Fruit picking time

 

Maurice says: “So many apples and pears are just out of reach and you have to pick them off the floor after they have been bruised by gravity. Or climb the tree, but don’t lean out too far. Or climb an unsteady ladder.

Instead, you could borrow our extendable fruit picker which will give you that extra reach to get your produce down safe and unharmed. Your friends and neighbours will be delighted at what you can then share with them.”

Down time is time for games and puzzles.

Heather says: “Puzzles always remind me of long summer holidays as a kid. We weren’t going away for a long holiday this summer so wanted to do something to make home feel more like holidays – so we borrowed a puzzle.

It’s great to be able to borrow puzzles, because they become less interesting once you’ve done them a few times – this way you can borrow new and different ones each time

Check out all our puzzles and games.

Repair Skills mini-workshops

At SHARE Oxford we love helping you to keep your things alive for longer by fixing them at our regular Repair Cafés. However, we also want to empower people to have a go at repairing their own things. Besides being fun and rewarding, it teaches you about how things are made and how they work, and makes you value your things more.

-> A hole repair. With a little practice, this type of small sewing repair can become quick and easy!

We can already help you to access some of the tools you might need via the Library of Things – but what if you don’t have the skills? If you’re one of those people who doesn’t know where to start when something is broken, we want to help you!

Please fill out this survey to let us know what kinds of simple repair you’d be interested in learning, or get in touch via email (repaircafe@shareoxford.org) if you have any other ideas!
(If you’ve previously filled this out via the link in the newsletter there’s no need to re-fill, we do have your answers 🙂 )

We will try to demonstrate the most popular skills during our upcoming Repair Cafés (including the next one on Sunday September 1st).

We can help you to access the tools you might need via the Library of Things

Summer is also perfect for jam making using local berries and fruit.

Susan says, “I like to take advantage of the abundance of summer fruit and berries to make jams, simple ones like strawberry, but blended ones like blackberry with blueberry, gooseberry with strawberry, or even greengage with Victoria plums. I have found the large cooking pot to be useful in making 6lb or larger amounts of jam. I plan on borrowing the pot again in the autumn to make my favourite apple and tomato chutneys.”

Summer is the right time for ice cream

So, as Theresa says: “I was bored of the standard supermarket ice cream flavours, so decided to borrow this machine and see what I could whip up.  I found lots of easy recipes online and made some delicious peanut-butter-choc-chip ice cream. Sweet, savoury, sorbet…borrow this ice-cream maker and get creative in the kitchen!

Summer is also when we go away to other places, so you may want to look in our travel or camping categories.

Oxfordshire recognised with recycling award for repair café programme

Oxfordshire County council has won an award for recycling electricals in recognition of repair cafés they funded via the CAG network between November 2017 – 2018. Together, a network of 49 electrical repair cafes worked to save nearly two tonnes of TVs, radios, toasters, and other electronic items from being thrown away, helping over 1,500 residents use their items again.

One of our repair café events

We were pleased to be involved in this effort and to continue to run Repair Cafés on an ongoing basis. Our next event is 1st September at Makespace in Jericho and there’s also a Rose Hill repair cafe on 3rd August, along with others around the county. You can of course repair more than just electricals – keep an eye on our website as we confirm which services we’ll be able to offer at the next event.

Volunteer demo evening, Weds 10 July

Their pressure washer has been in high demand because of the warmer weather.
Photo credit: ITV News

We need more friendly volunteers to help us run the Library of Things and to expand our opening hours, so we can help even more people to borrow instead of buy.

No experience is necessary, so if you’re enthusiastic and you can spare a few hours per week we’d love to hear from you. You can read more about the role here, but if you want a real flavour of what’s involved, come along to our information and demo session on Wednesday 10th July from 6-7pm.

Please get in touch at libraryofthings@shareoxford.org if you plan to attend, so we have an idea of numbers. If you can’t make it to the event but you’re interested in volunteering please also email us or drop in during our opening hours and we’ll be delighted to tell you more.