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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>

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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.

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.

Painting at the new workshop update

Painting at the new workshop update – The colours are going on – all paint supplied by the college. Thanks Anna, Neil, Bill and Mick! Also see the first workstation nearly done -Big thanks to Sam B!

Todmorden Makery – A Big Thank You to Todmorden

Press Release – For immediate Release

We have been awarded Town Council grant funding to establish a community workshop located in Todmorden Community College. 

Image of the first Repair Cafe at the new Todmorden Makery workshop

Following the success of the pre-covid monthly Repair Café held in Todmorden Masonic Hall, Mick Chesterman decided more could be done to create a long-term space for people to make, create and repair, as well as provide a home for like-minded community focused projects.

Mick said “Todmorden Makery is a community workshop for repairing and making all manner of things located in Todmorden Community College. One of the leading contributions to climate gas emissions are the textile and electronics industries. This project encourages repairing objects, sharing tools and spreading knowledge of repairing.

This is a project that is good for the environment as well as being great for people. One of the key elements is as a home to a monthly repair cafe and additional workshops to help people repair their own clothes, electronics, bikes and household items.” 

Steering group member Martin Ross said: “As well as reducing waste and saving people money, the aim is to help local people gain transferable skills that will help build confidence, connections and in finding jobs and starting their own businesses. The workshop will be a resource for making all sorts of objects with a range of specialist equipment including an industrial sewing machine, 3D printer and digital media and software development tools.

The Makery is the home of a new, free to use tool library which will allow the community to borrow high quality tools from week to week. It is a home for Techtastic which aims to bridge the digital divide by refurbishing donated laptops and distributing them to people with no access to a computer.”

You can sign up to get involved or to just get updates here –

Todmorden Town Council support the launch of Makery Project with grant

Todmorden Town Council have supported the launch of Makery Project with a grant of £3,000. One of the strong elements of the grant application was the way it supported the climate emergency policies of Calderdale council. 

Todmorden Town Council support the launch of Makery Project with grant

They were also particularly interested in our plans for a tool library and the way we hope to become sustainable through a membership scheme and microdonations.

Thank you to everyone involved so far and the support of the people of Todmorden

So far the Makery has been a real team effort. Local community groups have come together to make this project happen. Incredible Edible have co-ordinated a volunteer day to clean and get the space ready for painting and local science educators Scavenger Labs have taken on the administration tasks for the first year. 

The volunteer sign up rate and participation has also been impressive. Since launching the idea this spring hundreds of people have signed up as potential members of the project.  

The Makery is located in Todmorden Community College which has recently come under community ownership via the group Todmorden Learning Centre. TLC have been very supportive allowing the project to rent the workshop part time as we get started and supplying us with paint and worksurfaces. 

Steering group member Mary Clear from Incredible Edible said: “It’s great to feel the support of the college and the people and council Todmorden behind the project. The grant awarded by the Town Council is a fantastic endorsement. 

The planet is groaning under the weight of stuff , stuff we chuck out and stuff we feel we need. lets help each other Grow skills , reuse and repurpose the zillions of tons of good things discarded. The joy of making and fixing is incredible!”

How can people get involved?

To build a strong member-run organisation. We are looking for people to get involved in the following ways.

  • Running workshops for their friends, family and other members of the space
  • Coming to the repair cafes to repair their old gadgets and clothes thus saving them from landfill. 
  • Running partnership sessions at the workshop for specialist groups

We are inviting the community to get in touch with ideas or just sign up for updates at the project website and social media.

What’s next?
We will have a launch event soon once renovations and preparations are complete. From September we will have several weekly drop in sessions running at different times of the day and the tool library open on Saturday mornings. 

Painting Update 10-6-2021

10 Litres on the wall so far! Starting to look good.

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 
  • Art and Craft Making – woodworking, textiles, low-cost crafting materials
  • Tool library – weekly rental of power tools such mitre saws, cordless drills and garden strimmers
  • Refurbishing Computers – for distribution to household that need them and software training
  • Family workshops- code club, art and tech workshops for family, kids and adults

Repair Cafe – 22-5-21 – the first in Tod College

It felt good to do a repair cafe in the new workshop space even if it is still very bare bones right now. Some great fixes!