5TH JANUARY UPDATE: ALL JANUARY FACE TO FACE SESSIONS ARE NOW CANCELLED AND FEBRUARY SESSIONS WILL BE CONFIRMED NEARER THE TIME.
Please the January 2021-update post for details of how you can obtain supplies.
We might not all have had the Christmas we were hoping for but I hope you’ve been able to have some time to recharge your batteries. Let’s hope that things are a little easier for us all in 2021 but while we are waiting we’ll keep doing what we have been doing and make a difference to many people’s lives by doing something we enjoy. Take a few moments to have a look at our review of 2020. I hope the statistics help you to appreciate how important your support has been over the year.
During December we have:
- Had a drop-off/pick-up session
- Had a TadGrafters planning session
- Made and donated 20 face masks to a local initiative to supply hampers to elderly residents in Auster Bank
- Received £250 funding from Tadcaster Town council for the Quaker Burial Ground Gardening Project
- Attended a Green spaces Project meeting
- Donated 20 face masks to “Reuse and Thrive” charity in Edinburgh
- Donated 20 Shawls and 30 toiletry bags to York Teaching Hospital Charity
- Donated 43 personal effects bags to St. Leonards Hospice
- Donated 10 hats and 10 scarves to Selby district Food Bank
- Donated 10 drawstring bags to Dementia forward
The restrictions are changing all the time but we have been able to meet because we are an educational and/or charitable activity giving support. Any alterations to the arrangements in this newsletter will be notified by email and social media. Throughout most of 2020 we have met briefly just to drop-off items and collect new supplies. We were aiming to offer a limited number of people the chance to stay for a workshop session from January, but unfortunately it looks as though this will have to be postponed until February.
We will still be operating a drop-off/pick up service but 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, Sherburn and surrounding villages area if you need them.
When you hand in your items there’s no need to package everything in plastic. All donations are quarantined for at least three days before being safely sorted, photographed and parcelled-up to go to the various worthy causes where they will be quarantined again before use.
Our new project will be to crochet buttercups for Dementia Forward. These are very small and will not take very long for many of you to make so please don’t all make hundreds! They are going to be used as decoration on key fobs and similar items in activity packs that will go to people living with dementia and their carers. They need to be yellow (unsurprisingly).
If you are more of an accomplished knitter you may prefer to make a start on making daffodils for Marie Curie which will be needed in March.
The shawls that we continue to make for York Teaching Hospital Charity are very well received and can be wide-ranging in complexity and design to suit your ability.
The scarf and hat sets have been mainly for Christmas presents but adult hats are always popular at the hospital if you still want to make them for a bit longer, but no baby clothes please for the moment.
Sewing kits are available for a range of different types of bags. 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.
Facemask packs are available between sessions 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.
Tadcaster Community Patchwork
Please continue to make the 6”/15cm squares. There are more businesses and organisations in Tadcaster than you might think so still plenty of scope for lots more squares to be added. The bigger the patchwork is the better. You can always check with me if you are concerned about duplication. As it is a commemoration of the current situation we are keeping the project open until the end of the pandemic.
Thanks to NYCC funding we have created individual kit boxes of equipment to have spaced workstations so hopefully we can start workshop sessions again, hopefully from February. Numbers will be limited, and socially dstanced etc of course, but it’s a step closer to getting back to our more sociable sessions. Final arrangements will be made the week before the session when we should know about any changes in restrictions and you will be able to book your place. The drop-off/pick-up session will continue as normal for those not wishing to stay.
We are hoping to be able to make a lot of the YorKits feminine hygiene kits in the workshop sessions but we are quite low on stocks of winceyette sheets (brushed cotton) and patterned lightweight polyester/cotton fabric. If you have any available to donate we would be very appreciative.
Virtual Gift Card
If you are ever stuck for a 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! They are £6, £10, £15 and £30 and the money raised will be used to support our projects. Donations can be made on our local giving page, just tell us you would like a gift card when you donate.
Questionnaire and impact report
We are often asked lots of questions which require numbers to help us illustrate the importance of what we do like how many volunteers we have, how many hours they put in how many things have we made etc. We are hoping to pull together all this information but we need some help from you. Please help us by filling in our questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SGHHKTN and give us some quotes to let us know what difference Tadcrafters has made to you.
A big thank you to everyone who made and donated any of the amounts of items we received in December including 43 personal effects bags, 10 tote bags, 20 shawls, 30 toiletry bags, 10 DF bags, 20 face masks, 11 hats and 9 scarves.
Thanks in particular to Anne H and Diane who made most of the PE bags, and Eunice for many of the knitted items.
““… thanks to the loyal volunteers who while the hours away making things to provide joy for other people who they are unlikely to meet….your team does an amazing job and we appreciate being beneficiaries of some of the lovely items you have made” Ronnie Monroe, Spirit of Christmas
“…a huge thank you to all the crafters who have made items” Manager of Selby District Foodbank
“These are so lovely; I wasn’t expecting anything like this. My children are going to be so happy. I almost want to cry.” Recipient of our Christmas Stockings and Hat & Scarf sets from Selby District Foodbank.
Tadcrafters drop-in and workshop session
The next Tadcaster Tadcrafters drop-off/ pick-up session will be on Tuesday 12th January 10.00am to 12.00pm at The Barn. There will be a supply of kits to sew and knitting yarn to take away. 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 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 on your way in 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 be meeting on zoom from 4pm on Weds 13th January. The link will be shared on the TadGrafters Whats App group and TadGrafters emailing list. Please get in touch if you would like to join either. After a sucessful planning meeting in December the group have decided to make various bird boxes and also twiddleboards for people living with dementia. Workshop places will be limited due to socially distant working. Please let us know in advance if you wish to come along and follow the guidance above.
Sherburn (and surrounding villages) Group
The next Sherburn pick-up/drop-off session will 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 in Sherburn eventually but not just yet.
Gardening Group: Quaker Burial Ground
We are starting our 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 will be taking advice from the Woodmeadow Trust, (https://www.woodmeadowtrust.org.uk/) a pioneering charity based in Escrick which will help us take practical action to contribute towards addressing the catastrophic decline in biodiversity in the UK.
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 need you to bring your own equipment, and remember to maintain a minimum 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 in continuing on the day. There’s no need to book a place. The Quaker Burial Ground is on Oxton Lane, Tadcaster, opposite the turning to The Tadcaster Primary Academy school.
The bees are still over wintering in Healaugh at the moment. Keep checking the newsletters for more information about how and when you can get involved.
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, an organisation or feature of Tadcaster, (and your name). 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 simple wide scarves.
- Buttercups for Dementia Forward (crochet)
- Daffodils for Marie Curie
- 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 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. If you would like to join in from home you would be very welcome.
Pictures of all our projects and information about how and who they help can be found on the “what we do” section of 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 clean, nearly new winceyette (brushed cotton) sheets/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.
Have a wonderful 2021, see you soon, Su.
Directors Tadcrafters CIC: Su Morgan, Lynne Howard and Sandra Levitt
5TH JANUARY UPDATE: ALL JANUARY SESSIONS ARE NOW CANCELLED AND FEBRUARY SESSIONS WILL BE CONFIRMED NEARER THE TIME
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