July’s been a month of extremes in terms of weather. I know for a few of us that might mean hiding inside and making things to avoid the heat and/or the rain. I’m sure we’ll find out at the August drop-in session. In the meantime please take the time to catch up on the huge amount news.
Here is a quick summary of the main things the Tadcrafters team have been up to since the last newsletter:
1/7 July newsletter published
3/7 Interviewed by NYCC media team about bunting for UCI
3/7 Part of welcoming committee for Dame Sarah Storey
6/7 YorKits workshop
9/7 July drop-in session
15/7 17 personal effects bags to St. Leonards Hospice
15/7 UCI information event
18/7 9 twiddlemuffs, 10 hats, 3 blankets, 2 quilts to York Hospital
26/7 Aberford Village Hall Café session
Thank you to everyone in our great Tadcrafters team who has contributed to our projects, given items they have made or donated materials this month, but especially to Elaine Johnson Interiors http://www.fabricsandinteriors.co.uk/ for the bags of sample books and offcuts etc and Julie for the huge roll and bags of fabric. Look out for these fabrics being made into something lovely soon.
Thanks to Valerie, Diane Edna, Chris, Jane, Gil, and Anne for all the things we managed to send off to York hospital and St. Leonards this month and to Carlee for the 33 Yorkits liners. Thanks also to Doreen, Sue, and Linda for the little jumpers for bunting and especially Eunice for the 106 that she did!
The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday August 13th when we will be finishing off the UCI bunting and lots of heart cushions for St. James’. The bunting will be handed out at the end of August, but if you still need to finish off some of the knitted jumpers, don’t worry as we can string the last few together on the September drop-in session in time.
Dame Sarah Storey
The most successful female British Paralympian and multiple gold medal-winner in both swimming and cycling, Dame Sarah Storey came by recently as she tested out one of the routes of the races that will come through Tadcaster in September. More importantly she loved our jersey bunting and made sure that it was filmed as part of the video she was making to promote the races.
YorKits- Feminine Hygiene Kits
As you know, we work with a group in York who recently changed their name to YorKits. They had the official launch of the new name and logo in July and were interviewed by That’s York TV. You can see the video on YouTube and you might recognise one or two faces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeSmQKT3iOU Our calendar now includes the dates of the Saturday workshops up until the end of the year but Issy also runs workshops most Wednesdays. Make sure you are on her mailing list to be informed of any change of plan.
Tombola stalls coming up
We have arranged to have tombola stalls at the UCI cycling event (21st September), the Duck Race (5th October) and the Tadcaster Christmas Market (1st December). If you are able to donate any items, ideally of a crafty nature, it would be very much appreciated. If you are able to spare an hour or two to help run the stall on the day that would be great too as they can get very busy sometimes as we seem to be very popular.
As you probably know, Tadcrafters is run by two directors, Su and Lynne. Our activities and time commitments seem to be ever increasing (in proportion to our overactive idea generation!) and we have managed to persuade Sandra to support us as a third Director, for which we are very grateful.
We are very excited to announce that we hope to offer Tadcrafter sessions with a focus on woodworking with the aid of new a Tadcrafters volunteer, Craig. He works locally as a joiner and is wanting to help us to start off a group of people who will initially be looking at simple projects like making and painting attractive money boxes for charities to collect donations at parties and family events etc in lieu of presents.
Please get in touch if you or someone you know might be interested in being part of the group which will probably run in the early evenings at the Barn from the Autumn.
Look out for our new leaflets coming out soon which have been very kindly printed for us by a company called Kolorcraft. They asked how they could support us because they were so impressed with the work that we all do. This is greatly appreciated and means we can tell people about what we do as well as get on and do it!
Tadcrafters go forth
We are hoping to create and support new groups similar to Tadcrafters in other communities, like Aberford. Our next visit to Aberford Village Hall Café will be on Friday 25th October. Thanks to Peter and Lynda for coming along to the last one in July. We made lots more snufflemats with the help of some local families which will go to the Hearing Dogs charity (supporting deaf people).
You may be aware that Tadcrafters is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, rather than a charity. This is because we feel that a charity gives the impression of an organisation that is focussed on raising money, and we want to be known more for being after your time and donations of fabric and wool etc. instead.
A number of very kind people, however, have contacted us asking how they can donate money to help us. Some have received items that we have made or have been impressed with our work by seeing us receive awards. Although we do not want anyone to feel obliged to donate money, we think it’s probably a good idea to provide a way to allow people to do so if they wish; we can always put it to good use and make it go a long way. We now have a page on the Local Giving website where people can donate money to help us fund our projects and it can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
We have already received a very generous donation from a patient at St. James’ Hospital for which we are very grateful. If you feel moved to contribute, thank you very much.
Tadcrafters CIC are part of the management committee The Barn at Manor Farm and are supporting the new owners to turn it into a valuable and well-used community asset for lots of different users. There will be an official open day and launch event on Saturday 7th September to which you are all invited to come and find out about all the activities that go on there, and if you are available to chat to people about what Tadcrafters do, that would be appreciated.
The Autumn WEA adult learning courses are now open for enrolment. There will be courses on British Sign Language, Managing Relationships, Mindfulness, Yorkshire History and Greek in Tadcaster, as well as Computers for Beginners and Crochet in Sherburn and Spanish in Copmanthorpe. Course fees are heavily subsidised by government funding and people on means-tested benefits can do these courses for free. More information is available on www.wea.org.uk or 0300 303 3464.
Tadcaster and Villages U3A are holding their first public session at the Barn on Monday 16th September 1-3pm where you can find out how it operates and how the organisation benefits people who are semi-retired or retired. It is hoped that people will be able to meet up and form interest groups. Membership will be £12 per year. More information about the organisation is available on www.u3a.org.uk.
• 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
• YorKits: 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 click here
• 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, ideally 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. www.smallsforall.org.uk
• 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,.
• 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 at no extra cost to yourself https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
• If you would like to make a donation you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
• Display our posters, share our social media posts 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 more pictures of the lovely things we make please have a look at the “What we do” page of the Tadcrafters website.
To be put on the mailing list (wherever you live) please contact email@example.com
Join the Tadcrafters facebook page and chat on the facebook group or follow us on Twitter.
Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt
Directors Tadcrafters CIC
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.
Tadcrafters CIC has been supported by funding from Selby District Council CEF, Tadcaster Town Council and NYCC
# Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to attend YorKits sessions so that you can be contacted about any change of plan.
* Volunteers required to help please