April - Make do and mend

Why repair?

Repairing saves you money. It saves the environment. And it connects us to our things. Don't throw away. Join the repair revolution.

We'd like to promote reuse and local repair services such as bike repairs, computer or electrical equipment repair, household goods repairs and sewing or crafting groups.

Lots of shops offer repair services - look on your high street, search online or in local directories. You Tube also has lots of repair videos which could help you if you want to repair items yourself.

If you'd like to promote your repair service please email communications@selby.gov.uk.

Tadcrafters - a community group based in Tadcaster that make all sorts of crafty things to give away to worthy causes or raise funds for the group.

Funiture reuse - could your furniture be used by someone else? If so, it could be collected free.

Cyclesense - repair your bike, don't bin it.

Selby Scrap Store - is a fantastic Community Interest Community that is all about reuse and crafting. Get making and doing - and help support vulnerable people in the local area. Their store at Unit 19, Ousegate, is a treasure trove for crafters, DIY enthusiasts or anyone looking for something a little bit different. Find them of Facebook @selbyscrap. Local charity Open Arms - Selby is based in the same place - this group provides support for individuals with learning disabilities and other needs. They provide an in-house day service where people can enjoy a wide range of activities from arts and crafts to days out and socialising. Visit  to find out more. 

Selby Sewing Bee - a small group of sewers meeting togeether to share their skills and have fun. The monthly meetings are for anyone interested in learning a new skill or just wanting a two hour sewing session with great company. You can bring your own project along (£6) or choose from one of their mini projects (£12) including pattern and fabric. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.

 Run by sewing enthusiasts Rachel and Donna,  they explained: “We started the class as we used to go to one which stopped but we gained so much confidence at trying new skills and patterns. And because of the other ladies, we learned different ways of doing things and gained confidence. Everyone is welcome to come along.”

Meetings are suitable for newbie sewers and experienced sewers. The Sewing Bee meet at Brayton church, usually on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm. Find them on Facebook or email sewdivalicious@gmail.com.  

Swishing - A swishing party is a great way to update your wardrobe; it's fun and won't cost you a penny. You just swap your unwanted clothes with other people! It's really easy to organise your own swishing party and it can be as big or small as you want, a small group of friends or your whole workplace!

We've just held one - it was easy to do and lots of staff came along to swap their clothes, shoes and accessories - if you'd like advice about organising your own, get in touch and we'll share our tips. Email jwalden@selby.gov.uk

It went so well, we're planning another one later in the year!