What a dedicated and hardy bunch of people our volunteers are! There was still a significant number of volunteers came out to hand in their makes etc and pick up fresh supplies despite the lockdown and the understandable wish to stay at home last month. In particular, we managed to gather together 300 Christmas stockings which have now gone out to help to put a little bit of sparkle into the lives of families that need it this year.
During November we have:
- Officially received our award from Selby District Council: runners up in the Social and Environmental Business of the Year category.
- Had a chat with Jonathan Cowap on Radio York
- Given 95 heart cushions and 66 drain bags to St. James’ Hospital
- Had a drop-off/pick-up session at The Barn
- Launched our virtual Gift cards
- Had Meetings with our virtual volunteers
- Donated 196 Christmas stockings, 15 scarves, 20 hats, 24 knitted toys, 18 chocolates with knitted covers and 15 baby cardigans, hats and bootees to Spirit of Christmas
- Given 100 Christmas stockings, 14 hat and scarf sets and 6 cosy chocolate oranges went to Selby District Food Bank
- Given 14 tote bags to Second Chance Ostomy Yorkshire
- Given 6 cardigans 4 hats and 3 bootees and a cot-sized patchwork quilt to local Children’s Services
- Given 15 shawls, 30 toiletry bags and 12 hats to York Teaching Hospital Charity
- 6 of our volunteers completed Mental Health First Aid training thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.
- Given 15 Personal Effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice
- Attended a Meeting with Selby District Disability Forum (Tadcaster)
- Met with a representative from Selby District Council to discuss the gardening project at the Quaker Burial Ground
With the recent announcement of the latest restrictions we will continue to meet briefly just to drop-off items and collect new supplies. Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable coming along. There’s no hurry to bring us anything you have made and we are happy to deliver supplies to people with addresses in the Tadcaster and Sherburn and surrounding villages area if you need them.
Smalls for All
Despite the difficulties this year has presented some of you took the opportunity to de-clutter, for which we are very grateful. We recently posted off a batch of bras bringing our total collected this year to 228: not too shabby!
Special thanks go to Anne Dixon, Jackie Wright – Shap Community Shop Cumbria, Jane Sanderson, Joanne Chadwick and Vicky Seaton – Hands on Hair and Beauty Leeds, and Sue Blackbird. Our grand total from the start is now 2390, all down to your generosity. Amazing! (Lynne)
The shawls that have been made so far for York Teaching Hospital Charity have been beautiful. They are being used to wrap around patients’ shoulders to keep them warm. They can be as simple or complicated as you choose, and basically a wide scarf will be absolutely fine. If it fits you it’s the right size.
We’ll be finishing the scarf and hat sets this month as demand will fall towards the end of the winter. Also please have a break from making twiddlemuffs for a while. We will be requiring them again in the future but York Hospital have plenty for the moment. I also still have lots of baby clothes because the organisations we give them to can’t distribute them fast enough so don’t start making them again just yet.
If you have any of the fabric bags that our latest supplies of yarn have come in, please let us have them back for re-use.
There are now three different projects using drawstring bags which vary in size but the method is still the same. Toiletry bags for York and Selby Hospitals, and the bags for the Yorkits feminine hygiene kits are each a standard size but the bags to go to Dementia Forward are a variety of different sizes to accommodate equipment etc for different activities.
We still have lots of gorgeous curtain-weight fabric which has been donated from Vanilla Interiors (Tadcaster) and Elaine Johnson Interiors (York) to work our way through. Second Chance Ostomy Yorkshire were delighted with the first tote bags we sent. These will be used by people being supported by the charity to carry a change of clothes as they get used to living with their ostomy. These simple flat bags are also used by patients in hospital which is why they have long handles so they can be used over the shoulder to carry items around. We also continue to make Personal effects bags for St. Leonard’s Hospice. These are wide bags with a three dimensional base and short handles. Please do not muddle them up.
Facemask packs are available from the box next to the finished facemasks which is left outside the door at the back of the Barn and accessible 24/7 and at Sherburn library when open. NB the finished sides of the masks should be around 6cm (2 ½”) maximum to fit properly. Please check the instructions. Masks are free to anyone in the local community, although the donations we have received from people who can afford it has been very much appreciated.
All our sewing projects are being supplied to volunteers cut and ready to sew. We realise that many of our volunteers are accomplished sewers but please email for and use the instructions to help you achieve a good quality, consistent finish.
Tadcaster Community Patchwork
We are continuing to receive some really lovely finished squares but there’s still plenty of scope for lots of other organisations and people to be represented.
We have lots of beautiful examples but some key organisations are still missing so if you fancy making one for the butchers, Lazenby’s jewellers, the chemists, the pet shops, the hairdressers, the florists, the charity shops, Clayfever, St. Joseph’s Church or School, St. Mary’s Church, the Grammar School, WI, Rosemary House, The Barn, Sainsbury’s, the surgery, the breweries, the pubs, or your village/area it would be great to make sure they are included. You can always check with me if you are concerned about duplication.
