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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 – NOW FULL

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.

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? 

Photos of the Photography Club

These are some great photos from Chris Foster of the photography club he is leading.

[Workshop] Reflective Writing

Fridays 10.00 – 11.30 – from 11th Feb (for 4 weeks)

At Makery Workshop, Tod College – Burley Rd, (next to Aldi)

Are you interested in trying out or developing some personal reflective writing. This short series of workshops may help you with personal reflection, decision making, better mental health and general well being. 

Places are limited so – Please Book – by emailing todmordenmakery <at> gmail.com

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[Workshop] Repair Re-Wear Sessions

A Textiles Surgery and Club

Repair and Rewear

Wednesdays 13.00 – 15.00 – Just Drop in!

Makery Workshop – Todmorden College – Burnley Road

This session is a chance to use the sewing and textiles equipment at the Makery.

It is also a way to get help with ongoing projects or to start new ones. 

Here are some of the things that we may be able to help with. 

  • If you want help doing alterations or repair of clothes and kit. 
  • We can help you get set up on sewing machines and cut out replacement fabric.
  • If you are getting stuck on some knitting patterns we may be able to help you get unstuck. (Judy timing?)
  • We may also be able to take on community projects involving textiles for our group to take on  – if you’re not sure what to do. 
  • Come and ask about other projects too, like upholstery, curtains etc. We can even repair tents – just come and ask.

Calling all inventors, crafters, repairer and makers. Can you fill this space?

Can you fill this space

We’ve moved things around so that there’s space for people to keep small projects in the workshop. Find out more here about how to join us as a member. todmordenmakery.org.uk/join/

Fantastic Painted Display – Octotools

So happy about the new display for the Todmorden Makery from Karen. Amazing art skills. This is a great image to sum up the Makery, friendly, multi-use workshop and happy to help.

Family Fixit Club 1st Dec 2021

A lot of productive chaos at the family fixit club

A Printable Poster for our Drop-in Sessions

It’s time for some good old fashioned posters to spread the word on our weekly drop-in sessions – He’s a simple black and white one suitable for photocopiers!

Video at the Makery about reusing Dead Tech like Laptops

Alan – @teknoteacher – came for a visit to the workshop

We visit The Makery, Todmorden and discuss the Tool Library and dEdTech – making use of old netbooks.

Monday Night Bike Repairs  

    The Makery Workshop is open and ready for your repairs and projects.    
Bike Repairing on Monday Nights   We have bike repairing happening most Monday nights.These have been going really well with volunteers able to share bike repair knowledge as well as do hands on fixing!

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Opening Event for the Makey Workshop

The Makey Workshop is now official Open – here’s how you could get involved.
  Last Saturday we invited all of our volunteers, supporters family and friends to come to the opening of the Makery Workshop to thank the College, Town Council and all of our volunteers and other supporters for their help so far.
The opening was really good – just the right number of people and both the town civic people and friends and family seemed really impressed with the progress so far. And most importantly it was a nice vibe – very friendly  It was a good celebration for the work of the volunteers who have done so much to get the workshop into a great state already.    
How to Join as a Member
  Up until now we have been recruiting volunteers to run our drop in sessions and this has been going really well. Many thanks to all who have volunteers so far!   Now this is in place you can join as a member!    Members can come into the workshop and use the space and the tools that they have the skills to use. Members can also get help with their projects from other members and volunteers.   Just come to any of our open sessions and sign up as a Member.
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First Volunteer Meeting at Todmorden Makery

(As you know) Todmorden Makery is starting up as a community workshop for repairing and making of many kinds. We  are getting up and running  with drop-ins and projects starting in mid to late September. We are running a starting session for volunteers so they know what’s going on.

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Workshop [Young People] – Family Fixit Club

Starts on 6th July – 3.30 – 5.00pm at Todmorden College Makery Workshop (just ask for the Makery at the reception of Tod College) then 13th & 20th of July  3.30 – 5.00 too

Fixing is magic. You can breathe new life into the things you love. You can build your skills up starting with simple fixes.

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Sneak Preview of Fixit the Phoenix artwork

This artwork by Govi Asano – Fixit the Phoenix – will be part of the campaign presentation of the Making Change project that the Makery is running at Ferney Lee primary school. For more info check back here soon.