I hope you have been able to take advantage of the lovely weather when we have had it, and have made the most of the relaxation in the restrictions by doing some socialising.
It’s been difficult to keep track of what we have all achieved between us because we are not meeting up and collecting in items before distributing them. We normally only report on what has been donated from us but I’m aware that there’s a stockpile of bags and twiddlemuffs ready to go. Here is a list of the things that we know have been done:
Since the last newsletter we have:
- Made and donated 65 sets of Scrubs to York and Leeds Hospitals
- Made and donated 36 Scrub laundry Bags for Martin House Hospice
- Made 200-300 face masks for local people and organisations who deal with vulnerable people.
- Made and donated 2 community cupboards for local villages to swap seedlings, plants, surplus fruit and veg etc.
- Made and installed an owl lodge in a local wood.
- Washed, mended and ironed in preparation for the School Uniform Store
- Been interviewed live on Tempo FM radio (11.20 Mon 29th June) about the Community Patchwork
If you live local toTadcaster,you will be able to pick up all the things that you need to be able to complete our projects and drop the finished items off for us to distribute to the various worthy causes. If you live further away you can still join in as we can supply instructions and support you so that you can “make a difference.”
Drawstring toiletry bags
Our new sewing project is to make small drawstring bags for donation to York and Selby Hospitals. These are to be used to hold basic toiletries required by patients staying overnight but do not have any with them. The method of making them is the same as for the YorKits bags, (and the PPE uniform wash bags we no longer make) but the size is much smaller. The fabric does not need to be water repellent.
By the time the kids go back to school in September many will have grown a lot since they last wore their uniform and they will need completely kitting out which can be just too expensive for some families. A new Tadcaster Grammar School uniform is being introduced but the old one is still acceptable for next year. We are working in conjunction with Chalks School Uniform shop and The Barn to upcycle used uniform and make it available free to those who need it, although donations are welcome. The uniform store at The Barn will be open during the last two weeks of July and the last two weeks of August. We have been washing mending and ironing donations of uniform in preparation. If you are able to contribute any TGS uniform please take it down to The Barn as soon as possible so we can get it out on the racks to make it available.
We’ve made a total of 52 sets for York and Leeds hospitals this month making a grand total from the Tadcrafters team standing of 258 sets. We have now stopped making scrubs as have the larger teams we have been feeding into. In addition to this the team made 36 Scrub laundry Bags for Martin House Hospice and bags to wash face masks in. Huge thanks to everyone we have been working with in both the York Scrubs team and the Boston Spa Scrubbers. We hope to continue to work with you and meet up sometime in the future
Sandra, who has been leading our team of expert sewers, said “It’s been a great project to be involved with, but I’ll be glad to get back to the gentler pace of ‘normal’ Tadcrafters!”
The Yorkshire scrubs group have also been making squares (pictured above) to be made into a patchwork quilt which will be housed in the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds once completed.
Don’t forget to make your contribution to this project to commemorate this incredibly strange period of our lives, and remember the people and organisations in our area, some of which might not be with us in 2021. Now The Barn is open again you can drop-off your completed 15cm/6” square. The new gates are always open which means the back door is accessible 24/7 and you can just pop your envelope through the letterbox if no one is around. There have been some really lovely ones that have come in already. They don’t need to be complex, just a simple shape, design or name is absolutely fine. It is open to everyone of all ages and full instructions are available by email and also on the website. If you are from outside the area you are welcome to use the information to start your own patchwork project.
Thank you to everyone who has been involved with making face masks. The system of dropping off at The Barn and picking up kits of masks to sew has worked well despite the difficulties in keeping track of how many have been made. People have also been very generous by giving donations for them and this has helped make up for us not being able to have stalls over the summer to raise funds to keep us going. When the demand tails off, if we have a surplus, we will donate them to York and Selby Hospitals who have requested them.
Over the last few weeks the YorKits team in York have been busy making facemasks to support their funders, Rotary. When international travel opens up there will be people travelling out with the feminine hygiene kits again and we will need plenty of liners, shields and drawstring bags to make them. Packs of fabric/components will be available at the drop-in session for you to collect if you wish to support this project that stops girls in developing countries missing out on their education.
