Hi to all our Tadcrafters’ volunteers and supporters,

We hope that you managed to make the most of the brief spell of good weather at the end of March because it looks like we are going back to some typical April weather for a few days. While it’s still a bit nippy to be socialising outside there’s plenty of projects you can choose from to keep you occupied.  

Unfortunately, it’s still going to be quite some time until we are allowed to have a normal workshop but, weather-permitting, we’ll be able to have an outdoor chat and a cuppa whilst taking in what you have made and distributing supplies to you.

March donations

Thanks to everyone who has been hanging on to everything they have made over the last few months then dropped them off in March.

Thanks to our volunteers, over the last month our we have donated:

14 blankets and 6 Quilts to the Baby bank

66 heart cushions and matching drain bags to St. James’ Hospital

53 toiletry bags to Zero Waste Leeds

28 drawstring bags to Spirit of Christmas banana box toy project

10 tote bags to Second Chance Ostomy Yorkshire

70 Personal Effects bags to St. Leonard’s Hospice

30 toiletry bags, 40 shawls and 50 twiddlemuffs to York Teaching Hospital Charity

28 drawstring bags and 20 crocheted buttercups went to Dementia Forward

3 worry monsters to local Children’s Services

We have also:

Won £75 worth of plants from J. Parkers for the Gardening group

Had our 5th birthday

Had an outdoor drop-off/ pick-up session

Launched the Selby District Community Patchwork project

Featured in an article in the Selby Times

Given talk on Zoom in conjunction with YorKits as part of the Kyra International Women’s Festival week

 

Thank you to you all for making this possible.

 

Selby District and Tadcaster Community Patchwork

 

The biggest news since last month has been the introduction of the Selby District Patchwork Project.  This has come about because we were approached by Rural Arts in Thirsk to contribute towards their Keepsake project, funded by the government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Just like the Tadcaster Patchwork, everyone in the District is invited to contribute squares to represent how each of us is part of the community; individually joining together, and connecting with each other to make support networks in our neighbourhoods, villages and towns. If you would like to contribute, you would be very welcome but you will need to hurry because the closing date for the Selby Patchwork is 12th April. The decorated 15cm/6” squares need to be handed in to Community House in Selby, Sherburn Old Girls’ School, or The Barn, St. Joseph’s St. Tadcaster LS24 9HA. Depending on the finished size, we hope to be able to exhibit the completed work once assembled.

We’ve again been receiving lots of squares for the Tadcaster Community Patchwork this month.  The deadline for the Tadcaster Patchwork will be 17th May when hopefully the lifting of restrictions will mean we all have more socialising to do.

 

Full instructions on how to decorate your 15cm/6” square for either patchwork using embroidery, fabric paint, felting, knitting etc. are on our website.  If you are really stuck you can just draw a square and we can turn it into a fabric patch. Easy-peasy kits are also available at Community House and in the box outside the back door of The Barn.

 

If you still need inspiration to complete your square (or do another!) look out for #patchoftheday on twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 

Group updates

The next Tadcrafters meet will be a drop-off/pick up session in Tadcaster at The Barn 10am-12pm on Tuesday April 13th.   We will be remaining outdoors so you might be able to stay for a chat in small (socially distant) groups if you would like. Due to the timing of the plan for lifting the restrictions this is likely to be the situation for May and June too.

 

We hope to be able to bring back workshops in July, but because we have lots of new volunteers and things have changed over the last year or so we might do things a little differently, so if you would like to see evening sessions or a drop-off/pick up somewhere else, please let us know.  We cannot run everything ourselves but like to support new groups to become established.

 

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

 

Sherburn Tadcrafters

We plan to re-start workshops in Sherburn as soon as possible but in the meantime we can arrange delivery of supplies if you would like to join in our projects and cannot get to the Tadcaster sessions. A number of people have also asked about the possibility of an evening session.  If there is sufficient interest this is something that can be arranged if enough people are able to support it. If you are interested please get in touch and discuss with others on the group chat.

 

 

TadGrafters (woodwork group)

 

TadGrafters will be meeting outdoors for some whittling around the fire up at the Limestone Woodland Art Gallery (formerly called Little Land) from 4-6pm Wednesday 14th April. Obviously numbers are limited so please get in touch if you would like to join in.  If you are not already on the What’s App group please email to request a place.

 

Gardening Group: Quaker Burial Ground

 

The first meeting for the gardening group is going to be Sat 17th and Sun 18th April (NB a change to the original planned date) from 10am.

