The weather has turned a little more Autumnal now as we settle back into our term-time routine. There are still lots of activities and exciting things to look forward to, though, and it seems to be getting busier and busier.
The last month has been dominated by the UCI cycle races. Here is a brief summary of the main things the Tadcrafters team have made and been up to since the last newsletter:
10/9 September drop-in session
17/9 Last-minute bunting-making session for UCI cycling
19/9 6 twiddlemuffs, 3 hats and 5 patchwork quilts to YHTC
19/9 3 blankets, a shawl and 1 quilt to age UK at York Hospital
21/9 Tombola stall at UCI cycle race/Tadcaster festival of cycling
27/9 Su’s Interview on Radio York with Dom Busby
Thank you to
• everyone who has contributed this month, especially to those lovely people who attended a last-minute bunting-making session at such short notice. We managed to get quite a lot extra made; we’re such an efficient machine…
• Nina, Chris, Edna, Valerie, Jennifer and Anne for the twiddlemuffs, hats blankets and quilts, and especially Anne for the printed Tadcrafters logo tote bags which we will be selling for £2.50.
• Lynda, Anne and Valerie who stayed all day in the gorgeous sunshine at the UCI stall.
• Vanilla Interiors, as we are going to be receiving regular donations from them.
• Everyone who has donated bras. We sent another 125 this bringing our total now to over 2000!
The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday October 8th when we will be finishing off the bunting and knitted owls for the Jane Tomlinson OWLS project Welly Walk in November. (OWLS = Overcoming Worry, Loss and Sadness- supporting bereaved children aged 4-11). All completed items need to be with us at the drop-in session please. More information about the OWLS project is available on https://www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/our-work/owls-bereavement/
We’ll also be continuing with knitted/crocheted poppies to support the poppy appeal. Any left over from decorating the memorial in Tadcaster will be given to the British Legion for them to raise funds, and we’ll be making a start on turning the knitted bunting into twiddlemuffs.
The first TadGrafters session, for people who want to make things from wood, will be on Wednesday October 9th 4-6pm at the Barn. We have a professional joiner, Craig, who is going to lead the sessions and the plan is to make hedgehog houses by recycling wooden pallets. The session is open to people (adults) of all abilities but to make sure everyone remains safe we need to limit numbers to 10. Anyone interested in joining in should email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place, but if you only want a chat and a cuppa just pop down. If all goes well we will be continuing at this time every second Wednesday of the month.
We’ll be squashing apples again on TadApple Day at The Barn on Saturday 12th October, 12-4pm. Bring the family with you and 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’re collecting spare containers (clean milk cartons are fine) and we’re looking for anyone who might like the left over apples for animal food or compost. Help on the day would be appreciated.
We have the Duck Race (5th October) when we’ll be having a lucky dip, and the Tadcaster Christmas Market (1st December) coming up. If you are able to donate any items, ideally of a crafty nature, they would be very much appreciated. Items for the duck race are best to be delivered on the day now. 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.
Please stick to these projects if you are making at home. Other items can be hard for us to find homes for. Please also make sure that the quality of what you make is good enough that you would give it to someone you love and admire. If you need help, please ask.
• 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 on these year-round. The templates have changed so please do not cut out any pocket pouches for the moment.
• 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). Any suitable pattern.
• Poppies for Remembrance Day
• Christmas themed chocolate orange covers again this year to sell on the Christmas stall. Any left-over will be available at the December drop-in session then go to Simply a Party
• Baby clothes and jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for ages 1 to 5 to give to young families in need.
• Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
• Hedgehog homes
• 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.
Most sewing and knitting projects involve tasks that can be done by people who cannot sew or knit.
Future events and projects
• Dates for your diary: Please see the calendar at the end of this newsletter for forthcoming events.
• Tadcrafters go forth. Our next session at Aberford Village Hall is on Friday 25th October 1.15-3.15pm when we will be making bunting for the Hall and knitting poppies . If you’d like to help, or even better, encourage someone in Aberford who would like to help, please come along. We’re also looking to visit other village halls and community groups in Selby District to tell them all about our projects and activities. If you know of anyone who might be interested in a talk or a crafting session please ask them to get in touch.
• TadCrafters Market: on Saturday 16th May next year we are planning on holding a market, in Tadcaster, for crafters, £1 entrance fee. If you are interested in having a stall (£5) please email email@example.com to register an interest, but save the items on our wish list for us!
Wish list and how to help
Please have a look at our wish list for the items we currently require.
More information about each is on our website
• Chocolate oranges (widely on special offer at the moment) for Christmas-themed covers.
• Off-cuts of wood, hand tools, screws etc for the TadGrafters
• Apples and Clean containers for apple juice for Oct 12th- bring to the Barn
• 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.
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 to see if you would like to help.
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Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt