THE Malvern Hills Repair Cafe's first outreach visit, to Hanley Swan Village Hall, was a great success.

Organiser Jan Dyer said: "This was the first time we had left the familiar surroundings of Malvern Cube and set up in a different venue so we didn’t know how what to expect.

"However, we were made very welcome and our team of five repairers and two seamstresses were kept busy with a varied selection of items, some of which were in urgent need of attention.

"More than 20 visitors came, not only from the Hanleys but also from Worcester, Welland and Ledbury.

"We hope this will be the first of many outreach sessions and we welcome enquiries from anywhere within the Malvern Hills area."

The monthly sessions at Malvern attract between 50 and 60 clients each month and since it was founded 15 months ago, almost 1,000 items have been examined and repaired.

"The average success rate is still between 80 and 85 per cent and most customers go away extremely happy as there are now very few specialists in the area who have the knowledge and skills to tackle the more unusual and challenging repairs," said Mrs Dyer.

The next repair cafe will take place from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, April 19, at the Cube.