The next Tadcrafters drop-in session is due to be on Tuesday 14th July 10.30 to 12.30 at The Barn!!!! Because the restrictions have eased and the incidence of the Covid19 infection has reduced we are hoping to be able to have a session where you can come along to drop-off items you have made and pick-up new supplies for a range of projects if you want to. We plan to meet in the playground at the back of The Barn so we will remain outside. Let’s hope the weather stays nice but we will sort some shelter if not. Because we will be outside there are no plans to sit and work on projects together as we usually do but hopefully these arrangements are a good compromise and a step in the right direction. Please come along to say hello even if you are not picking up or dropping off.
There may be some people for who a zoom group session might be more appropriate, for example people who might like to meet up in the evening, live too far away or who are unable to join us at the Tuesday drop-in session for whatever reason. If that’s the case, please let us know and we can look into a regular zoom session to connect all our volunteers.
The TadGrafters will also be meeting again on Wednesday 15th July 4-6pm in the playground at The Barn. This will be an opportunity for the Grafters to spread out and split some pallets to be able to take the wood home and continue to work on projects there. We’ll also be discussing plans and ideas for new projects in the autumn that can be distributed at a time when they might be most useful. Ideas so far have included bird boxes and planters.
In August we hope to be able to do some whittling round a camp fire up at Little Land. This is a beautiful area of woodland, just outside Tadcaster on the Boston Spa road, which is used by Chub Perkins as an outdoor art gallery for his amazing work. Little Land is already home to a TadGrafters bug hotel, hedgehog lodge and now a very impressive Owl Lodge which was installed recently. Many of the wood-working tools the TadGrafters use used to belong to Chub’s father-in-law so we are especially pleased to be able to support the wildlife there. Look for the Little Land facebook page if you want to find out when it is next open to the public.
In addition to some stunning animal homes, Grafters Nick, Richard and Keith have been busy making community cupboards which have now gone to local communities so they can have a central place to leave surplus garden produce, books etc to swap.
For safety reasons, TadGrafters places are very limited. If you have not been before and are interested in coming along please email to confirm your place.
Sherburn (and surrounding villages) Group
The Sherburn drop-in sessions are still postponed at least until after the summer but the group continue to work individually co-ordinated by Karen. We hope to be able to make our facemasks available in Sherburn Library soon, and facemask kits to make up too. There is now a Sherburn mailing list and a Sherburn Facebook chat group to be able to connect volunteers in the area and allow those people to work together on projects and share resources etc. building links ready for when we have some drop-in workshop sessions. If you would like to be added to this group please email email@example.com so you can be informed and share information relevant to you.
Future events and projects
Tadcrafters Market: As the current situation is still so uncertain regarding the safety of individuals and the possibility of a return to restrictions we have regretfully taken the decision to postpone the Tadcrafters Market again to some time in May 2021. Tables at the event were all taken and we hope that the vendors will all still be able to make the new date when we make a decision nearer the time. If you are interested in having a table and would like to be kept informed please email us and ask to be put on the market mailing list.
Advanced skills sewing group: We now have a very talented group of people who have been making scrubs and now 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
Please stick to our current projects as other items can be hard to find homes for. We are able to supply materials at the drop-in/pick-up session. We need to focus on a few projects at a time so we can support everyone, maintain our standards and supply items that are wanted by worthy causes, in appropriate quantities. If you need help, please ask.
- Toiletry bags for York and Selby Hospitals.Please email for instructions. Available ready cut.
- Personal effects bags forSt. Leonard’s Hospice.Please email for instructions. Available ready cut.
- 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 for domestic use only. Available ready cut at The Barn 24/7.
- YorKits liners, shields and bags. Available ready cut. Please email for instructions.
- 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. Any suitable pattern, for example https://www.bliss.org.uk/support-bliss/volunteer/knit-for-premature-babies
To be discussed at the July session. See above. Please do some research to make suggestions.
- Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones.
- Snufflemats: for donation to animal charities. Please email for instructions.
- This is a great time to learn a new skill. To learn how to crochet we recommend Bella Coco on YouTube where you can follow the instructions, stopping and starting at your own pace. e.g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npIsh-o9AM0
Pictures of all our projects and information about how and who they help can be found on our website.
Wish list and how to help
We are currently unable to accept large donations of fabric/yarn etc due to a shortage of available space. Please hang on to what you’ve got as we will be grateful for them at a later date.
- 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/
Keep in touch
If you need to get in touch with us and need a response please use email. This is to protect your personal details and as conversations on social media become lost. Someone will get back to you but it might not be straight away as due to work and other commitments. The Tadcrafters Chat Group 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).
To be put on the emailing list (wherever you live) please request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk.
See you soon, 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