We have a waste problem – an electrical and textile waste problem.
The UK is the 2nd largest producer of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) per capita in the world. In 2019, the UK produced a total of 1.6 million tonnes of e-waste in, equating to approximately 23.9kg of waste per person.
We have fallen in love with fast fashion with the average lifespan of an item of clothing in the UK lasting only 3.3 years before its discarded. In 2021/22 West Sussex residents threw away nearly 5,800 tonnes of unwanted clothes, towels, blankets and sheets into their general rubbish, even though most of these textiles could have been repaired, reused or recycled.
One solution is visiting a repair cafe. There are approx. 170 repair cafes in the UK and growing, and over 2,000 across the world. Repair cafes are run by volunteers who look to mend electrical, mechanical and textile items, preventing them from being thrown away.
Repair Cafes in Sussex
These are all the repair cafes we know of in Sussex:
Arundel Repair Cafe The Norfolk Centre, Mill Road, Arundel, BN18 9PA. 3rd Saturday of each month 10am – 12.30pm.
Ashington Repair Cafe Ashington Church, London Road, Ashington RH20 3JR. 1st Saturday of every other month 10am – 12pm.
BN44 Repair Cafe, Steyning, Bramber and Upper Beeding Beeding & Bramber Village Hall, High Street, Upper Beeding, BN44 3WN 2nd Saturday of the month. 2-4pm.
Burgess Hill Repair Cafe The Kiln Community space (opposite Burgess Hill Library in the Martlets Shopping Centre), Burgess Hill RH15 9NN. 2nd Saturday of every month 10am – 1pm.
Chichester Repair Cafe The Earth Cafe, The Guide Hall, 29 Whyke Lane, PO19 7US. 4th Friday of the month (except August).
Forest Row Repair Cafe Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ. 3rd Saturday of each month.
Haslemere Repair Cafe Haslemere Town Hall, High Street, GU27 2HG. 1st Saturday of the month 10am – 1pm.
Hassocks Repair Cafe URC Church Hall in Hassocks. 4th Saturday (Hassocks Market day) of every month (apart from December and August) 10am -1pm.
Henfield Repair Cafe Henfield Haven, Hewitts, Henfield, BN5 9RL. 3rd Saturday of the month, 10am – 12 noon. Contact:
Horsham Repair Cafe which we run, takes place within our Sussex Green Hub, United Reformed Church, 45 Springfield Rd, Horsham RH12 1PT. Last Saturday of each month repairs 10am – 2.30pm. Learn more here.
Lewes Repair Cafe Landport Community Hub, Landport Road, BN7 2SU. 1st Saturday of each month 2 – 5pm.
Lindfield Repair Cafe United Reformed Church, 52 High Street, Lindfield, West Sussex, RH16 2HL. 1st Saturday of each month 10 – 1pm.
Partridge Green Repair Cafe -Partridge Green Village Hall, High Street, Partridge Green, RH13 8HX. 3rd Saturday of the month 2-4pm. For more information, email
Shipley Repair Cafe Within the Shipley Community Hub, The Andrew Hall, Shipley RH13 8PH. 1st Tuesday of every month 11am – 4pm.
Storrington Repair Cafe The Village Hub, The Square, Storrington, RH20 4DJ. 3rd Saturday of each month, 10am – 12noon.
Worthing Repair Cafe Friends/Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Rd, Worthing, BN11 5DR. Last Saturday of each month 10am – 4pm.
Library of Things Share Haywards Heath, 1st Lindfield Scout Hut, Eastern Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 2LP – rather than buy, borrow a wide variety of home and garden items you may only need for a short period of time – Tuesdays 9.30am-11am and Saturdays 9am-10am.