RE LOVE THE PRE LOVED. The Pembrokeshire Remakery finds a new home in Fishguard.

Pembrokeshire remakery

I popped in to the  Pembrokeshire Remakery this week at  it’s new home at Unit 8 Feidr Castell Business Park, Fishguard.

 For those who haven’t come across the fab little project yet ( so where have you been?), The Pembrokeshire Remakery, is the first  of its kind in  Wales, helping to  divert household items from landfill and offering  workshops, training and opportunities to share skills in repairing furniture, mechanical items and basic home electrical goods.

Nicky Middleton-Jones, who , with her partner Stephen Merrill is the brains behind the project, is an old friend to and was happy to show us around the  new premises.   “ Tell people to come and meet us. There is so much going on and it is much more than simply reusing old items that might have gone to landfill, though striving towards zero waste, is our priority. Come and see what repaired and salvaged items we have for you in our shop. All proceeds go towards teaching the local community repair skills.”

Stephen said “We already saved 7 tonnes of household items from entering the waste stream and  the move to Fishguard from Haverfordwest  will help us save even more by offering skills workshops.  We are running training sessions, teaching people how to repair and mend, and the Remakery provides information and guidance, as well as offering the space for people to put into practice their new skills.”

Remakery are  unique. As a community interest company their aim to re-educate the local community in repair and mend is working towards a zero waste living planet. They deliver free repair café events, offer upcycled focused workshops and  provide an eco-reuse information and retail hub where they  sell affordable quality second hand repaired and upcycled household items from wooden furniture, mechanical items and basic home electrical goods.

“Do you want something fixed rather than thrown it away ?” Steve asked. “Our regular Repair Cafes fix a range of Electrical items like  toasters, kettles,  and vacuum cleaners, Clothing , like  jeans, bags, and  shirts And general items like  toys, ornaments, and small pieces of furniture. We are also keen to teach basic bike maintenance.

The Remakery run these workshops at the  GATEWAY HUB, OFF CLIVE ROAD FISHGUARD, SA65 9DA. regularly. For dates and times please check out their Facebook page.

“We also have our shop at UNIT 8 ,” Nicky says,  “We are urging people to make ‘second’ your first choice and combat climate change. Our items for sale here are quality second hand, repaired and upcycled goods. All items have been saved from entering the waste stream and the income raised helps support learning and repair events.”

Do you want to be part of this project and do your bit for the planet? They are a lovely friendly bunch to work with and are currently looking for volunteers  to share knowledge and skills.

I asked what skills they are particularly seeking ?

“We are looking for people to get involved in all areas of running a Community Interest Company,” Nicky explained.

Do people have to have repair skills?

“ Tell people not to be put off if they don’t have  repair skills. We need  help running the repair cafes – hosting and serving refreshments and generally helping  out at the Remakery  with admin, marketing, sales and customer service.” 

New Autumn Upcycling Workshops
  Introduction to Chalk Painting for Beginners 
Saturday November 2nd
Saturday December 7th
BOOKING ESSENTIAL PLEASE PHONE 01437 700205 as places are limited.
A fab & fun introduction to painting & up-cycling your furniture and a
perfect starting point for beginners.
Learn all about the different paints, finishes & techniques.
See how easy this paint is to work with & build your confidence.
Learn the basics of transforming preloved furniture with “Frenchic”
chalk & mineral paint.
You will have access to a range of Frenchic furniture paint, waxes,
brushes and colour chart
Numbers are limited to 4 at present due to space, but that gives you
extra support!
Endless tea & biscuits
Practical advice for a professional finish. These workshops will be led by Nicky Middleton-Jones, Biophilic Interior Designer and all things
environmental and eco.
Bring your own small item to transform such as a chair, small cabinet,
bedside or coffee table or please ask Nickyat The Remakery to provide
you with something small to paint *additional cost if required.
Please bring a packed lunch (and if you are up for the challenge – try a ‘zero waste’ packed lunch!)
10am to 4pm
Introductory offer of £25 per person for the whole day, payable on arrival (if you need a piece of furniture to work on you can buy a piece from the Remakery, please phone Nicky in advance to discuss)
Booking is essential please phone on 01437 700205

Chalk Paint Stencilling and Waxing Techniques: Taster Sessions.

Tuesday 5th November
Tuesday 3rd December 

as places are limited!
This is a perfect opportunity for you to try out some stencilling and
waxing using a range of ‘Frenchic’ Chalk paint brand products. All completely environmentally friendly products!

If you are bringing your own piece it can be anything you have
previously painted no matter how small.
The sessions run from 11am until 3pm, with the option to stay as long or as little as you like between those times.

This is FREE event but donations would be appreciated to cover the cost
of materials and support the cause.

If you would like to work on a Remakery piece you are welcome to
purchase the piece to take it home or just practice on it and leave it at
the Remakery to be sold in the eco zero waste shop.

Want something fixed for Free?  OR Can you fix things? 

Want to learn a skill? Book onto a  workshop?

Contact :

Ailgreu-dŷ Sir Benfro/Remakery Pembrokeshire

Reduce Reuse Repair Remake

01437 700205

FROM SEPTEMBER 2019: Unit 8, Feidr Castell Business Park, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, SA65 9BB

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Kitty Parsons

In love with the sea, gifted with an almost superhuman ability to bring chaos into order. Mostly tired and often to be found hibernating through the winter on the sofa, and bobbing about in the ocean in summer.

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