The finished squares can be dropped off at The Barn before by the end of January where they will be made into a wall hanging or suitable display to commemorate this unusual time.
If you would like to make your mark as part of our community we hope you will join in. If you would like instructions, inspiration or supplies have a look at the website or email us.
Thanks to NYCC funding we will be able to create individual kit boxes of equipment to have spaced workstations so we can start workshop sessions again from January. Numbers will be limited, of course, but it’s a step closer to getting back to our more sociable sessions. More information about how to book etc will be available in the January newsletter.
Mental Health First Aid
Thanks to 6 of our volunteers who became trained Mental Health First Aiders due to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund. Along with myself, Lynne, Sandra L, Alison Y, David at the Barn, and TadGrafters Craig and Nick L can all help people experiencing poor mental health to find the support they need. Tadcrafters is not a counselling service but, hopefully we can reduce some of the suffering local people might be going through. If you need help you can also find someone to talk to from this organisation which covers Selby District https://communitea.org.uk/
Virtual Gift Card
If you are stuck for a Christmas present for someone you might like to consider buying a Tadcrafters’ Virtual Gift Card. They are really great to send by post and don’t need any wrapping either! Your gift will be used to help us make and donate a wide range of items to worthy causes. You can donate money securely on our local giving page and if you donate £10 or more you can also have a free hand-printed logo tote bage for yourself. We also now have a third virtual volunteer, Kelsie, who is a recently qualified Graphic Designer. She is very kindly revamping some of our instruction sheets and has also designed our gift cards that we can deliver to you.
£6 will pay for at least one feminine hygiene kit that our volunteers will make and deliver to a girl in a developing country so that she can access around an extra 200 days of education and thereby help her family out of poverty.
£10 will pay for at least 10 twiddlemuffs that our volunteers will knit for people living with dementia. Each cosy mitt is decorated with tactile objects which can be pulled, twisted and fiddled with for a calming effect.
£15 will pay for at least 15 personal effects bags that will be made and donated to St. Leonard’s Hospice. These bags are used to return personal belongings to bereaved relatives at a very difficult time.
£30 will pay for at least 30 heart-shaped cushions that our volunteers will make and will be given to breast surgery patients, often with matching drain-bags. These cushions not only provide physical protection against bumps when venturing out after surgery but also attractive emotional comfort and support.
As you may recall, we have two lovely virtual volunteers who are helping us to be able to measure the impact Tadcrafters make. We have now developed a questionnaire that we would really appreciate you filling in whether you are a volunteer, you benefit from the things we make, you donate things to us or you just support us by appreciating what we do. We would like as many responses as possible which is why it’s only 10 questions long, most of which are multiple choice so it shouldn’t take too long!. We will print copies for you to pick up at the drop-in session but also please look out for the email version or the link to complete on line.
A big thank you to everyone who made and donated any of the huge amounts of items we received in November including 50 hats, 29 scarves, 200 stockings 30 toiletry bags, 15 shawls, 5 baby blankets, 15 personal effects bags, 5 tote bags and 19 twiddlemuffs. Thanks to Eunice, Sue L and Sandra J for everything they brought including lots of wound knitting yarn and to Pauline who has donated a big box of goodies again just before Christmas, including lots of covered chocolate oranges and sweets. Thanks to the new group in Sherburn who contributed around 40 stockings, 10 hats, 2 shawls and 18 scarves.
If you would like a mention (and I often forget people who really deserve one) please put a note in the bag of goodies you donate next time both with your name and the list of items as bags do tend to get mixed up together.
Most of what came in went straight out to help give a little sparkle to families especially in need of it this year.
“… thanks to the loyal volunteers who while the hours away making things to provide joy for other people who they are unlikely to meet. We have already squirrelled, about 8 hats, scarves, chocolates away for children in Doncaster as well as 2 of the baby outfits and boots. These will be well received by families concerned who are in one of the lowest income areas in the UK. We hope to give the rest away in our shop that will be open to 300 low income families in Selby. Your team does an amazing job and we appreciate being beneficiaries of some of the lovely items you have made” Ronnie (and Diane) Munro, Spirit of Christmas
The next Tadcaster Tadcrafters drop-off/ pick-up session will be on Tuesday 8th December 10.00am to 12.00pm (NB the slightly earlier time) indoors at The Barn. There will be a supply of kits to sew and knitting yarn. If you require anything specific please let me know in plenty of time and I will try to get it for you.
- keep your visit brief and stay at least 2m apart.
- Handle the supplies as little as possible. Packs will be labelled up with the date they were last handled, please do not open them up.
- wear a mask and use the hand sanitiser provided before and after your visit.