If you would like to come along to do some gardening please book your place by email and come suitably dressed for prickles and with your own equipment. You are also welcome just to pop along for a look and to register your interest.  We will be deciding on when and how often the group will meet depending on the interest shown. The aim is to tidy the area up by removing some of the more invasive plants and create a biodiverse habitat for wildlife using native plants. Current plans are for a small orchard and wildflower meadow, a seating area, colourful plants and flowers and an area for children to play together with information boards explaining the wildlife and the Quaker history of the garden. The story of our plans for the burial ground has won us £75 worth of plants in a competition for community gardens held by garden plant specialists J Parker and is supported by Tadcaster Town Council and Selby District Council who owns the land.

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

 

Beekeeping Group

The beekeeping group will be starting to meet soon.  If you are interested in learning how to care for bees and would like to be part of the team looking after a hive at The Barn please get in touch and keep an eye out for social media posts.

 

Project Updates

 

Worry Monsters

The first of the worry monsters went off to children’s services this month. The knitted monsters are quite difficult to make, especially so that they are child-safe. Not all of them have gone out yet as some are in Tadcrafters’ “Hospital” awaiting some adjustments, but we are pretty confident in their recovery.  Because of this, we are asking the knitters to look at making the hand puppets which are also used by Children’s Services to tackle mental health issues. We will continue to make the sewn worry monsters.  If you are a knitter, please look at the various patterns for the puppets on https://www.knitfornowt.org/ or ask for a copy from us by email. They come in family or professional group sets, and look much easier than the worry monsters.

 

There are strict safety rules to observe when making the monsters and puppets 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 or puppets direct to Knit for Nowt please do so as they are unable to keep up with the demand.

Banana Box bags

 

The first of the bags for the “Spirit of Christmas” Banana box project were delivered this month.  These bags are used to hold a book and a small toy to give to children from families who cannot afford this sort of basic stimulation.

“Please pass on our thanks to your fellow crafters. They are helping us to help improve quality of life for children”

 

The instructions are similar to our other drawstring bags but the size and drawstring length is different. 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 we can put you in touch with someone who would be delighted for you to do so.

 

Other news

Selby-based Brighter Futures are bringing the Creative Doodle Book to our district. This is a new on-line service encouraging people who are struggling with their mental health to get creative and receive support. Participants receive a free doodle book and coloured pencils, as well as get to join a zoom party every Weds from 5-6.30 from 14th April. If you are interested please contact info@brighterfutures.org.uk or ring 07808 645350

 

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

  • Hand Puppets There’s a wide choice of options and instructions also available on https://www.knitfornowt.org/. NB safety instructions.
  • Shawls for York Teaching Hospital Charity (York and Selby Hospitals). Any design including wide scarves.
  • Buttercups for Dementia Forward (used year round)

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 13th Apr

Drop-off/pick-up session

10am- 12pm

The Barn

Weds 14th Apr

TadGrafters

4-6pm

Limestone Woodland Art Gallery (Little Land)

Sat 17th  and

Sun 18th April

Gardening Group

10am onwards

 

Quaker Burial Ground

Sat 8th May

Drop-off/pick-up session TBC

10am- 12pm

Sherburn Library

Tues 11th May

Drop-off/pick-up session

10am- 12pm

The Barn

Weds 12th May

TadGrafters

4-6pm

TBC

Tues 8th Jun

Drop-off/pick-up session

10am- 12pm

The Barn

Weds 9th Jun

TadGrafters

4-6pm

TBC

Sat 12th Jun

Drop-off/pick-up session TBC

10am- 12pm

Sherburn Library

Sat 10th Jul

Drop-off/pick-up session TBC

10am- 12pm

Sherburn Library

Tues 13th Jul

Drop-in workshop session

10am- 3pm

The Barn

Weds 14th Jul

TadGrafters

4-6pm

The Barn

Tues 10th Aug

Drop-in workshop session

10am- 3pm

The Barn

Weds 11th Aug

TadGrafters

4-6pm

The Barn

Sat 14th Aug

Drop-off/pick-up session

10am- 12pm

Sherburn Library

Sat 11th Sept

Drop-off/pick-up session

10am- 12pm

Sherburn Library

Tues 14th Sept

Drop-in workshop session

10am- 3pm

The Barn

Weds 15th Sept

TadGrafters

4-6pm

The Barn

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