Doesn’t time fly? Those of you who know me (Su) will know that I’m not great at remembering birthdays. But now I think I have surpassed myself. In writing this month’s newsletter I realised I have missed Tadcrafters CIC’s 3rd birthday in August. This means that we are now in our 4th year, amazing! I hope you have all had a lovely summer and are ready to get stuck into some lovely crafting projects this Autumn.
It’s been a quiet month due to holidays but here is a quick summary of the main things the Tadcrafters team have made and been up to since the last newsletter:
13/8 August drop-in session
14/8 108 heart cushions and 22 drain bags
29/8 21 Personal effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
29/8 7 Twiddlemuffs, 8 patchwork quilts and 3 hats to York Teaching Hospital Charity
Thank you to everyone associated with our great Tadcrafters team who has contributed to our projects, given items they have made or donated materials this month, especially to the people whose names we don’t know who just call in to drop items off and the Tuesday quilters. You might recognise some of the fabrics and decorations used in these items.
Thanks again to Valerie, Edna, Chris, Jane, Gil, Josie, Eunice, Anne and Anne for all the things we managed to send off to York Hospital and St. Leonards Hospice, and for the items which will look great on the tombola. In addition to all of that, thank you to everyone who worked so efficiently during the drop-in session so that we just about finished all the UCI bunting and finished off enough heart-shaped cushions to send off an amazing 108 to St. James Hospital. Look out for all the fabulous bunting going up in Tadcaster over the next couple of weeks.
The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday September 10th when we will be working on sewn bunting for the Jane Tomlinson OWLS project Welly Walk in November. (OWLS = Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness- supporting bereaved children aged 4-11).They would also be very grateful for any owl-themed hat or toy that you might like to knit/make that could be sold on their stall. Please bring along any patterns that you would recommend. Completed items need to be with us at the October drop-in session please. If you fancy something simpler we’ll also be making a start on knitted/crocheted poppies to support the poppy appeal. More information about the OWLS project is available on https://www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/our-work/owls-bereavement/
During the drop-in session we’ll also be asking for your ideas on projects and activities for the year ahead. We’ll have an annual general meeting starting around 1pm for people to share their thoughts. If you can’t make it you can make your suggestions via email beforehand.
UCI Cycling World Championships
Over the next couple of weeks you will see all the bunting we have made recently go up around Tadcaster to welcome the UCI Cycling World Championships on 21st -28th September. Tadcaster has a few races going through it but most importantly will be the start of the Para-cycling events, qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Make sure you see the world class competitors that visit us, even if cycling isn’t your thing.
If you haven’t already, make a note in your diary to come along to TadApple Day at The Barn on Saturday 12th October, 12-4pm. Bring with you any type of ripe apples and we will help you to chop and press them into lovely fresh apple juice. Bring a clean container with you if you would like to take some home. We’ll be looking for spare containers (milk cartons are fine) and anyone who might like the left over apples for animal food or compost.
Tombola stalls coming up
We have arranged to have tombola stalls at the UCI cycling world championships 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, they would be very much appreciated. If you are able to spare an hour or two to help run the stall on the day let us know and that would be great too as they can get very busy sometimes as we seem to be very popular.
We’re hoping to put on a couple of trial sessions on late afternoon/early evening to see what sort of interest there is with a woodworking focus. If you want to be informed of the dates, other than via social media, please email. We would also be interested in anyone who would like to help with the upkeep of the garden at The Barn or the Ingleby Drive pumping station wildflower garden.
Tadcrafters go forth
Our next session at Aberford Village Hall is on Friday 25th October 1.15-3.15pm when we will be helping them to make bunting. I know we have a few experts out there so if you’d like to come along to help, or even better, encourage someone in Aberford who would like to help, please come along.
Tadcrafters is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. We don’t need a huge amount of money because we recycle and use donated items. From time to time we are lucky enough to have specific projects supported by grants but we rely on fundraising like tombolas to cover the basic running costs.
We have already had some very generous donations on our Local Giving website:
If you buy anything online you can also sign up to easy fundraising where a small percentage of your spending is donated by the retailer at no expense to yourself. http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
If you feel moved to contribute, thank you very much.
The official open day and launch event has been postponed from Saturday 7th September. When the new date is announced, please come along to support us and chat to people who might be interested in joining us. If you haven’t been to the Barn before, come and have a look- it’s much nicer on the inside.
The Autumn WEA adult learning courses are now open for enrolment. If you know anyone who needs to build their confidence using computers, smart phones etc please let them know about the Computers for Beginners course and FREE taster session coming up at Sherburn Library. There will be courses on British Sign Language, Managing Relationships, Mindfulness, Yorkshire History and Greek in Tadcaster, and Crochet in Sherburn. Course fees are heavily subsidised by government funding and people on means-tested benefits can do these courses for free. Booklets are available at The Barn and the Library. More information is available on http://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 http://www.u3a.org.uk.
• Bunting: for the Jane Tomlinson OWLS project.. 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. The templates have changed so please do not cut out any pocket pouches.
• Owls for Jane Tomlinson OWLS project: Any owl-themed hat or toy suitable to be sold on a stall by the organisation at the welly walk. (Deadline October 8th drop-in). Yarn available at the drop-in session or to purchase, from e.g. 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.
• Apples and Clean containers for apple juice
• 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 to 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: Keep a look out for the trees that will have apples on them to pick before 12th October.
• Tadcrafters go Forth: If 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, 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 or other items that are not suitable for our projects are donated to appropriate groups or 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 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.
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Happy crafting, Su.
(Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt)