I hope you are all keeping well and are managing to enjoy some of the lovely weather. Despite the current restrictions we seem to be as busy as ever with our projects and continue to welcome new participants.
Many of you will be making things for different projects, possibly donating them to friends, family and worthy causes. Here is a list of the things that we know about.
Since the last newsletter we have:
• Donated 118 sets of Scrubs to York and Leeds Hospitals
• Donated 50 heart cushions and 56 matching drain bags to St. James Hospital breast surgery ward in Leeds.
• Supplied community interest companies tackling domestic abuse and poor mental health with 30 face masks.
• Talked live on Radio York with Jules Bellerby about the Community Patchwork project
• Started making community shelves and community cupboards for local swapping of seedlings, plants, surplus fruit and veg etc.
The next drop-in session is due to be on Tuesday 9th June.
We are hoping to be able to meet at the Barn very soon, in the meantime we will continue to meet by Zoom 10.30 to 12.00 as it worked well last month. If you have not tried Zoom yet please give it a go. As long as you have a laptop, smartphone or similar device with a microphone, camera and access to the internet you should be able to join in pretty easily. If you would like to join us and have a chat about what you have or have not been making please email email@example.com and I will send you the link to the meeting. If there is sufficient demand from people who would like an evening session I will organise it, so let me know. You don’t need to be local to Tadcaster to join in. It would be lovely to meet some of the people who have been getting involved further afield.
Due to the continuation of the lockdown the TadGrafters session will not be going ahead in June but there might be the opportunity of an outdoor meet up in July. The Sherburn drop-in sessions have been postponed until after the summer but the group are now starting to work together co-ordinated by Karen. Please join in the 9th June zoom session if you would like to “meet up” with others in the Sherburn group.
Keep in touch
A few more people have joined the Tadcrafters Chat Group on Facebook and it has been lovely to see what people have been up to as they have shared their “makes”. This is a great way to keep in touch with each other and be inspired. You can also follow the Tadcrafters Page on Facebook, twitter and Instagram (@Tadcrafters).
As ever, if you need to get in touch with me and need a response please use email. This is to protect your personal details and as conversations on social media and on my personal accounts become lost. I’ll do my best to get back to you but it might not be straight away as I have work and other commitments.
Stay safe and stay connected
• Tadcaster Community Action Group and the local helpline number 01937 326010 are continuing for the foreseeable future to support people in the area. They are working in partnership with the Town Council and other local organisations, co-ordinating requests for help and a list of volunteers who are willing to do shopping trips and pick up medicines etc for people who need them and are isolating. They are also on Facebook.
• If you or someone you know needs a hand to be able to connect by zoom/skype etc, direct them towards this guidance from the BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51968122
Carrying on Crafting
We are still giving out supplies to people (for free so that they can join in our projects and return the things they make for us to distribute to worthy causes), as we usually do. I’m doing most of the sorting and the delivery but as the lockdown eases we hope to return to doing most of this at The Barn and will be able to accept back in the items that you have made. Please continue to hang on to what you have made for the time being unless it is for the supply of scrubs or facemasks. If you would like anything please make your request by email and be as specific as possible about what you need, how many, and where you would like them delivering. If you would like materials for your own project, that’s fine but a donation would be appreciated.
Thanks to the Tadcaster Volunteer Car Services Association we have been able to send deliveries out to the north of Selby District including Sherburn, Ulleskelf, and Church Fenton. As the lockdown eases we are hoping not to need them as much but their support has been very much valued.
We’re still able to supply the materials used for our usual twiddlemuffs, snufflemats, and bags projects but we’ve been supporting people to “make a difference” with a number of different projects too.
We have finished making uniform wash bags now and it looks as though the demand for scrubs is slowing down now too. As the government has suggested that people might like to wear face masks we have started making these for the general public, however we are asking for donations to support our activities.
Work on the Tadcaster Community Patchwork is now well on its way. We have had some beautiful examples but if you feel your skills are not quite up to the same standard please don’t be put off. We would like everyone of all abilities to get involved. The project is not to showcase the skills of a few people but as a thoughtful and reflective activity to commemorate this unusual and unprecedented time. We are planning to create a wall hanging to celebrate the amazing community we live in with people of all ages, and genders, to joining in by making a 15cm/6” square that represents themselves, a loved-one, a feature or an organisation in Tadcaster. Think of a display that looks like a zoom screen! Please take a little time for some quiet contemplation, maybe remember someone who is no longer with you, join together with friends and family and make your contribution to the project.
More detailed instructions and support are available by email.
TadGrafters Nick and Richard have been busy with these amazing bird boxes, bug hotels and now community shelves/cupboards. These are to allow people in local areas to share plants, surplus veg or anything else they like. We received a very positive response when we asked if people would be interested in having one. We are unable to supply equipment for woodworking at home but if you would like to help make some shelves or cupboards we can try to help get donations of wood to you and we will put you in touch with someone who wants one. Please share your makes on our Facebook group chat so we can all enjoy them. For instructions see below.
You may remember that we managed to send out some hygiene kits out to India just before the lockdown. The kits were distributed in Kolcata and we’ve had an update regarding the women they were given to. They had no income so some went back to their villages which were many days walk away and without food. The charity we work with (The Hope Foundation) arranged to get food to them so they had enough to get through the first month of lockdown. Fortunately none of the people they support were starving but then along came Amphan – a terrible storm – which took away their homes so they were homeless as well as under threat of starvation. The charity raised some more money which has gone towards plastic sheeting to make new homes. If you would like more information visit
Jane is still planning to go out to Malawi in September and will be needing plenty of kits to take with her so we will be continuing to make them to be ready for her, and for future trips to India and Kenya.
Future events and projects
We hope that the TadCrafters Market will be able to go ahead on Saturday October 24th 10-4 at The Barn. We will be making a decision nearer the time.
We now have a very talented group of people who need a project to make the most of their sewing and dressmaking skills. If you are aware of an interesting and suitable project supporting a worthy cause please get in touch to suggest it.
List of Current projects
As you know, we pride ourselves on the high quality of the items we donate. We are able to supply certain materials for you but are focusing on a few projects so we can support people new to Tadcrafters to maintain our standards. If you need help, please ask.
Please stick to our projects if you are making at home as other items can be hard to find homes for. Please note deadlines where applicable.
Unfortunately we are going to miss out on funds we normally raise at our tombola stalls over the summer months. We have not made face masks for hospitals because it is not possible to make them to the required standard, but as there is a demand from people who would like to wear them when visiting enclosed spaces we are making and supplying them, for a suggested donation of £3. These will be available at The Barn where you can choose your preferred colour, pattern and size. Orders for 10 or more should be made by email. Payment can be made by cash or on line through our local giving page. https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
If you would like to help us keep up with the demand and help to make some it would be very much appreciated, all materials can be supplied.
We have been asked by Martin House Hospice to knit baby clothes for premature and newborn babies. We also would like to donate baby clothes to the Baby Bank in Leeds and Homestart in York. If you fancy something a little more challenging than twiddlemuffs or bags then you might like to give this a go. See the link below for some ideas for patterns.
• Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. Please email for instructions.
• Tote Bags for York Teaching Hospital Charity. Please email for instructions.
• Tadcaster Community Patchwork. Create your own 15cm/6” square with an image that represents yourself, a loved-one or feature of Tadcaster, and should include your name. Email for an instruction sheet. Deadline TBC
• Face Masks. Please email for written instructions or follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJQexwK8Yg NB these are not for hospitals just for personal use only.
• Scrubs. Please email if you are interested in taking part in this project
• Twiddlemuffs for people with dementia. https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/docs/trust/pr/2015/Twiddlemuffs_Instructions_24-01-15.pdf
• Cot-sized blankets for HomeStart York- supporting young families https://www.homestartyork.org /and Leeds Baby Bank
• Premature and neo natal baby clothes for Martin House Hospice and Leeds Baby Bank. https://www.bliss.org.uk/support-bliss/volunteer/knit-for-premature-babies
• Learn how to crochet we recommend Bella Coco on YouTube where you can follow the instructions, stopping and starting at your own pace. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIsh-o9AM0
• Community cupboards/shelves to share and swap in local areas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKu4ss5YoTk
• Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones.
• This is a great time to learn a new skill.
Wish list and how to help
We are currently unable to accept donations of fabric/yarn etc. Please hang on to what you’ve got as we will be grateful for them at a later date and will collect them when drop-in sessions start again at The Barn
• Please share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
• If you would like to make a financial donation to help us do what we do you can do so on the Local Giving website which can be found at: https://localgiving.org/tadcrafters
• Sign up to Easyfundraising to raise money for us at no extra cost to you when you shop online, https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/tadcrafterscic/
• New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
• New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight.
• Fleece fabric, or sweatshirts ideally 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/
Have a Look
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 follow us on Instagram
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See you soon (hopefully), Su.
Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt
Tadcrafters CIC is supported by
Selby District Council CEF, Tadcaster Town Council and NYCC