Hi Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,

We hope you are taking good care of yourselves and are looking forward to some nicer weather and the opportunity to get out and about a bit more.  As we have not been able to meet up and collect in any of the lovely things that you have made we haven’t been able to donate anything during February but here at Tadcrafters HQ there’s been lots of busy planning going on.

International Women’s Week

Normally at this time of year we support Yorkits at their big event at the Minster (and celebrate our birthday- we’re nearly 5!).  Of course this year we are doing things a bit differently and we have been invited by Kyra Women’s Project in York to take part in their International Women’s Week Festival.  On Wednesday 10th we will be talking about all things Tadcrafters from 11am-12pm. Later from 1-2pm we will be supporting the amazing Yorkits team where there will be lots of guest speakers who have worked closely with the various communities around the world where our washable feminine hygiene kits have been taken including eg Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, and India. We hope you will be able to join us.  Kyra’s theme is supporting women in a post-pandemic world; they have panels, groups, exercise and well-being sessions, art, poetry, information and lots more. Join them starting Monday 8 March which is International Women’s Day. See the programme for how to book your place on the Kyra website website or follow this link  International Women’s Week – kyra

 

Tadcaster Community Patchwork

We’ve received lots of squares for the Tadcaster Community Patchwork this month.  You might have seen some of them on our “Patch of the Day” posts on social media. 

There’s still time if you would like to join in, or ask for one to be made if you are a local organisation, as the deadline for handing them in (to The Barn) isn’t until the end of the pandemic. Instructions are available on the website or by email. If you would like to knit/crochet a flower (max 12cm/5”) or other design for us to attach to a square that’s absolutely fine too. Here’s a few example

If you want to do something simple, like the heart above, there’s now an easy-peasy kit version available in the box outside the back door of The Barn.

Impact Report and Questionnaire

Thank you to Katie one of our Virtual Volunteers who is now leaving us because she has secured a full-time job after leaving University and we wish her the very best of luck in her career. She has been helping with some research ready for the Impact report. We’ve had some really inspiring comments on our questionnaire. We are keeping it open for a little longer so if you have 5 minutes spare we would really appreciate it if you could tick some multiple-choice boxes.   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9PMR5LS

Group Updates- We’ll meet again!

The next Tadcrafters meet will be a drop-off/pick up session in Tadcaster at The Barn 10am-12pm on March 9th. We hope to also be able to run the workshop from April. Unfortunately the next meeting in Sherburn might not be until May but we’ll let you know if that changes.

People who are new to Tadcrafters might not be aware of how we operate. You can choose from the list of projects which you would like to make and how many; just collect the appropriate kits from the drop-off/pick-up sessions or provide the materials yourself.  If you need thread or basic equipment please ask. Everything is free, but if you decide to keep anything for yourself a donation is appreciated.  Whatever you make you can drop-off with us the following month and we will distribute them. Instructions are not provided in the kits but are available byemail from tadcrafters@outlook.com. Please read them carefully to ensure a consistent and good finish. Please stick to our current projects as other items can often be difficult for us to donate.

Please join the Tadcrafters Chat Group, or Sherburn Tadcrafters Chat Group on Facebook to link up with each other and welcome new members.

TadGrafters (woodwork group)

TadGrafters will be meeting at 4pm on Zoom on 10th March.  If you are not already on the TadGrafters mailing list or What’s App group please email for the link if you are interested in discussing all things woodwork.

Gardening Group: Quaker Burial Ground

Unfortunately we’re not going to get on site with our new group of gardening volunteers until April 10 &11th from 10am. We will confirm arrangements nearer the time but if you’d like to join us you’ll need to be suitably dressed for prickles and bring some gloves and secateurs with you if you have them. Dan at  Woodmeadow Trust and Nick from Project Wild CIC have kindly advised us about what plants to keep and grow to encourage wildlife and native species and we’ll need to be really careful not to disturb nesting birds now.  

The Quaker Burial Ground is on Oxton Lane, Tadcaster, opposite the turning to the Tadcaster Primary Academy school. Feel free to go and have a look at the site.

Beekeeping Group

The bees arrived at The Barn on 25th June 2020 and were expertly persuaded by Priscilla to over winter with her other hives (the event was recorded and is now on youtube). They are due to return to live at The Barn soon where there’s a hive and equipment ready for them, and we would now like to put together a small group who can look after them. We could use someone who perhaps already has a hive or 2 and knows what they are doing but we’re hoping to be able to provide some advice and guidance too. If anyone is interested please get in touch with David at The Barn. david@yorplan.co.uk

Project Updates

Toiletry bags

We currently make drawstring bags that go to York and Selby Hospitals to be filled with toiletries for patients who are admitted, possibly at short notice, and are unable to have supplied brought in by visitors.  We are now also going to supply them to Zero Waste Leeds as part of their #GiveLeeds initiative where they are going to fill our bags with donated toiletries and donate them to families who are struggling to afford the basic essentials. You can find out about their projects, as well as lots of interesting information about reducing waste, the circular economy and sustainability on their website https://www.zerowasteleeds.org.uk/

Worry Monsters

I know a few of these have been made already and I’m really looking forward to seeing them. We are knitting and sewing Worry Monsters to support Children’s Services in our area.  Worry Monsters are used to help children to resolve their worries. When a worrying or troubling thought comes into the child’s mind they can write it down, or draw a picture, and feed it to a monster. 