- sign-in please make sure we make a note of you on the old-fashioned register. If you have a smart phone please sign-in at the venue using the QR code.
Information about our policies, procedures and full Covid 19 risk assessment is available by email.
TadGrafters (Wood-working group)
The TadGrafters will all be meeting together both by Zoom and at the Barn at 4pm on Weds 9th December to plan out what they want to do over the next year and generally just have a chat. If you would like to join from home by zoom please contact me by email and I’ll send you the link. I’ll also put it on the TadGrafters What’s App group. If you have been thinking about joining the group this would be a great opportunity to find out the woodworking projects they do and maybe get involved.
Sherburn (and surrounding villages) Group
The Sherburn Tadcrafters drop-off/pick-up session due to take place on Saturday 5th December at Sherburn Library has had to be cancelled, unfortunately. The next session will hopefully be Saturday January 16th 10am-12pm and thereafter every second Saturday of the month. Karen will have a supply of sewing packs and knitting yarn to give out. We hope to be able to re-introduce workshop sessions eventually but not just yet.
Gardening Group: Quaker Burial Ground
Exciting news!! We have got the go ahead from Selby District Council and have been successful in receiving some funding from Tadcaster Town Council to be able to start a new gardening group with the aim of smartening up the Quaker Burial Ground site on Oxton Lane, Tadcaster. Sue Tennant has kindly offered to lead the group and is planning to start the project off on Saturday and Sunday the 9th/10th January starting at 10am each day. Initially the plan will be to tackle the briers and the self-seeded bushes that are making the place look untidy.
We welcome anyone who would like to come along on the weekend to help. Please come suitably dressed with gardening gloves and secateurs etc if you have them. For the moment at least we would prefer you to bring your own equipment, and remember to maintain a 2m social distance. If you would like and a snack or drink you will need to bring them too. NB there are no toilet or other facilities. If the weather looks very bad, please check your email (if you are on the mailing list) and/or our Facebook page to find out about any possible cancellation.
Sue Tennant will be leading the group and we will be making a list of names of people interested on the day.
We have a group leader, Sara Gott, and thanks to David at The Barn, we a hive and most importantly some bees which are currently over wintering in Healaugh at the moment. Keep checking the newsletters for more information about how and when you can get involved.
Selby District Disability Forum (SDDF), has a Disability Action Group, working in Tadcaster to make improvements to the local area for those living with disabilities. They need more people to join them, and help make those changes. If you have a disability, or care for someone with a disability, and can spare an hour or so a month, then please get in touch them to find out more! You can contact Jo who is the Project Coordinator by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 07724900518
Back in March we were awarded the runner-up prize in the Selby District Business Awards Social and Environmental Business of the Year 2020. We have now officially received the award, you might have seen the press coverage in the selby Times around 25th November.
List of Current projects
We welcome anyone who would like to join us but ask you to please stick to our current projects as other items can be hard to find homes for. We are able to supply materials for free and instructions are available 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.
- Drawstring bags for Dementia Forward and York and Selby Hospitals.
- Personal effects bags forSt. Leonard’s Hospice.
- Tote Bags for Second Chance and York Teaching Hospital Charity
- 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). Deadline January 2021. Instructions also available on the website.
- Face Masks. Please email for written instructions or follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJQexwK8Yg . Packs available in the box at the back door of The Barn 24/7 and Sherburn Library during opening hours.
- YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags.
- Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital.
- Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity (York and Selby Hospitals). Any design including wide scarves.
- If you can’t knit you could help by decorating twiddlemuffs.
- If you can’t sew there are non-sewing tasks such as threading drawstrings that are really useful to the team, please ask.
- 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.
- If you are interested in joining the TadGrafters, gardening or bee keeping groups please get in touch or check the newsletter for updates.
- If you are interested in starting another interest group in Selby District please get in touch.
- Tombola: We are always on the look-out for suitable tombola prizes, especially crafty ones.
Instructions, tools and materials available at the sessions.
- Bird/bat boxes, bug hotels and hedgehog lodges for local wildlife.
Pictures of all our projects and information about how and who they help can be found on our website.
Wish list and other ways to help
We are now able to accept limited donations of fabric/yarn etc. again, but we still have a shortage of available space, so the closer to our wish list the donation, the better.
- New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric
- New or nearly new knitting yarn. Any colour or weight
- Items, especially hand-crafted ones, suitable for our tombola stalls
- Vintage fabric and haberdashery. What is not suitable for our own use we sell to people who really appreciate it whilst raising funds for our projects.
- “Gently worn” bras and new pants for “Smalls for All” http://smallsforall.org/
- 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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and add us to your list of contacts so we don’t end up in the junk. There are usually only one or two emails a month.
See you soon, Su.
Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt
Tadcrafters community Interest Company is supported by funding from