Well, well here we are at the end of another year of fabulous makes and collecting that really make all the difference.
November has been a busy month for us as ever. Our poppies project has finally come to a close and we have almost finished our Christmas projects. We will have made 100 Christmas stockings for charities that help families who have experienced domestic abuse, as well as lots of woolly hats, scarves, gloves and blankets that have gone to help patients at York Hospital or people who have been referred to food banks. Hopefully these items can help to make Christmas just that little bit better for them.
Here is a quick summary of the main things we’ve been up to in November:
1/11 November newsletter published
9/11 Poppy decorations completed on the memorial
12/11 November drop-in session
14/11 19 bags to St Leonards’s Hospice
17/11 7 Christmas stockings, hat and gloves to Acomb foodbank
18/11 22 heart cushions and 13 drain bags to St. James hospital
19/11 20 blankets and shawls to Age UK at YDH
19/11 7 twiddlemuffs, 10 Hats and 2 blankets to York Hospital
21/11 Snufflemat making workshop with 1st Tadcaster Brownies
22/11 12 snufflemats to the Dogs Trust
22/11 30 Christmas Stockings to Women’s Aid in Leeds.
24/11 Goalball event
26/11 Directors meeting
27/11 15 Snufflemats to RSPCA York
28/11 10 Christmas Stockings to Syrian Refugees
30/11 50 Christmas stockings to IDAS (Domestic abuse support)
30/11 Hats, gloves, scarves and baby clothes to Acomb foodbank.
The next drop-in session will be on December 11th when we will be focusing on preparing materials for the lantern festival, and doing some sorting out, amongst other activities. There’s a full list of activities in the calendar at the end of the newsletter.
Thanks to everyone who has supported events and projects this month, but especially:
• Sara, Sandra, Sue, Hannah and Lynne for the Christmas Stockings
• Chris, Edna, Eunice and Jennifer for the hats, blankets, “puddings”, gloves and knitting in general
• Anne for the personal effects bags and beautiful patchwork quilts
• Jane and team for organising the Christmas stall tombola and everyone who brought items for it
• Sharon for the car load of fabric, yarn and tomabola prizes etc which will go into a variety of our different projects and will also feature in Tadcaster Theatre Company’s productions!
• Alison for taking hats, scarves, gloves and Christmas stockings to the Acomb foodbank and CAP debt counselling service.
I hope you have managed to see all the poppies we made in the Riley Smith Hall, around the memorial and the fabulous display at Selby Abbey that we contributed towards. We certainly did our bit towards the WW1 Centenary Commemorations. We also managed to get into quite a few different local publications too. The Town council asked us to pass on their thanks to all the Tadcrafters who worked on this project. They thought it made the whole War Memorial look so special and pretty, enhancing the wreaths and crosses etc.
The tags from the bottom of the RSH wall hangings are going to be removed and distributed to the families of the men named if they want them. If you know of anyone who would like some please get in touch.
Smalls for All
We have checked, double checked and checked again all the figures. During 2018 you collected a staggering 625 bras. That brings the Grand Total to 1673. Thank You!
• Joanne, Vicky and their customers at Hands on Hair and Beauty Leeds
• Anne D and her friend Jackie from the Shap Community Shop in Cumbria
• Jane S and friends from Otley
• Tadcaster Methodist Church
• Leisure Spares for packing and posting them all for free.
Keep collecting it would be great to get to 2000, for no particular reason, just because we can.
Days for Girls
We have been working with the Days for Girls team to support a Goalball tournament run by International Service. This charity has helped thousands of people in northern Ghana who are excluded and oppressed because they have a disability. The goalball tournament demonstrated the amazing power of inclusive sports to bring people together. It helped demonstrate that people with visual impairment can live a full and rewarding life. Follow this link if you would like to see their “Fair Play” campaign launch video with their fantastic ambassador, GB wheelchair basketball player and Channel 4 presenter Jordan Jarrett Bryan. Jordan has had a prosthetic leg ever since he was a child. But he knows, as we do, that not everyone has the opportunities that he did.
Days for Girls workshops next year will be on the 2nd Saturday of the month during term time. NB no Sat. workshop in March as we have the Minster event on the 7th, in April it will be on the 1st Saturday of the month to avoid the Easter holidays, and as usual no workshop in August nor in December. The venue has now changed to the WI hall in Copmanthorpe.
Lynne and Su had a lovely evening helping the 1st Tadcaster Brownies make a snufflemat each which have been delivered to The Dogs Trust in Leeds, and RSPCA in York. The girls really enjoyed reusing old school and brownie uniforms to make them, and we suspect Brown Owl and the other leaders did too!
You don’t need to come to the drop-in sessions to contribute to most of our projects so if you would like to join in by making at home or with your friends/club that’s absolutely fine.
• We have not sent many twiddlemuffs (for people with dementia) off to the Hospital lately and so it would be great if we could have a big effort to send a load. We have collected lots of exciting twiddly bits to add to them and we will be putting a call out for donations of knitting yarn of all weights to replenish our stocks.
• Please email for instructions or see https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
• Marie Curie Cancer Care have asked if we would like to knit daffodils to sell for their campaign in March. Please email for a copy of the pattern.
• Liners and shields always required for Days for Girls (washable feminine hygiene kits for so girls in developing countries can go to school) Please email for instructions. For more information on how they help: http://www.daysforgirls.org/
• Personal effects bags (for St. Leonard’s Hospice). Please email for instructions.
• Heart shaped cushions and drain bags (For the breast surgery ward at St. James Hospital). Template and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust). • Fleece, or sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips
• St Leonard’s Hospice have asked if we know of anyone who could make attractive collection boxes to your own design that they can loan out to private parties, funerals etc to collect donations). Please get in touch if you think you or someone you know might be able to help.
• In the run up to Christmas you might be doing some shopping on line. If you sign up to Easyfundraising you could help us to raise funds for no cost to yourself with every purchase that you make. It’s really easy to do.
Coming up soon
Thank you for all your donations for the tombola stall at the Tadcaster Christmas Fair. We have lots of chocolate orange and Ferrero Rocher sized covers and some extra Christmas stockings which will make great prizes. We also plan to highlight the different items we make by having some on show on the stall.
Don’t forget to use Easyfundraising if you are doing your Christmas shopping on line to help raise some funds for us (at no cost to yourself). Details below.
Once again we will be running lantern-making workshops in preparation for the lantern parade on 10th February. Thanks to a small grant from Tadcaster Town Council we are able to make lanterns at all three of the primary schools. We are hoping to receive extra funding to get help to make the really big lanterns and run some workshops open to the public on the 9/10th February.
Please start collecting fabric/sheets in rainbow colours for the cycle race in September.
We are hoping to link up with Sporting Memories in the new year, and encourage the founding of a “Men in Sheds” group. If you have an idea for a community group or activity and would like some help to get it off the ground we are happy to talk it over with you.
Please have a look at our wish list for the items we currently require.
Here is a list of current projects. More information about each is on our website or you can email for instructions.
• New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric, particularly in rainbow colours or prints.
• Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
• “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
• Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise extra money for us when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
• NB Oxfam shops will take donations of rags/ fabrics that are unsuitable for us as they have their own fabric recycling plant.
For pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website. You can see the full list of how you can get involved on the “join in” page. http://www.tadcrafters.org.uk
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Su Morgan and Lynne Howard, Directors Tadcrafters CIC
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