A NEW repair cafe was launched last week - and teddy bear Roosevelt was the first item to be repaired.

Taunton Transition Town volunteers launched their first repair cafe at Moose Hall in Taunton on Saturday, January 15.

Within two hours, 21 items were fully repaired - including computers, a wide variety of electrical goods, clothing and two teddy bears.

Teddy bear Roosevelt had his leg fixed at the cafe. Owner, Olga, said: "It was fantastic when Sue did what was nearly impossible with Roosevelt’s leg repair.”

As well as this, a ceramic crab had his claws glued back on and a 70 year old doll had her arms and legs fixed back on with rubber bands.

Coordinator, Jean Watson, added: “Taunton Transition Town were very pleased with the feedback from many very happy customers and grateful for the generous donations which will help cover the costs of putting on the next Repair Café in March.

"We would like to thank all the volunteer repairers for their great work in providing fixes or advice and the volunteers who helped with running the event and providing refreshments.

"We hope to run the cafe approximately every two months. The aim is to reduce the landfill waste and help people to save cash by re-using broken items. It is part of the push for a bigger local ‘circular economy'."

If you have a skill that you are willing to share for free, or if you would like to help with the running of the repair café, you can get in touch with the organisers by emailing tauntontransition5@gmail.com.