 

There’s lots of information and choice of knitting and crochet patterns on https://www.knitfornowt.org/  but we are focusing on one monster pattern (the toothy monster) just to make things simpler for you.  As long as you follow the safety rules we don’t mind which you do. We were hoping to be able to stuff and finish them off at a workshop session in March but this won’t be possible now. You can either hand them in in March and I’ll stuff and finish them off, or you can wait until the April session to do it yourself. Tadcrafters have developed a sewing pattern and instructions for you and supplies will be available in kits. Please email for the instructions. There are strict safety rules to observe when making the monsters but they will be great fun to make and hopefully will be fun and effective to use. 

 

If you are not local to Tadcaster and it is easier for you to send your monster direct to Knit for Nowt please do so as they are unable to keep up with the demand.

 

 

Banana Box bags

 

Selby Charity “Spirit of Christmas” supply toys to struggling families in banana boxes. They have asked us to supply drawstring bags which will be used to hold a book and a small toy to give to children. NB we are not collecting toys for them but if anyone would like to be a drop off point in our area to collect toys I can put you in touch with someone who would be delighted for you to do so.

 

The instructions are similar to our other drawstring bags but the size and drawstring length is different.

 

Seagulls Reuse

We’re linking up with Seagulls to supply items for their themed kit boxes for people in the Leeds area. Their main aims are to raise awareness for recycling and reuse particularly in the collection, reprocessing and distribution of unwanted household paint, but they also deliver community arts projects and workshops for people living with long term mental health problems and offer bespoke work experience and volunteering opportunities encouraging people to learn life skills. You can find out more about what they do on https://seagullsreuse.org.uk/

             

List of Current projects 

We welcome anyone new 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 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.  We are able to supply materials locally for free and instructions are provided by email or the links provided below; if you need help, please ask.

 

Sewing

  • Worry Monsters for Children’s Services –Toothy the worry Eater: https://www.knitfornowt.org/worry-puppet-patterns
  • Drawstring bags for Dementia Forward, Banana box project, YorKits York Teaching Hospital Charity and Zero waste Leeds.
  • Personal effects bags for Leonard’s Hospice.
  • Tote Bags for York Teaching Hospital Charity
  • Tadcaster Community Patchwork. Create your own 15cm/6” square 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
  • YorKits liners, shields and drawstring bags.
  • Heart-shaped cushions and drain bags for St. James’ Hospital.

Knitting/crochet

  • Worry Monsters We are focussing on the “Toothy monster” but there’s a wide choice of options and instructions also available on https://www.knitfornowt.org/.
  • Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity (York and Selby Hospitals). Any design including wide scarves.
  • Daffodils for Marie Curie can be placed in boxes will be used for next year
  • Buttercups for Dementia Forward will be used year round so don’t worry if you think you might miss a deadline.

 

Other projects

  • If you can’t knit or sew there are non-sewing tasks such as threading drawstrings and decorating twiddlemuffs 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.

TadGrafters

Instructions, tools and materials are available at the sessions. If you would like to join in wood working projects 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 really short of storage space so please try to stick as close as possible to our wish list..

  • New or clean, nearly new polyester/cotton or other lightweight woven fabric or brightly printed duvet covers
  • 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
  • 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/
  • Vintage fabric, equipment and haberdashery (see below)
  • Any items not suitable or surplus to our own use we sell to people who really appreciate it, whilst also raising funds for our projects.

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/Sherburn 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 tadcrafters@outlook.com  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

 

Calendar

Date

Event

Time

Location

Tues 9th Mar

Drop-off/pick-up session

10.00am- 12pm

 

The Barn

Weds 10th Mar

Kyra Event

11am-12pm

Eventbrite/zoom

Weds 10th Mar

Yorkits Kyra Event

1-2pm

Eventbrite/zoom

Weds 10th Mar

TadGrafters

4pm

zoom

Sat 10th  and

Sun 11th April

Gardening Group

10am onwards

 

Quaker Burial Ground

13th Apr

Drop-in workshop session

10am- 3pm

The Barn

14th Apr

TadGrafters

4-6pm

Little Land TBC

8th May

Drop-off/pick-up session

10am- 12pm

Sherburn Library

11th May

Drop-in workshop session

10am- 3pm

The Barn

 

 

Tadcrafters CIC is supported by Selby District Council CEF, Tadcaster Town Council and NYCC   

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