Summer is finally upon us but it’s great to see that many of you are still busy making things for our projects as well as making the most of the nice weather.
Here is a quick summary of the main things we’ve been up to since the last newsletter:
14/5 May drop-in session
15/5 Manor Farm Management meeting
18/5 Days for Girls workshop
20/5 8 blankets, 1 scarf, 3 patchwork quilts to Age UK at York hospital
20/5 10 personal effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
20/5 10 feminine hygiene kits sent off to Kolkata, India
20/5 181 “gently worn” bras sent to Smalls for All
22/5 Days for Girls meeting
22/5 20 snufflemats to RSPCA York
24/5 Rotary York Presentation evening
29/5 Directors meeting
31/5 Aberford taster session
31/5 6 snufflemats donated to Hearing Dogs in Aberford
We were invited to Aberford to see if we could encourage people there to join in our activities and possibly even start a new group. We had a very productive afternoon explaining what we do and managing to make some snufflemats. While we were there we were joined by Bella and Ruby who were being trained to become Hearing Dogs and who were very happy to try out the newly made snufflemats which they enjoyed very much with the addition of a few treats.
The next drop-in session will be on June 11th when we will be continuing to make sewn and knitted bunting for the UCI cycle race in September. We are really getting back into full production now and will have lots ready to hand out to local shops and businesses nearer the time including some with our own exclusive screen printed designs.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our projects, given items they have made or donated materials this month, but especially to Sara, Sandra, Anne D, Anne H, Eunice, Edna, Sue L, Diane, Gil and Valerie for the bags, blankets, cushions, twiddlemuffs and bunting they brought in to the last session. Thanks also to everyone who helped in the last drop-in session too.
On Saturday 22nd June we are having a Tombola stall at Stutton Fair. If you are able to come down, even for just an hour or two, it would be very much appreciated. Please let us know by email or by putting your name on the list at the drop-in session. We rely on these stalls to pay for all the stuff that we can’t get funding for but is essential to keep the group going. They’re usually very popular and too much for one person to manage alone. We will also be having a stall at the Tadcaster Christmas Market on 1st December.
Days for Girls- Feminine Hygiene Kits
Days for Girls in York has been supported since it began by the Rotary Club. On 24th May we were invited to a presentation evening held by them in York where we were very kindly given certificates to say thank you for our support.
As you will be aware, we work in partnership with Issy Sanderson and her group that holds workshops in York. “Days for Girls” is a large American organisation that has very strict rules about how kits should be made and distributed. Issy’s ethos is slightly different to that of DfG because she has a greater focus on supporting women in developing countries to be able to start their own workshops, become self-sufficient, and be able to earn a living. Issy has had the support of all her team to break away from DfG to form an independent group. She is now considering what the name of the group might be, so if you have any ideas please let us know. Other than the change in name, workshops and other activities will remain the same.
10 kits made by Tadcrafters went off to the Hope Foundation for girls in Kolkata in India. Each kit will help a girl receive around 200 days of additional education. That’s well worth doing!
Quality not quantity
If you have ever seen the items that we produce you will realise that they are of a high quality. If you are making at home, help us to ensure that we keep to this high standard by checking that the fabric used is clean and not marked or faded. Please ask if you don’t understand the instructions and take care that there are no raw edges or loose threads where there shouldn’t be. If it’s not good enough to sell in a shop, it isn’t good enough to give to someone to make them feel great.
Smalls for All
Another consignment of bras went to Smalls for All this month. The next time we send some off we will have exceeded a total of 2000 bras since we started collecting them.
If you have not filled in a membership form, please can you do so, so that we can have a record of how many people support us and/or take part in our activities. This helps us when applying for funding etc. Your information is not passed on to anyone else.
You might have noticed some renovations taking place at Manor Farm which is now no longer owned by North Yorkshire County Council but by Tadcaster and Rural Community Interest Company. A new name and logo will be evident soon, and going forward it will be called The Barn at Manor Farm. Tadcrafters CIC are part of the management committee and are supporting the new owners to turn it into a valuable and well-used community asset for lots of different users.
• Bunting: for the UCI cycle races in Tadcaster in September. Templates, instructions and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Heart shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Templates and fabric available at the drop-in session.
• Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. Please email for instructions
• Days for Girls: Thanks to the team of people who work at home and who are still working hard.
• Bunting: Little knitted Jerseys for the UCI cycle races in Tadcaster in September. Please email for a pattern. Yarn available at the drop-in session or to purchase from Simply A Party in Tadcaster or Rose Trading in Scarthingwell.
• Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. We have collected lots of exciting twiddly bits to add to twiddlemuffs and we have plenty of knitting yarn, just help yourself to the bag on the “out” table at the drop-in session. Some people only like to do the knitting, some only like to do the decorating. Please ask around and team up. Please email for instructions or see https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
• Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones. Any offer to help on the stalls would be gratefully received.
• Snufflemats (For the Dogs Trust and RSPCA). We use lots of fleece or sweatshirt fabric cut into 2.5cm x 20cm strips.
• Wooden Collection boxes loan out to private parties to collect for St Leonard’s Hospice. We need wood, hinges, catches, and people to make and paint them. Please get in touch if you think you or someone you know might be interested.
• Bras which are new or “gently worn” for Smalls for All.
• Most sewing and knitting projects involve tasks that can be done by people who cannot sew or knit.
Future events and projects
• TadApple Day: Enjoying the blossom? Keep a look out for the trees that will have apples on them to pick before 12th October.
• Tadcrafters go forth: IIf you know of anyone who would like to form a small group, to join in Tadcrafters projects in their village, please get in touch.
• Gardening: We would like to encourage gardening groups of people who can care for bits of garden around Tadcaster, maybe with edible plants for anyone to help themselves. Edible York have a similar plan. http://www.edibleyork.org.uk/
• Bobby Buddies: North Yorkshire Police currently have plenty of these and will contact us when their stocks run low.
• Tadcrafters Market: in May next year we are planning on holding a market, in Tadcaster, for crafters. If you are interested in having a stall please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register an interest, but save the items on our wish list for us!
Please have a look at our wish list for the items we currently require.
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 for bunting, particularly in bold shades of blue, red, black, yellow, white and green or prints.
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
• Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts cut into 2.5 x 20cm strips for snufflemats
• Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
• “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/
• Display our posters and encourage others to join in.
• Fabric that isn’t suitable for our projects is sold to raise funds for us. NB Oxfam shops will take donations of rags/ fabrics that are too tatty 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.
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You can see the full list of how you can get involved on the “join in” page of our website http://www.tadcrafters.org.uk or come and have a chat with us at a drop-in session to see if you would like to help,
Su Morgan and Lynne Howard,
Directors Tadcrafters CIC
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