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About Todmorden Makery

Todmorden Maker Space is a member-run space where volunteers help people do the following activities in drop-in and workshop sessions.

  • Repair – repair cafe activities – bikes, electronic appliances, anything that can be glued, knife sharpening & textile repairs 
  • Tool library – weekly rental of power tools such mitre saws, cordless drills and garden strimmers
  • Art and Craft Making – woodworking, textiles, low-cost crafting materials 
  • Refurbishing Computers – for distribution to household that need them (Tech Tastic)
  • Software training – code club, art and tech workshops for family, kids and adults

Report on the Introduction to Retrofit Workshop

Follow up Email to Retro Fit Workshop. 

It was great to host Jonathan Atkinson from Carbon Coop / People Powered Retrofit on Saturday 14th of May. There was a fully booked and packed room at Tod College and some great feedback from those that came.

Here’s a couple of quick reports from Jonathan.

A big thanks to everyone who attended the workshop on Saturday, we’re reviewing your feedback and planning next steps, but there is clearly a lot of interest to build on.

Here are some useful links referenced in the workshop:
Carbon Co-op’s webinar programme
https://carbon.coop/carbon-co-op-webinar-programme/
and reports https://carbon.coop/reports-and-publications/

And People Powered Retrofit’s website https://retrofit.coop/



We’ll definitely do more work in this area so here’s how to keep in touch. 

If you want to have a look at the session slides again. They are linked to here. 

If you didn’t fill in a feedback form about what you would like to do next then you can do that online here. 

Or if you didn’t come and want to come to future events you can also put your name and email down and we will invite you to future events. 

HacktionCamp 2022

HacktionLab presents “That tech is mine!”: a hacktionlab / barnCamp Reunion – featuring workshops and discussions on alt-media, radical tech collectives, right to repair, free and open source software, the maker mentality, and the old hacker ethic.

Bring what you expect to find :)

Dates – Friday 10th, Saturday 11th, and Sunday 12th June 2022

Location – https://todmordenmakery.org.uk/ and other rooms in – https://tlchub.org.uk/ and private camping nearby

What to Expect: This event is an unconference with a wide range of themes broadly about technology, justice and the environment. See here for more on Hacktion Camp 2022.

Workshops will take place in the Makerspace – Todmorden Makery and other rooms in Todmorden College.
We will be camping in a scenic and sheltered location within Todmorden which is 10 mins walk to the college.
Cost: £25 covers room hire for venue and 2 meals (Sat lunch and Sun brunch – vegetarian with vegan options) – payable on arrival – please add any allergies to the comments section of the form.

Arrive with ideas of what you want to share and we’ll work together to create a schedule for the weekend. While this is an unconference and you are free to arrive with rough ideas. It is helpful to have some workshops planned and shared in advance. If you can please do add on to the workshops page here see our wiki page for the Event

Keeping in touch – Before the event it is a good idea to be on the hacktionlab email list and to ask questions there – you can sign up for that here.

Booking Form

Before booking please do make sure you have a good understanding of what to expect from the event. Please see our wiki page for full details

    Beginners Guide to Retrofit

    Learn about energy efficiency and making home improvements

    Sat : 10.00 – 11.30 : 14th May 2022 ; FREE
    Makery Workshop – Todmorden College
    Followed by drop in advice session  11.30 – 12.30

    What do we mean when we talk about energy efficiency and retrofit? In this short, beginners guide we explore basic ideas and concepts, helping you get to grips with how you might reduce energy bills, improve your property and make your home a little bit greener.

    For: householders interested in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit, housing association staff, housing co-ops and landlords.
    Trainers: Jonathan Atkinson  

    Carbon Co-op / People Powered Retrofit
    More info and booking: https://retrofit.eventbrite.co.uk

    We are supported by our members Todmorden Town Council and the Lottery community fundss, ,

    What next at the Makery?

    What would you like to do or to see happen at the Makery next?

    Friday : 11.30 – 13.00 : 8th April 2022 (rescheduled)

    Makery Workshop – Todmorden College 

    Come share your ideas for what activities we should organise at the Makery. 

    We are a member-run space. Mostly we have been building up drop-ins which are going great. Also recently there have been some great one-off workshops run by volunteers. But we might want to do more and we also have a budget to pay workshop leaders who can’t volunteer. 

    Come to this event to decide

    This event is to ask our members, friends and partners What we should do next. 

    Or in other words what would you like to see at the Makery. 

    • Workshops for Spring and Summer – paid and volunteer-run
    • Ongoing Projects we should make happen as volunteers
    • Partnerships with other groups or freelancers
    • What resources should we buy to encourage making and fixing at our drop-ins
    • Other ideas for activities to attract a range of people?
    • How can we remove any barriers to people using our space?