We’ve had blazing hot sun, thunderstorms, wind, rain and persistent mizzle over the last month but the Tadcrafters volunteers have been carrying on regardless and producing ever higher quality bags, twiddlemuffs, masks, cardigans and bootees. We had such a lot last month that it didn’t all get distributed straight away but we’re getting there, and just about managing with the storage space.
It’s still a bit tricky to distribute everything yet and only some of the organisations we support are able to accept any deliveries but we’re managing to send most of it off.
Since the last newsletter we have:
- Given 141 PE bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
- Been nominated 9 times for York Community Pride award as part of the York Scrubs team
- Been awarded a Community Fund Grant to train Mental Health First Aiders
- Been interviewed live on Radio York by Jules Bellerby (again)
- Visited Little Land and done some whittling with the TadGrafters
- Given 20 snufflemats to York RSPCA
- Given 84 hats, 40 bootees, 30 cardigans, and 20 soft toys to Leeds Baby bank
- Supplied lots of masks to the local community
A big thank you to everyone who has made and donated the huge amounts of items we received in August, including Wendy who made 20 pairs of hug boots (baby bootees). Unfortunately it is proving difficult to keep track of what everyone has brought but if you would like a mention please put a note in the bag of goodies you donate next time.
Thanks to an incredibly large donation from Nicola over in Brough we now have lots and lots of excellent quality yarn, some of which our knitters got their hands on at the August drop-in session. More of it will be available in September and should keep us going for a few months.
“We wanted to say a huge thank you …Your continued support is so important to us, particularly in these difficult and testing times” Joe and the YTHC team
Knitted Baby Clothes and toys
This is proving to be a very popular project and already we’ve had over 300 items donated in the last two months alone, not including blankets and quilts. We are hoping to link up and supply some more organisations who would appreciate them.
Drawstring toiletry bags
Our toiletry bags are being supplied to volunteers cut and ready to sew or ready to have drawstrings added. They are being given to York Teaching Hospital Charity who will arrange for them to be filled with basic toiletries before being given to people who are admitted to York or Selby hospital unexpectedly and without the opportunity to have personal items brought in for them by visitors. Please email for the instructions to help you achieve a good quality finish.
The uniform store at The Barn will be open w/c 31/8 and has been an excellent example of different organisations getting together to support the community and a lot of families made the most of saving some money by using it. As the grammar school has updated their uniform now, only the new-style uniform is now being accepted for the store when it re-opens again.
Tadcaster Community Patchwork
The deadline for the community patchwork project won’t be until Christmas so there’s still plenty of time to get round to making yours as the weather gets more autumnal. Take this opportunity to represent a favourite business or local organisation that has struggled or done exceptional work in 2020, or perhaps remember a loved-one who will not be with us in 2021. You can drop-off your completed 15cm/6” square at The Barn whenever it’s ready. Full instructions are on the website and if you need materials just ask.
Thank you to everyone who has made or donated money for the face masks.
The system of dropping off at The Barn and Sherburn Library, and picking up kits of masks to sew has worked well and demand is still high.
Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags
We’ve made and donated 180 hearts and matching drain bags since January this year, over 450 hearts since we first started making 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 when they are menstruating). .Visits are planned to Kenya, India and Malawi from March next year so we are building up stocks in readiness.
The next Tadcrafters session will be on Tuesday 8th September 10.30 to 12.30 at The Barn for you to drop-off what you have made and pick-up new supplies. We will be meeting outside at the back of the building under the gazebos.. We will not be organising any workshop activities for you to stay longer yet but please come along to say “hello” even if you are not picking up or dropping off. Information about our policies, procedures and Covid 19 risk assessment is available by email and listed on the “Contact us” page of our website.
The next TadGrafters session will be on Wednesday 9th September outside at the back of The Barn.
The whittling session up at Little Land in August was really enjoyable, including the fire despite it being a really hot day. Huge thanks to Chub for hosting us at his amazing woodland outdoor art gallery. We hope to be able to go back up there before too long.
Numbers for TadGrafters are limited to will be limited to 8 at the moment but there are spaces if anyone is interested. Please email to book your place if you are not a regular. They will be making hedgehog lodges, bird boxes and bug hotels over the next few months from pallets.
There is now a What’s App group for regular TadGrafters to improve communication. If you would like to be added please email and confirm your mobile phone number to be added, or mention it to Nick at the session.
The Ulleskelf Community Sharing Shelf made by the TadGrafters outside the Post office is getting well used with lots of garden produce being shared.
Sherburn (and surrounding villages) Group
The group have now had some good donations from the mask sales at Sherburn Library which will be used to help establish the group when workshops can be re-established. If you need supplies or want to drop-off items you have made we can arrange for local volunteers to link up with you if you can’t make the Tadcaster session.
If you are based in or around Sherburn please ask to be added to the Sherburn mailing list and/or add yourself to the Sherburn facebook chat group to link up and share information relevant to you.
Potential new groups
Selby Group We have a small amount of funding to help support another local crafting group to become established to work on projects like ours. If you are in the Selby area and you think we can help you or your group please get in touch.
Bees keeping Did you know that Tadcaster was on a Bee-line? If you are interested in forming a group to look after bees please get in touch
Zoom group If you are unable to make the Tuesday sessions you may be interested in meeting up on Zoom. If that’s the case, please let us know and we can look into a regular zoom session to connect all our volunteers, wherever you are or whatever your commitments.
You may recall that earlier this year we made 268 sets of scrubs, some of which contributed to the total of 2971 made by the York Scrubs team. The Yorkshire Scrubs teams made a total of 19,000 sets; an incredible feat of volunteer organisation in a time of need. Appropriately the York Scrubs team has been nominated 9 times for a York Community Pride Award.
Yorkshire Women Volunteers Awards – We were shortlisted for the Community Volunteering Award earlier this year but unfortunately the awards ceremony had to be postponed to later this month. Fingers crossed for some good news soon.
Future events and projects
Our TadCrafters Market is still postponed to an unspecified date in May. We hope to be able to confirm or cancel the event by the autumn.
We’ll be giving out supplies to make poppies again from September and starting our Christmas projects in September and October too.
List of Current projects
We welcome anyone who would like to join us but 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-off/pick-up session and instructions are either available on our website or by email; if you need help, please ask. 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.
- Toiletry bags for York and Selby Hospitals. Available ready cut.
- Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital. Please email for instructions.
- Personal effects bags for 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 your name). Email for an instruction sheet. Deadline Christmas 2020.
- 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 and Sherburn Library.
- YorKits liners, shields and bags. Available ready cut. Please email for instructions.
- If you can’t sew there are non-sewing tasks such as cutting out, threading drawstrings and ironing that are really useful to the team.
- 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
- 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
- If you can’t knit you could help by decorating twiddlemuffs.
Instructions, tools and materials available at the sessions.
- Court-side benches for the tennis club.
- Bird/bat boxes tbc
- Picking-up/dropping-off supplies for people who are unable to make the sessions. Team up with someone who cannot drive or has other commitments on session days.
- Gardening: Ingleby Drive pumping station. Please feel free to pull out some nettles or strim the grass.
- 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&t=3s
Some of the bees on the Ingleby Drive PS garden enjoying the hollyhocks in the sun
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 still unable to accept donations of fabric/yarn etc due to a shortage of available space for the time being. Please hang on to what you’ve got as we will be grateful for them soon.
- Please share our social media posts and encourage others to join in.
- If you would like to make a financial donation/direct debit 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 because conversations on social media become lost. Someone will get back to you but it might not be straight away due to 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 email@example.com and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk. There’s usually only one or two emails a month.
See you soon, Su.
Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt