouth visitors and many helpers from the Coal Loader Community Garden…


Thanks to all who worked to make it a successful day. Our next Cafés will be Sunday 5th and 12th Feb.

Congratulations too, to Bridget, who will be hosting a Pop-up Repair Café for jewellery on 16th February at her new studio in Ridge St North Sydney.

Repair Cafe enquiries- enter comments on this website or call Wendy 0410280912 or send email to

Permapatch enquiries – Mandy, President Permapatch Community Garden – or call 94362891

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Successful Open Day with Permapatch Community Garden Held on Sunday 8 January 2017

2 thoughts on “Successful Open Day with Permapatch Community Garden Held on Sunday 8 January 2017

  1. Anibelle says:

    Just wondering what time the Repair Cafe starts ?
    Is the location Chatswood South Uniting Church on the corner of Mowbray Road and Pacific Hwy ?


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